Toronto, June 9, 2019.- The Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) solidarity network held its 9th Biennial Convention from June 8-9, 2019, in Toronto. Elizabeth Hill and Isaac Saney, CNC co-chairs, welcomed Ambassador of Cuba to Canada, Josefina Vidal and special invited guests from the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), Mrs. Sandra Yisel Ramírez, Director of North America, and Mr. Yamil Martínez, Canada desk official.
CNC member groups reported the work carried out by their organizations since the 8th Convention in 2017. During the panel discussions, Convention delegates exchanged viewpoints and experiences on the movement of solidarity with Cuba and Latin America. Likewise, they underscored the importance of continuing solidarity actions with the Cuban Revolution and incorporating the new generations into the movement.
During the final session, Convention delegates elected a new Executive Board and set out the guidelines for the 2019-2021 period. They strongly called on the US to immediately and unconditionally return to Cuba the territory illegally occupied by the Naval Base in Guantanamo, and to put an end to the US blockade against the island, including Title III of the Helms Burton Act, which was recently activated.
As part of the programme, a public meeting under the theme “Cuba moving Forward in 2019”, featured Ambassador Josefina Vidal, who gave a talk on Cuba´s current situation.
Former Canadian Ambassador to Cuba, Mr. Mark Entwistle, spoke on Cuba-Canada relations and exchanged views with Conference attendees.
The Cuban delegation was made up of Consul General of Cuba in Toronto, Mrs. Tania López Larroque, and other officials from the Embassy of Cuba.