LETTER: Winterfest committee cancels annual event
The Winterfest Organizing Committee regrets to inform our community that the 19th Annual Winterfest Family Celebration has been cancelled due to planned labour action by striking CUPE City workers during the event. The Committee decided to cancel the event after hearing that some participants would not continue in the event if the CUPE city workers were maintaining a picket line.
CUPE 2262 issued the following notice in the form of a media release dated November 20, 2014 stating that “CUPE city workers will be maintaining picket lines during Winterfest, including the planned tree lighting on December 5, 2014” (http://www.cupe.bc.ca/news/3592).
The Winterfest Committee has worked hard to organize the 2014 Winterfest event. The Committee is deeply disappointed these actions have forced the Committee to cancel the parade of lights and the opportunity for children to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Spirit Square.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Community, the numerous volunteers and the generous sponsors for your many years of support of this much anticipated annual celebration.
We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.
Winterfest Organizing Committee