Windsor firefighter's union cancels Chilifest in support of striking college staff

Members of the Windsor Profession Firefighters Association have cancelled their annual Chilifest in support of striking St. Clair College faculty.

Annual event is one of the union's biggest fundraisers

Members of the Windsor Profession Firefighters Association have cancelled their annual Chilifest in support of striking St. Clair College faculty.

Members of the Windsor Profession Firefighters Association have cancelled their annual Chilifest in support of striking St. Clair College faculty.

"We've decided to support our brothers and sisters at OPSEU that are striking right now," explained firefighter Jeremy Soulliere. "We don't want anyone crossing the picket line."

The event was planned for Nov. 8 at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts, where staff have been picketing since the public college strike began on Oct. 16.

WPFA creating new fundrasiers to cover loss

The event is one of the organization's biggest fundraisers, according to Soulliere, but after stewing over the "difficult" decision, he said WPFA members have decided to call off the 2017 Chilifest even if the strike ends before its scheduled date.

He added the union is working on a few new initiatives to make up for the loss this year, but the spicy stew celebration will be back.

"We're happy to put some support for some members out there on the picket lines fighting for a good cause," he said. "It will be back next year and people can enjoy the chili then."