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P3 Alert - April 2004

Abbotsford P3 hospital serves no public interest

Mar 30, 2004 02:22 AM It costs more and a 30-year agreement is unreasonably long, says an independent review on the Abbotsford P3 hospital plan.

Secrecy shrouds Ontario P3 hospitals

Mar 30, 2004 02:11 AM Newly released documents show the Ontario government is moving ahead with a massive hospital privatization plan, which would see the number of P3 hospitals in the province increase to at least seven hospitals.

P3 hospitals in the UK cut patient care for private profits

Mar 30, 2004 02:08 AM A new study shows that P3 hospitals in Britain are cutting patient care to pay fixed profits to a private consortium.

BC privatized housekeeping service stains cleanliness standards

Mar 30, 2004 12:00 AM Contractors with the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Coastal health authorities are facing allegations of understaffing and inadequate training. Whistleblowers at the hospitals warn that the privateers’ cost-cutting strategies don’t meet regional cleanliness standards, putting patients and workers in danger.

Bill 8 amendment is only a half victory

Mar 30, 2004 12:00 AM While CUPE members are pleased to see Bill 8 has been amended to exempt unions and collective agreements, concern about the threat of privatization remains.

Downloading halts PEI programs

Mar 30, 2004 12:00 AM Citing the provincial deficit, PEI Treasurer Mitch Murphy announced that the province will no longer contribute one-third of the costs of major public works projects.

Halifax gets federal funding to clean up harbour

Mar 30, 2004 12:00 AM A year after Halifax city council approved a massive project to clean up Halifax harbour, the federal government has announced $25 million in infrastructure funds to complement the public project.

It’s time to be ‘un-Albertan’

Mar 30, 2004 12:00 AM Alberta premier Ralph Klein continues his drive to privatize, calling on Albertans to do the most “un-Canadian” thing: challenge the Canada Health Act. The Opposition is asking Albertans to ignore their premier and be “un-Albertan”.

Ontario pitches massive P3 plans

Mar 30, 2004 12:00 AM The Ontario government has released a discussion paper on financing for infrastructure renewal, drawing heat for its plans to privatize the province’s infrastructure.

P3 bridge costs more

Mar 30, 2004 12:00 AM The Okanagan Mainline Municipal Association has told Kelowna city council that building a new bridge through a P3 will cost the city more than through public financing.

Privatization in BC catches fire

Mar 30, 2004 12:00 AM The Campbell government is leading British Columbia down a destructive path, says a Liberal caucus member who quit over Campbell’s push to privatize, particularly the privatization of BC Rail.

Protest in Quebec shuts down P3 conference

Mar 30, 2004 12:00 AM A March 23 conference on P3s in health care in Quebec was cancelled after hundreds of union activists flooded the streets in Montreal to protest.

Public Works for transit in Quebec

Mar 30, 2004 12:00 AM After three years of complaints about delays and poor quality service, the Longueuil public transit authority has decided to end its maintenance management contract with Slivia, putting repairs and services back on track.

The real agenda behind Martin’s budget: P3s

Mar 30, 2004 12:00 AM With an election expected soon, Paul Martin’s budget plays down privatization – but if you read between the lines, there’s no doubt about his agenda. With no new funding for health care, the pressure to privatize will continue to build.