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P3 Alert January 2006

Benchmarks for wait times open door for privatization

Jan 30, 2006 02:32 PM The Ontario Liberal government says benchmarks for wait times will show how well they are improving access to health care.

Quebec Bill 124 puts child care services at risk

Jan 30, 2006 02:36 PM Quebec’s Bill 124 (www.mfacf.gouv.qc.ca/publications/pdf/projet_loi124_en.pdf) was adopted in December 2005 amid much fanfare from Jean Charest’s Liberals.

Highway 407 tolls rise

Jan 30, 2006 02:38 PM Like clockwork, Highway 407 tolls will rise on Feb. 1, 2006, by 1.3 cents a km for cars and motorcycles, pushing the peak rate to 16.25 cents a km for light vehicles.

Accountants actually don’t like user fees?

Jan 30, 2006 02:40 PM The International Association of Chartered Certified Accountants – not always known for their progressive leanings on issues like privatization and user fees – has done an investigation of the effects of user fees on public services in developing countries.

PSAC brings ferry jobs in-house in N.W.T.

Jan 30, 2006 02:43 PM The Northwest Territories government has brought three ferry services in-house over the last five months.

Three strikes against privatization in B.C.

Jan 30, 2006 02:45 PM A series of good news stories out of British Columbia this month started the New Year off in great style.

Transport Canada loses battle over Digby wharf

Jan 30, 2006 02:47 PM On Jan. 19, Transport Canada lost its four-year legal battle against the Maritime Harbours Society (MHS) over the controversial privatization of a wharf in Digby, N. S.

Quotable Quote

Jan 30, 2006 02:49 PM “Privatization has made matters so much worse that in many countries, [it] is jokingly referred to as ‘briberization’.