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Mobile classroom welcomes visitors; offers information on Public-Private Partnerships

KENORA, ON. — A mobile one-room schoolhouse is holding “open house” in Kenora on Thursday, October 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the City Hall parking lot.

The School of the 3-Ps” is travelling the province providing the public with information about the adverse impacts of Public-Private Partnerships (P3s), ventures used by governments to build public buildings (hospitals, arenas, etc.), and the privatization of our public services.

Housed within the mobile unit are displays offering capsulated information about the various forms of privatization, which have become popular with governments as they continue to abandon their responsibilities for the very services they were elected to provide. Displays demonstrate the high costs associated with P3s, and that they are a means to create profit for corporations at the expense of the taxpayer.

School House visitors are invited to view a short video presentation, and will be given an opportunity to submit their own concerns to their elected officials.

Featured prominently is “Flawed, Failed or Abandoned” by Natalie Mehra. The report is a quick, but comprehensive look at 100 Canadian and International public-private partnerships. It gives examples of how privatization of public facilities and services undermine the public interest, destroying the overblown claims of P3 backers.

Presented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, the little red schoolhouse tour is supported by the CUPE National Defence Fund.

For more information, contact:

Sharon Young
CUPE communications
(416) 299-9739
(905) 213-2404 (cell)