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Join the Canadian Network on Cuba and friends of Cuba from all over the world!

November 17, 2022
5pm Vancouver | 7pm Winnipeg | 8pm Toronto | 9pm Halifax

To register, click this link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4heesBBvSdyWm2rYlBZrlQ

In light of the 30th consecutive United Nations General Assembly vote against the unilateral blockade on Cuba, we will discuss the almost universal international solidarity with Cuba and the necessity of ending the cruel attack on Cuba's economic and political sovereignty by the US.

Guest speakers to be announced in the coming days. Stay tuned!

 
MATANZAS FIRE FUNDRAISING ANNOUNCEMENT Print E-mail
From Keith Ellis – Co-ordinator CNC Fundraising

I am sure that you know that Cuba has suffered a devastating blow. A lightning strike during a thunderstorm on Friday night, evading the precautions and defenses known to science, set off a fire in one of eight storage tanks in the bay of Matanzas containing oil used for power generation. The highly flammable feeder of a fire that is proving difficult to extinguish has not only kept this disaster going for days now but has enabled this horribly wasteful disaster to cause four explosions and ignite a second storage tank. The winds are picking up and threatening a third tank of this indispensable and expensive fuel.

Cuban firefighters have brought all their skills and their valour to the task, but the indispensable and expensive commodity for a modern economy has so far accounted for one death and seventeen missing firefighters, as well as injuring at least 120 people. Cuba’s appeal for international help came after it had already been offered by Russia and Bolivia and the response from Latin America, the Caribbean and other parts of the world has been positive. Mexico and Venezuela have already sent crews to fight the gigantic fire. Even the United States has spoken of offering technical assistance to quell the fire, an offer that is being assessed with respect to its implication for U.S. law and the long-lasting U.S. blockade.

The CNC is proposing a campaign for funds to help Cuba to deal with this disaster, one that comes not long after the destructive set-back to the country`s tourism industry caused by another gas explosion, this one to the Saratoga Hotel in Central Havana. The fundraising committee is suggesting a brief and intense campaign to raise funds for Cuba in these difficult times, an initiative already undertaken by a group in Calgary. The CNC is grateful for your contribution to this campaign and for any suggestions that you might have for making it more wide-reaching.

Keith Ellis
CNC Fundraising Committee

Your donation may be sent by e-transfer to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Write your cheque to Association of Cubans in Toronto and Mail to:

Julio Fonseca
705 King Street West # 1706
Toronto, ON
M5V 2W8

Unfortunately, the CNC is unable to give tax receipts for your donations.


 
CNC Statement on the Matanzas Fuel Base Fire Print E-mail
La Red Canadiense de Solidaridad con Cuba (CNC) sigue atentamente las operaciones de extinción del fuego ocasionado por una descarga eléctrica en la base de combustible en la ciudad de Matanzas. Elogiamos la rápida acción de las autoridades del gobierno cubano para prevenir más daños a la estructura de dicha base y la protección de vidas humanas.

Este lamentable accidente ocurre en momentos en que Cuba enfrenta escasez de combustible debido en gran medida a las sanciones impuestas por EEUU, las que están encaminadas a asfixiar la economía y causar dificultades al heroico pueblo cubano.

Nuestros pensamientos están con Cuba en estos momentos de dolor. Deseamos una pronta recuperación a los lesionados, y como siempre, reafirmamos nuestro apoyo irrestricto al pueblo cubano.

The Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) is saddened to hear about the fire accident that occurred at the Matanzas fuel base due to a lightning strike, and commends the swift and brave action taken to extinguish it to prevent further loss, at a time when Cuba is experiencing severe fuel shortages under sanctions by the United States that relentlessly attempts to asphyxiate its economy and cause daily suffering for the Cuban people.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the heroic victims and their families, and we are thinking of them in this time of pain, while we wish them a speedy recovery.

As always, the CNC stands in unwavering solidarity with Cuba, especially in this time of critical shortages of fuel and other basic necessities. Our thoughts and support are with the Cuban people.

 
Remembering Cuban Revolutionary Diplomat Ricardo Alarcon Print E-mail


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Havana, 1 May 2022.


Veteran Cuban diplomat and politician Ricardo Alarcon passed away today in Havana, close to his 85th birthday, relatives and official sources confirmed.


The history of Cuban revolutionary diplomacy cannot be written without mentioning among its most precious pages the brilliant and innovative performance of Ricardo Alarcon de Quesada, the Havana embassy in Romania wrote on social media.


Alarcon served as Foreign Minister from 1991 to 1993; he was Cuba’s ambassador to the UN when the island sat at the Security Council as a non-permanent representative, and for 20 years he presided over Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power (parliament).


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CNC Sends Our Condolences to the Cuban People for the Saratoga Hotel Tragedy Print E-mail

His Excellency, Hector Igarza Cabrera

Ambassador of Cuba
Cuban Embassy
Ottawa, ON
Dear Mr. Ambassador,
On behalf of 23-member organizations of the Canadian Network on Cuba, we convey our heartfelt condolences to the Cuban people on the tragic gas explosion at the Hotel Saratoga this morning.
Our hearts go out particularly to the families of those who were killed and injured in this terrible accident. We express our admiration for the heroic emergency crew workers in their dangerous search for survivors in the rubble.
Please accept our deepest sympathy and unwavering support at this very sorrowful time.
Isaac Saney and Elizabeth Hill, Co-chairs
Canadian Network on Cuba
May 6, 2022
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