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Media Advisory

Halifax Council of Canadians Chair Maude Barlow will join Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) members at the Water Watch information picket today, along with Federal NDP Leader Alexa McDonough.

Barlow and McDonough support CUPEs campaign to stop the privatization of the harbour cleanup. Ms. Barlow will be speaking tonight at 7:30 at the Holiday Inn Harbourview against the multinational water corporations who are jockying for control of global water supplies.

We have a very real threat right on our doorstep from large water corporations wanting to take control of our water and waste water treatment facilities, warns CUPE Water Watch Co-ordinator Danny Cavanagh.

One of the two companies bidding on the harbour cleanup, Thames Water of Britain, has just been bought by a German power utility, RWE, says Cavanagh, making them the third largest water and waste group in the world. Their bottom line is to take control of as much of the globes water systems as they can, because water is a huge growth market.

Do we want global water giants profiting from and controlling our water systems? I think not.

The Water Watch information picket takes place tonight from 5 to 6 p.m. at City Hall.

On Thursday, October 12, CUPE National President Judy Darcy will be holding a press conference to release an analysis of the Request for Proposals on the Harbour Solutions Project, prepared by economist John Loxley from the University of Manitoba. The news conference will take place at 2:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Harbourview.

For more information please contact:
Danny Cavanagh at (902) 455-4180

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