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Thumbs downto the Halifax Regional Municipal council, for handing the harbour cleanup to water multinational Suez in the face of community opposition and evidence against privatization. HRM is now facing a human rights complaint based on racial discrimination for the location of one of the new plants.

Thumbs downto the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation, for selling off highway maintenance work and equipment to private contractors despite strong evidence from its own employees that contractors are taking the government to the cleaners.

Thumbs downto the Hamm government, for putting forward a scheme to privatize the operation of welfare services. One of the bids theyve received is from Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting), a company that has pocketed millions from a similar scheme in Ontario and has come under repeated, critical scrutiny from Ontarios provincial auditor.