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P3 Alert - May 2007

TILMA newest vehicle in drive to privatize

Jun 11, 2007 01:59 PM A recent trade deal signed by British Columbia and Alberta undermines municipal decision-making and increases the push to privatize, according to a new legal analysis done by trade lawyer Steven Shrybman for CUPE.

Campaigning against municipal P3s in Québec

Jun 11, 2007 02:07 PM Municipal workers in Québec have launched a broad new push against P3s. CUPE will get its message out through a four-week billboard campaign as well as three weeks of radio and newspaper ads.

Privatized hospital costs $300 million more as P3

Jun 11, 2007 02:15 PM Newly-revealed court documents show the Ontario Liberal government went ahead with the province’s first privatized hospital, despite knowing the P3 hospital scheme would cost up to $300 million more than a publicly financed and administered facility.

Controversial water privatization fund under attack

Jun 11, 2007 02:22 PM CUPE has added its voice to the global outrage over a controversial fund that pushes privatization in the global South. The Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) has funded water privatisation consultants working in a total of 37 countries, from Afghanistan to Zambia since its creation in 1999.

Report unmasks privatization as Trojan horse

Jun 11, 2007 02:36 PM A new report from the Manitoba office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives unmasks privatization in its various forms, exposing the danger that hides behinds the pretty packaging.

B.C. transit bill paves way for P3s

Jun 11, 2007 02:39 PM A provincial government bill overhauling the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority, known as TransLink, is “like a staged coup of our region’s transportation system on behalf of big business,” says CUPE B.C. President Barry O’Neill. He warns the bill paves the way for P3s in transportation without public scrutiny, and hands taxation powers over to an unelected group chosen by the business community.

Public mows down contracting out

Jun 11, 2007 02:41 PM Municipal workers in Peterborough, Ontario, have mowed down a contracting out proposal that would have cost taxpayers as much as $67,000 more for grass cutting and litter pickup.

CUPE calls for public waste management in Newfoundland and Labrador

Jun 11, 2007 02:43 PM CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador has a major caveat to a recently announced provincial waste management strategy – it must remain in public hands.