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P3 Alert - February 2006

CUPE 30 in Edmonton freezes plan for P3 ice rink

Mar 8, 2006 09:43 AM Quick action by CUPE 30 and the Edmonton and District Labour Council froze a plan by city council to close community ice rinks and replace them with a privately owned mega-complex.

Kingston councillor leads colleagues to reject P3 for ice rink

Mar 8, 2006 09:46 AM Thanks to councillor Rick Downes, the City of Kingston, Ont., has voted “not to enter into any public private partnership that would prevent or in any way restrict the City of Kingston from constructing new publicly owned and operated arenas…as the need for more indoor ice surfaces arises.”

B.C. municipal credit rating dip linked to privatization

Mar 8, 2006 09:50 AM Regional and municipal politicians should think twice about using public private partnerships for infrastructure projects.

B.C. businesses love P3s—just don’t ask them why

Mar 8, 2006 09:54 AM Premier Gordon Campbell received two standing ovations when he announced a $3-billion highway and bridge mega-project to delegates at the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s convention on Jan. 3.

Britain having second thoughts about PFI hospitals

Mar 8, 2006 09:57 AM Citing a need for review, Britain's health secretary is indicating that the United Kingdom is having doubts about the future of hospitals built with private money.

India airport workers strike over P3 plan

Mar 8, 2006 10:03 AM Thousands of Indian airport workers went on a three-day strike Jan. 31 after the government-owned Airports Authority of India (AAI) announced it would lease the country’s two largest airports to private construction firms and their foreign partners.

Thailand woos German business for P3s

Mar 8, 2006 10:06 AM Thailand’s foreign affairs minister told delegates to a finance conference in Munich, Germany, that his country is open to public private partnerships to fund mega-projects such as the extension of Bangkok’s subway system.

Quotable Quote:

Mar 8, 2006 10:09 AM “P3s don’t work for every project, but we look at them for every project.”