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If only all fights were this quick and easy. It took just one week to scrap privatization plans after news broke that water corporation Zenon Environmental Inc. was interested in buying the Ontario community of Collingwood’s water filtration plant.

Local media reported that Zenon had hired former Liberal MP Paul Bonwick as a consultant to look into buying the plant after a meeting between the Zenon CEO, the mayor and another city official.

A concerned municipal councillor sounded the alarm in the media that talks about a plant selloff had happened without any discussion at council. Apparently wary of any brewing storm, Zenon CEO Andrew Benedek pulled the plug on a deal. He wrote to the Collingwood mayor saying “it was never our intent to cause you or your council any issues or any concerns. But it appears that it has.”