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Privatization Watch - October 2008

Financial collapse builds case for public services


Oct 16, 2008 10:29 PM The financial collapse is ammunition in the fight against privatization, but citizens must protect public services from being sold by cash-strapped governments, Maude Barlow told delegates to a CUPE New Brunswick summit on P3s.

Hamilton's public, green power wins awards

Oct 29, 2008 02:03 PM The awards and accolades have been flowing since Hamilton’s water operations returned to public hands in 2005.

Scotland bans privatized hospital services

Oct 21, 2008 04:22 PM The Scottish government has ordered health boards to stop contracting out of cleaning, catering and other services.

CUPE works to trash Coquitlam contracting out

Oct 28, 2008 01:51 PM Coquitlam, BC municipal workers are fighting to contract in garbage collection services, after a messy experience with contractors.

Edmonton sewage plant stays public

Oct 30, 2008 04:23 PM Edmonton city council has postponed its decision on transferring of one of the city’s main wastewater treatment plants to EPCOR, a city-owned utility that operates as a private corporation. The move would have taken the wastewater operations out of the direct oversight of elected officials.

Public water win in Williams Lake BC


Oct 14, 2008 11:04 AM Defenders of public water have scored an important victory in Williams Lake B.C.

Barlow has UN’s ear on public water

Oct 22, 2008 12:17 PM The United Nations wants Maude Barlow’s advice on water, which is good news for water justice movements in Canada and around the world.