Hamilton Hamilton Water Watch, a community coalition promoting the return of the Citys water and wastewater treatment to public operation, today launches a campaign to raise $2,800 to support Councillor Sam Merullas Freedom of Information (FOI) request for further financial disclosure of the Citys current private water contract.
We say that the people of Hamilton want public access to more information about the current deal with the private operator. Its unfortunate that the public, who should have the right to full financial disclosure, has to pay for this information. But we know that there are many people who will want to give their loonies and toonies to get the full financial picture of this contract, says Julie Dwyer-Young, a Hamilton Water Watch volunteer.
Councillor Merulla was forced to file a FOI request for further financial disclosure about repair costs in the 10 years of the agreement with a private operator for water and wastewater treatment. The City has said that they will charge $2,800 for the labour involved in retrieving the information from archives.
Hamilton Water Watch will be fundraising today outside of Hamilton City Hall at 5:00 p.m. at the Take Back Our City event.
The initial Hamilton Water Watch sponsoring groups include:
Hamilton Council of Canadians, Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP); Canadian Union of Public Employees; Hamilton Labour Council; Environment Hamilton.
For more information please contact:
Julie Dwyer-Young, CCODP, (905) 220-3405