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Events are planned by a variety of organizations in more than 60 communities across the country. CUPE staff and members will participate in marches, sacred water ceremonies, film screenings and press conferences in Halifax, NS, Winnipeg, MN, and all across Vancouver Island.

In Mexico City, the CUPE delegation attending alternative events that coincide with the Fourth World Water Forum will rally in the streets of the capital city along with thousands of other activists who oppose privatization of public water.

Canadians need to protect their municipal water delivery and wastewater services by keeping them public, said Paul Moist, in a news release issued jointly by four Canadian groups active on water issues. “Public private partnerships take the delivery and management of water services out of the hands of municipal governments, resulting in poorer quality services at higher costs and lack of local control,” he said.

Reports and photos of the CUPE delegation’s trip to Mexico are available on-line.