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A major services review in Kingston, Ontario, may revive an old battle. A strong community coalition, including CUPE, defeated city council plans to privatize municipal services several years ago. Now, some councillors and the city bureaucrats want to sell off some services and revisit delivery of others. The move is a signal for the Kingston Coalition Against Privatization, which fought contracting out and privatization of buses, garbage collection, recycling, utility maintenance and other public services.

One councilor called the review a chance to finally get our house in order in the face of a limited budget. But community members have already spoken, saying contracting out and privatization are like selling the farm.