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Go Public! is the theme of a Calgary town hall meeting on privatization taking place this month. It’s the first in a series of community forums to help launch “Cross-Country Sell-Off”, CUPE’s annual report on privatization.

Billed as “not your average night of talking heads,” the plan is for Calgarians to put their heads together to talk strategies and solutions that defend public services. National President Judy Darcy will be the moderator for the discussion among CUPE members and our community allies.

With public health care and education under privatization pressure across the province, there’s no shortage of community

concern. There’s also inspiration. Organizers hope to draw lessons from the successful fight to keep Enmax, Calgary’s city-owned electrical utility, public.

Music from an Aboriginal women’s singing group and theatre about health care privatization will round out what promises to be a lively evening.

Forums are planned this fall in other communities profiled in Cross-Country Sell-Off. Check cupe.ca for reports and video from the town halls.