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P3 Alert - September 2007

FCM report urges caution on P3s

Sep 6, 2007 01:27 PM The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has released a research report which asks many questions of those pushing public-private partnerships.

CUPE pushes public solutions at BC municipal meeting

Sep 26, 2007 11:34 AM CUPE BC was front and center at a major municipal conference this week, opposing privatization and promoting public services. CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill says the public-private debate is at a “critical juncture”, given the intensified push for P3s federally and provincially.

Westmount contracts in water and sewer management

Aug 22, 2007 01:58 PM Starting Jan. 1 2008, Montréal's municipality of Westmount will maintain its own water and sewer systems.

Cleaning won't be privatized in Okanagan hospital P3s

Sep 27, 2007 12:05 PM Cleaning will continue to be publicly delivered at two British Columbia hospitals, even though the construction, finance and maintenance of facility expansion projects will be privatized.

Montreal transit workers protest Liberal P3 plans

CUPE 1983 members, workers at Montreal’s public transit authority (the STM). Photo: Michel Chartrand/SCFP QC

Sep 17, 2007 10:54 AM Montreal transit workers made a special stop yesterday outside the Liberal party’s general council. The workers are protesting plans to rewrite their collective agreements and privatize public transit.

CUPE sues Sackville over water sell-off

Privatized water: residents pay 38 per cent more, CUPE sues

Aug 30, 2007 03:05 PM CUPE will be in a New Brunswick court Nov. 13 to argue that Sackville town council's decision to privatize its water treatment facility violates the province's municipalities law.

Moist brings anti-P3 message to Cornwall

Paul Moist spoke about the dangers of public-private partnerships (P3s) to an overflow crowd Thursday in Cornwall

Sep 21, 2007 11:24 AM National President Paul Moist spoke about the dangers of public-private partnerships (P3s) to an overflow crowd of CUPE leaders, labour representatives, municipal and provincial politicians in Cornwall on Sept. 20.

New study on health care sustainability

A new study says ’yes’

Sep 17, 2007 11:09 AM The CCPA has released a study: How Sustainable is Medicare? refuting the alarmism from the Fraser Institute about health care spending growing out of control.

Tanzania stung by British water privateer

Sep 11, 2007 09:08 AM When City Water, a British consortium, won the contract to provide public water to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Africa, expectations ran high. But the private firm didn’t deliver on its promises and water prices went sky high when the company wasn’t realizing the expected profits.