Retired car salesman turning out baseball bats for Cuba Print E-mail
Article by Andrew Duffy, first published in The Ottawa Citizen

A retired Ottawa Valley car salesman is turning out hundreds of hand-made maple bats every year for Cuban baseball players as part of a decade-long effort to assist the impoverished island nation.

Bill Ryan, 66, spends 10 or 11 hours every day in his basement woodworking shop, making his now famous “Cubacan” bats.

This year, he wants to send 600 bats — they each cost about $50 — to Cuba, which is about to start its national baseball series. Professional quality bats are difficult to find and prohibitively expensive in Cuba, which remains the subject of a strict U.S. trade embargo.
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Cubacan 6060 Project Print E-mail


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To say the pandemic has had a huge impact on everyone is a gross understatement and this is true especially for Cuba with the cessation of its critical tourism economy. When you add the strengthening of the illegal, 60-year blockade of Cuba by Trump, we have a very “imperfect” storm.

Cuba will need at least 600 baseball bats for the next National Series, which begins on September 12th, but because of the blockade and the Covid pandemic, are unable to afford them. They have asked Canadian friends to assist in their acquisition. Bill Ryan, a long time Canadian supporter of Cuban baseball has taken on the task of helping Cuba in this by making these bats with his simple lathe. Bill has made bats for Cuba in past and the Cubans believe that these bats are as good as any they’ve purchase elsewhere and at a fraction of what would otherwise cost over $75,000.

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CUPW supports Cuban Medical Brigade Print E-mail
Friday August 21 2020

Representing the over 55,000 members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, we salute again the remarkable humanitarian solidarity exhibited by scores of Cuban medical workers serving humanity selflessly all over the planet. For over 60 years, Cuban medical brigades have provided care to some of the most marginalized with altruistic humanity. In particular, we recognize the Henry Reeve Contingent founded by late President of the Cuban Republic, Fidel Castro Ruz “with the purpose of saving lives in times of disasters, epidemics, pandemic and other events that require Cuban medical and paramedical health.”

Click here to read the full statement on CUPW website
 
Sept 27: Cuba Cultural Night Print E-mail
Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade to Cuba Webinar

September 27

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Sept 17: Lift the US Blockade on Cuba Now! Virtual Picket Print E-mail
Join us for a virtual picket on September 17th against the illegal US blockade on Cuba.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

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Please join the Canadian Network on Cuba and our allies in the Cuba solidarity movement on September 17 for our 3rd virtual protest action. It will be a continuation of coordinated monthly protests against the U.S. blockade which have been taking place in in Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal, Canada and Kiev, Ukraine on the 17th of each month since 2015.
 
Aug 29: Annual 25th Toronto-Cuba Friendship Day event Print E-mail


Due to COVID19, the event at the Toronto City Hall Rotunda is postponed. Check CCFA Toronto website for updates.
 
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