Public Values - Voices of privatizationVoices of privatization

Shaw introduces two-tiered system to crush competition - Posted: July 21, 2011
  Move contradicts company's supposed pro-Internet stance.

Muskoka renewable energy cooperative applies for support for community energy - Posted: July 21, 2011
  Private landowner would share revenue with non-profit and municipality.

Right-wing think tank recommends the privatization of Canadian water - Posted: June 28, 2011
  Blames municipalities rather than government underfunding for current state of water system.

Long-distance scorer reveals absurdity of corporate test-scoring system - Posted: January 05, 2011
  Politicians and corporations benefit from privatized test-scoring, students and test-scorers suffer.

BC P3 projects built on unethical and unprincipled business practices — economist - Posted: January 05, 2011
  Governments have wrongly embraced the idea that the private sector can build and operate less expensively than the public sector.

Quebec community groups create coalition to oppose privatization and support public services - Posted: January 04, 2011
  Regional coalition opposes the commercialization of the common good.

Decisions today on Ottawa's Lansdowne Park - Posted: June 28, 2010
  Council to decide if landmark will be privatized and intensely developed, or kept public and whole.

Drug lobbyist resigns from Alberta public health panel - Posted: May 06, 2010
  Albertans have said time and again they want publicly delivered health-care - Brian Mason.

Anti-privatization protests intensify in Phillippines - Posted: May 06, 2010
  Asian Development Bank (ADB) pushes privatization of water facilities across Asia.

The great American bubble machine - Goldman Sachs - Posted: May 06, 2010
  Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone provides details on how Goldman Sachs, from tech stocks to high gas prices, has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression.

Calgary privatization supporter getting cold feet - Posted: April 30, 2010
  Be wary, promised savings may never materialize, warns Herald columnist.

Private sector attracting more Quebec health professionals - Posted: March 30, 2010
  Nurses and doctors leaving public institutions, according to Merck-funded zine

New Brunswick power deal axed - Posted: March 24, 2010
  Grassroots protest congratulated on putting pressure on government to abandon plan.

Saskatchewan budget cuts 178 jobs across the board - Posted: March 24, 2010
  Public service cuts will total 15 per cent over next four years despite growth in economy.

OECD report touts privatizing Canada Post, power utilities - Posted: March 24, 2010
  Netherlands post office deregulated, now has decreased profits, higher postal rates.

World Water Day celebrated across Canada - Posted: March 24, 2010
  Union promotes public–public partnerships.

Ontario's plans are financially stupid - Smokey Thomas - Posted: March 23, 2010
  Hiring US investment bank like "a vampire squid wrapped around face of humanity" squeezing money out.

Senior federal scientists have to obtain permission to speak publicly, but rarely allowed to - Posted: March 23, 2010
  Muzzling of scientists responsible for cod fishery collapse, salmon stock decline.

Candidate Smitherman would privatize garbage, TTC - Posted: March 09, 2010
  Taking cue from feds and province, Toronto public services would be on the table.

Victoria looking to privatize sewage services against industry advice - Posted: March 09, 2010
  P3 not the way to go says construction head

Budget 2010, too little for too many - Posted: March 04, 2010
  Public service freeze, cuts to corporate taxes, cities left to fend for themselves.

SK public servants settle, ON college teachers narrowly accept contract - Posted: March 02, 2010
  Agreement comes after five months without contract for SGEU members.

"Worst job crisis in a generation" needs job stimulus - Posted: March 02, 2010
  Revived manufacturing sector, green jobs, spending locally seen as solutions.

PM urged to "put people first" in budget - Posted: March 02, 2010
  Economic recovery needs quality public services, retirement security, adequate EI benefits.

New Brunswick being run by "shadow government", letter to the editor - Posted: March 02, 2010
  PV reader underlines value of social networking for grassroots organizing against sale of NB Power.

Paris water public again, California resisting privatization - Posted: March 01, 2010
  California groups to launch media campaign against water bond, Victoria poised to reject sewage privatization.

Ontario home care contracts expiring, McGuinty may lift ban on competitive bidding - Posted: March 01, 2010
  Media campaign makes case for building public system, better working conditions.

Report supporting public private partnerships (P3s) "biased and superficial" - Posted: February 20, 2010
  Privatizing schools in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick not proven cost effective.

Saskatchewan gov't quietly privatizing services despite election promises - Posted: February 19, 2010
  IT work to be outsourced to the private sector, public park buildings sold.

Social networking supports campaign for more nurses - Posted: February 18, 2010
  London nurses among groups to use Facebook to spread the word.

Campaign for protection of pensions, retirement security - Posted: February 18, 2010
  Hot issues for federal budget, two unions use social networking to highlight concerns.

Prudent long-term electricity planning also needs reasonable investment - Posted: February 18, 2010
  Chasing votes does little to develop requirement guidelines, reserve capacity.

Bottled Water Free Day campaign on March 11 in schools, universities, colleges - Posted: February 18, 2010
  Public infrastructure such as water fountains not being maintained or installed in new buildings.

Upcoming federal budget needs tax fairness, investment in public services - Posted: February 18, 2010
  Don't panic about recession, PM, finance minister told at pre-budget consultations.

New resources, research to help battle privatization in BC - Posted: February 12, 2010
  Lengthy contracts signed with private corporations to operate previously public services.

Premier Williams cross-border health care, world class cardiac unit in Toronto - Posted: February 12, 2010
  More Americans come here for cardiac care than Canadians going south.

Postal employees being set up to be "problem" in Canada Post challenges - Posted: February 12, 2010
  Corporation wants tories to reassess pledge to maintain moritorium on rural closures.

Canada spends one-half per capita on health than US does, yet we are healthier - Posted: February 12, 2010
  Government pleads poverty, yet proceeding with tax cuts to Ontario corporations.

Buy America provisions give away Canadian farm for little return - Posted: February 12, 2010
  Public services previously excluded from NAFTA now on the table with new deal.

Sask health care providers have conciliatory talks canceled by province - Posted: February 02, 2010
  Union looks for collective agreements, launches tv ad in support of public services.

BC public-private partnerships (P3s) questioned by Auditor General, independent review called for - Posted: February 01, 2010
  "Bill of goods" being sold to Canadian taxpayers with privatization.

Quebec City outside workers, "cols-bleus", resist privatization of garbage collection - Posted: February 01, 2010
  Media campaign underlines how other services can be privatized.

Most Canadians see municipal infrastructure as key to quality of life - Posted: January 25, 2010
  New poll says 96 percent think funding should be maintained or increased, protected against future offloading.

Public Values reader clarifies Hamilton airport sale story - Posted: January 21, 2010
  Nanaimo airport offers lesson in "jurisdiction".

Hamilton airport sale to private investors would set precedent - Posted: January 18, 2010
  City motion would see "windfall" to pay for city's ageing infrastructure.

Selling Ontario assets does not address genuine economic issues - Posted: December 22, 2009
  Fire sale of assets may be way for premier to look good in next election.

Ottawa museum workers win after 12-week strike - Posted: December 17, 2009
  Issues settled include contracting out, temporary workers can become permanent after 24 months

Ontario could sell off of crown corporations like "selling the family silver" - Posted: December 16, 2009
  Deficit is pretext for getting commercial assessment on lottery sales, hydro, liquor stores

Fraser Institute's school rankings more harm than good - Posted: December 14, 2009
  Standardized exams poor way of assessing students.

Controversial safety management systems for air safety inadequate: Auditor General - Posted: December 13, 2009
  Federal inspectors inundated with paperwork, don't do hands-on inspections.

Many critics of rail transit systems use inaccurate analysis: Victoria Transport Policy Institute - Posted: December 13, 2009
  Biased data often used when calling rail transit options ineffective.

Moratorium on post office closures in doubt: CUPW - Posted: December 13, 2009
  Concerns about current Canadian-European Union trade talks, EU members to deregulate postal services by 2012.

The business case and the human case both support public health care, says health economist - Posted: December 04, 2009
  But Canada loses its health-care edge with a pharmaceutical regime you could call "Little America" - Bob Evans

Public education, combatting complacency are key to maintaining medicare - Posted: December 04, 2009
  Clinics, nurse practitioners, and pharmacare combine to offer the forward - Linda Silas, CFNU

Blue Summit inspired by search for "Water Justice" - Posted: December 02, 2009
  New trade deals could see further corporatization of water systems, many First Nation reserves without safe water for years.

Museum workers want protection against contracting-out - Posted: November 30, 2009
  Final offer does not protect workers, who call for arbitration.

Medicare supporters should stick to values arguments - Nik Nanos - Posted: November 30, 2009
  Pollster says Canadians are too complacent about universal health care.

Many American doctors openly envy Canadians for their working conditions - Posted: November 30, 2009
  Private clinics in Canada undermining universality of health care.

Ottawa considering handing over control, redevelopment of Landsdowne Park to private sector - Posted: November 18, 2009
  CUPE: Lansdowne Partnership Plan does not follow control and accountability guidelines

Unhappy days may be here again - Posted: November 16, 2009
  "Dalton Days" floated in Ontario, but no one suggests the obvious alternative of raising corporate taxes.

Stop post office closures, call for moratorium: CUPW petition - Posted: November 16, 2009
  Rural, small town post offices to be closed without community consultations or options investigated.

Misinformation used in discussion of who "should" get hurt next in recession - Posted: November 11, 2009
  Government deficit estimated to be modest, easily addressed by modest tax increases than major spending cuts.

How Sault Ste. Marie avoided massive line-ups and anger at their H1N1 clinics - Posted: November 09, 2009
  More effective care in Canada needed to seamlessly link primary health care to public health.

Oppostion to Winnipeg plan to privatize half of waste water collection: Water Watch petition - Posted: November 09, 2009
  Contract could lead to future suits under Chapter 11 of NAFTA lessening public control.

Private clinics looking to expand into Saskatchewan, saying they can reduce waits - Posted: November 06, 2009
  Progress is being made in wait times, says CUPE.

Defend access to health care based on need: Medicare Pledge from Canadian Health Coalition - Posted: November 06, 2009
  On-line initiative to demonstrate support for public insurance.

Albertans distrust those running their health care - CBC poll - Posted: October 26, 2009
  Professionals get higher marks than politicians and senior managers.

Museum strikes show no sign of settlement in sight - Posted: October 23, 2009
  Labour dispute threatens to disrupt the annual memorial celebrations including Remembrance Day.

Ottawa federal cleaners better off twenty-five years ago than today - Posted: October 21, 2009
  Union fights harassment and intimidation to organize office cleaners in Ottawa – SEIU.

Tell PM food safety still a priority - Food Safety First Campaign - Posted: October 11, 2009
  Positive steps made, but other inspection programs woefully understaffed.

Montreal auditor general pulls plug on water meter privatization contract - Posted: October 05, 2009
  Rates hikes of 167 percent, spiraling costs, conflict of interest cited.

New film: You, Me and the SPP - Posted: October 05, 2009
  What was the real agenda behind North America's overreaching security agreement? Market accessibility.

Privatization, casualization global trends in higher education - Posted: September 27, 2009
  Casualization brings poor working conditions, low wages and a decline in qualifications of academic staff.

Ontario: new "transactional" schools gaining ground - Posted: September 26, 2009
  Make education relevant and thought-provoking, not about regurgitating facts, proponents say.

Dump Site 41 stopped: the public wins one for water - Posted: September 20, 2009
  Victory shows water management needs rethinking at all levels of government.

Surprise! McGuinty, Charest sign interprovincial trade deal - Posted: September 17, 2009
  Agreement will hamstring social, economic policy, critics charge.

The SPP is dead - Posted: September 17, 2009
  Security and Prosperity Partnership tainted by secrecy, Bush legacy.

Dependence on parent fundraising grows huge gap between public schools - Posted: September 17, 2009
  Trustees for Education discussion paper calls for equity in education.

Rhetoric of "Big Government" used to attack services - Posted: September 14, 2009
  Double standard says funding for business is in the public interest and all other spending is "socialism".

CD Howe Institute still firing corporate spin at sinking tax ship - Posted: September 10, 2009
  Corporate tax contributions so low they could barely twist an ankle if they fell any further.

Saskatchewan Crowns (corporations) on endangered species list - Posted: September 10, 2009
  Grassroots group fights to save affordable, accessible services from extinction.

Public-private partnerships put corporate paws in public pockets - Posted: September 10, 2009
  Bargain basement highways, meter-collecting revenues and public buildings give complex tax advantages to investors.

Labour head in Quebec suspended for questioning P3 project - Posted: September 10, 2009
  Public pressure by workers, concerned citizens causes quick reversal by city council.

Cafeteria kickbacks: unhealthy, unethical and pricey - Posted: September 08, 2009
  How food-service providers bilk millions from taxpayers.

Privatized public schools in USA underwhelm critics - Posted: August 27, 2009
  Studies prove public schools get disproportionate share of the neediest students, yet still do as well - or better.

Tell the USA the truth about our healthcare system - Posted: August 22, 2009
  Avaaz petition aims to cause a stir in US media before congressional vote.

"Buy Canadian" better option than binding trade agreements - Posted: August 16, 2009
  A joint statement on public procurement and the public good.

Mainstream media misses the boat on BC river privatization - Posted: August 13, 2009
  Power, tax revenues go south at a loss, local market prices triple.

New poll shows overwhelming support for public health care - Posted: August 13, 2009
  CMA president's privatization agenda goes against Canadian current.

Do our federal politicians still believe in Canada? - Posted: August 13, 2009
  Bold, visionary national leadership needed, not more off-loading of responsibilities.

New Rule: Not everything in America has to make a profit - Posted: July 31, 2009
  US commentator asks: when did the profit motive become the new patriotism?

International company to bottle, export small town Ontario municipal water - Posted: July 31, 2009
  Plans include selling tap water back to local schoolchildren.

Quebec to expand private health care - without debate - Posted: July 31, 2009
  Province has gone further than Supreme Court demanded.

Tell Stephen Harper: action required on listeriosis report - Posted: July 30, 2009
  Will report on last summer's outbreak gather dust or garner changes?

BC Utilities Commission pulls plug on government plans to privatize power - Posted: July 30, 2009
  Regulatory body confirms province's need for additional power was grossly exaggerated.

Toronto strike: no contract, no service is basic business sense, not "public sector monopoly" - Posted: July 30, 2009
  Why demand concessions from workers while those who caused crisis get billions in bailouts?

Airline deregulation puts private profit above public and industry - Posted: July 30, 2009
  Concessions by employees have gone straight into pockets of private investors.

Municipal privatization: What Winnipeg can learn from elsewhere - Posted: July 28, 2009
  Corporatizing utilities brings risks to public, but rewards private interests.

Yukon energy privatization attempt brings resignations, backpeddling - Posted: July 16, 2009
  Premier vows no privatization, but talks continue.

Winnipeg city council sets up arm's length water and garbage utility - Posted: July 16, 2009
  P3 approved despite 30 public presentations against proposed plan.

Winnipeg councillor: no water utility sales without referendum - Posted: July 16, 2009
  Response to public outcry over public-private partnership.

Overwhelming majority of Canadians back public health care - Posted: July 16, 2009
  Canadians have no appetite for further privatization, pollster finds.

US Businesses and economists back public health care with petition - Posted: July 16, 2009
  Public health care seen as saviour of the economy.

Shh! Coming soon: Canada, US and Mexico's Security and Prosperity Partnership meeting - Posted: July 16, 2009
  Demand to have a say in North America's future.

Harper's economic recovery plan: cut, and run from government responsibilities - Posted: July 16, 2009
  Conservatives still fixated on cutting costs at all costs, even in jobless, growthless economy.

Public policy in UK shifts from growth to wellbeing, sustainability - Posted: July 02, 2009
  Watchdog organization keeps British government on track for 'prosperity without growth'.

New fund backs local programming - Posted: July 02, 2009
  "No excuse to close stations or reduce local programming," says media union.

Quebec walking away from privatization partnerships - Posted: July 02, 2009
  P3 agency president has stepped down, following half his board in recent months.

Save prison farms, say Solicitor General employees, National Farmer's Union - Posted: July 02, 2009
  New website aims to turn around decision shut down valuable resource.

Port Moody dumps privatized garbage collection - Posted: July 02, 2009
  Contracted-out service called "embarassing" by mayor, pledges city will do the job right.

Saskatchewan public servants fight back - Posted: July 02, 2009
  Member activation results in grassroots action against Wall government.

Tax cuts caused deficit - Posted: June 15, 2009
  Losing billions more to new cuts still won't fund services to citizens.

Number of new food inspectors: 57 – Number assigned to meat plant inspection: 0 - Posted: June 15, 2009
  Despite promises, feds still focused on checking paperwork.

Nuclear safety threatened by cost cuts - Posted: June 15, 2009
  Safe operation, adequate oversight worth more than possible savings of $7 million.

Provincial, local government should remain free of NAFTA, WTO rules - Posted: June 15, 2009
  Ability of local governments to govern threatened by move to expand trade deals.

Canadian health care: fact or myth? - Posted: June 14, 2009
  Canadian psychologist working in US helps sort facts from fantasy.

Listeria crisis reveals conflict of interest - Posted: June 14, 2009
  CFIA's mandate split between managing food safety and industry promotion.

Municipal governments organize for protection from NAFTA, WTO - Posted: June 13, 2009
  Delegates to national conference demand open public consultation, protection for democratic governance.

Report: "significant downsides" to privatization - Posted: June 11, 2009
  Examines risk, responsibility, accountability, effect on jobs, exit strategy of P3s.

Part-time college workers struggle to organize in Ontario - Posted: June 08, 2009
  Refusing to count ballots in part-time faculty vote is one of many stalling tactics - OPSEU.

What is education for? - Posted: June 06, 2009
  Students aren't customers; education is not a commodity – argues author.

Quebec Auditor General asked to investigate university P3s - Posted: June 06, 2009
  Rising costs, untendered contracts raise red flags.

Alberta publicly finances four high schools, cancels P3 project - Posted: June 06, 2009
  Ten elementary, middle schools will still be built with more expensive P3 model.

Take action on food inspection shortage - Posted: June 06, 2009
  Campaign addresses the need for more meat inspectors.

British National Health Service would save $4.4 billion CAD if P3s bought back - Posted: June 03, 2009
  Research shows public-private building contracts no bargain.

AECL's viable assets to be sold - Posted: May 31, 2009
  Taxpayers will be on hook for liabilities and toxic assets.

Twice as many processed meat inspectors needed, union says. - Posted: May 28, 2009
  Research presented to parliamentary committee shows too few inspectors to do the job.

Frozen food producers admit global sourcing means no safety guarantees - Posted: May 28, 2009
  Cheapest ingredients worldwide come from countries no oversight or regulation.

Rural Ontario county rejects P3 wastewater bids, stays public - Posted: May 28, 2009
  Councilors see through low-ball bids, high estimated operating costs.

Conservative MPs spearhead opposition to privatization of BC Crown coal terminal - Posted: May 28, 2009
  Sell-off seen as a job killer, loss of investment by taxpayers.

Ontario community, labour and cancer groups fight American P3 incinerator contract - Posted: May 27, 2009
  Company well-known for labour and safety violations in US.

Deregulated post-secondary education in BC gets failing grade - Posted: May 27, 2009
  Government washes hands of mess, tells students to sue substandard institutions.

Research backs up public daycare for quality, cost, inclusion - Posted: May 22, 2009
  Substantial body of North American research concludes:commercial status means poorer quality.

UK health researcher tells Canada: contracting-out hospital cleaning a big mistake - Posted: May 22, 2009
  Health care associated infections are fourth leading cause of death in Canada.

Canadians don't trust private companies to keep food safe, poll shows - Posted: May 21, 2009
  Only 13 percent believe the food industry can be relied on to police itself.

Universal health care drives the economy - Posted: May 21, 2009
  Employment, spending linked to access.

Video of protest, arrests at Ontario hospital raises questions - Posted: May 21, 2009
  P3 approval, centralization based on deception, resident claims.

Children's mental health facility in Ottawa on brink of bankruptcy - Posted: May 15, 2009
  15 years of provincial underfunding called "slow moving train wreck".

Financial world waits for return of regulatory oversight - Posted: May 14, 2009
  Former FDIC chairman says government's job is to keep greed in check.

Deregulation in Nigeria met with promise of month of mass protests - Posted: May 14, 2009
  Issues of concern include a minimum wage, privatization of refineries

The global financial crisis: Lessons and responses from Africa - Posted: May 14, 2009
  Global South should break free from failed neoliberal policies, says noted thinker.

Doubling of profits for Britain's Royal Mail makes hard case for planned privatization - Posted: May 14, 2009
  Government is facing a rebellion from more than 150 Labour MPs over the sale.

What could go wrong? Privatized British Rail demonstrates - Posted: May 14, 2009
  When every service or component is owned by a different operator, nothing is simple.

How to set up a corporate tax shell, with YouTube video - Posted: May 14, 2009
  Setting up in offshore tax haven of Panama as easy as ABC, intern learns.

50 grassroots organizations reject energy sell-off in BC - Posted: May 12, 2009
  Environmental, indigenous, community and labour groups unite against privatized "run-of-the-river" power projects.

Quebec minister vetoes Gatineau P3 arena deal - Posted: May 12, 2009
  City councillor calls it "a victory for taxpayers."

Edmonton privatizes public power utility behind closed doors - Posted: May 12, 2009
  Civic stakeholders, competitors find out about deal only after finalization.

Critical government communications security project given to private sector - Posted: May 09, 2009
  Relinquishing control of public-interest project explained as money, risk and time-saving measure, despite other P3 failures.

Canada Post will not deregulate, thanks to fight-back campaign - Posted: May 07, 2009
  Preserving rural and small-town service remains a concern.

Swine flu shows need for good public health systems world-wide - Posted: May 07, 2009
  Beleaguered Mexican health care system ill-equipped, slow to respond to crisis.

The public interest is not for sale - Posted: May 07, 2009
  Government, not private industry, provides independent, non-partisan accountability in public safety issues.

Urgent call for action to stop sale of BC's rivers - Posted: May 07, 2009
  Private run-of-river power projects sidestep public, environmental accountability.

Poll shows majority of Albertans oppose health cuts - Posted: May 07, 2009
  Staying the course, not delisting services, desired by 62 percent of respondents.

Cafeteria kickbacks: corporate food companies bilk millions from taxpayers - Posted: April 30, 2009
  Fraudulent rebate schemes keep local providers out of school, hospital, government kitchens, critics charge.

Communities demand bottling giant Nestle stop undermining local control of water - Posted: April 30, 2009
  Company currently in disputes in Canada and six US states.

Public Service Alliance files in court over workers', women's constitutional rights - Posted: April 30, 2009
  Latest charter challenge claimants say Harper government hid regressive laws in budget.

BC public employees join call for moratorium on private run-of-river power - Posted: April 30, 2009
  Groups want proper environmental assessments, local governance and community voices restored.

Health Canada's drug safety procedures lacking, says study - Posted: April 30, 2009
  Rapid approval of drugs, no recall mechanism, puts public at risk.

Alberta government gets it wrong - Posted: April 23, 2009
  Cutting infrastructure spending and focusing on P3s bucks global consensus, means less bang for the buck

UK P3 projects crash and burn - Posted: April 23, 2009
  Public sector bailouts only way forward.

Government take-over brings BC P3 bridge under budget, ahead of schedule - Posted: April 23, 2009
  P3 deal's collapse saves $200 million, one year's time.

Canadians get more public services than they pay for - Posted: April 22, 2009
  Families in middle 50 percent receive at least half their private incomes in benefits most take for granted - CCPA.

Public-private partnerships fail to deliver - Posted: April 22, 2009
  Governments should abandon the myth that the P3 model has benefits.

Profiles of public interest advocates from Alberta - Posted: April 11, 2009
  Conference brought activists together to think about action in critical times.

Privatization is not the answer to health care costs: properly adjusted public funding is - Posted: April 09, 2009
  With passing decades, federal cost-sharing with provinces has dwindled from 50 percent to the current 25 percent.

Proposed federal pension law changes say 'fend for yourself' - Posted: April 09, 2009
  Would transfer risks and costs from investors and corporations to pensioners and workers.

Train wreck: the privatization of British Rail - Posted: April 08, 2009
  Before privatization, the biggest complaint was bad sandwiches, not employee fatalities.

Plan to privatize AECL like dismantling Avro - Posted: April 08, 2009
  Would jettison only most valuable portions, keep money-losers as Crown assets.

Ending privatized medicare in the USA - Posted: April 08, 2009
  US government subsidies enrich insurance companies at the expense of taxpayers and beneficiaries.

Cultural myth production is an enormous industry - Posted: April 06, 2009
  How corporations and television create a "Stockholm Syndrome of the soul".

Court-ordered private health insurance in Quebec finds no takers - Posted: April 03, 2009
  Health minister claims medicare works so well that private options irrelevant.

US Treasury Secretary wants P3s to bail out big banks - Posted: April 03, 2009
  Plan to scrub assets could leave public holding the bag, while private speculators reap the biggest rewards.

Quebec hospitals to cost $4 billion more as P3s than if publicly-owned - Posted: April 02, 2009
  Not to late to cancel the process, PQ critic says.

Labour mobility spin sweetens secret deregulation and privatization agreement - Posted: April 02, 2009
  New legal challenges feared if TILMA-related changes to internal trade pact go through.

Workers look to G20 leaders to pull world out of recession - Posted: April 02, 2009
  We need a new set of rules for both the global economy and those who profit from it the most.

Food safety: Why end government grain inspection? - Posted: April 01, 2009
  Study finds public safety, market confidence, grower's independence all at risk.

Private clinics: Medical scans or marketing scam? - Posted: April 01, 2009
  "Preventative" scans often neither safe nor highly accurate.

BC government taking action on illegal medicare fees - Posted: March 25, 2009
  Attempted crack down at some for-profit clinics.

Deregulation of BC sewer system setting the stage for disaster: report - Posted: March 19, 2009
  Self-regulatory system open to conflict of interest, removes health officials' power to protect the public.

International Coalition denounces World Water Forum's privatization agenda - Posted: March 19, 2009
  Speaker Maude Barlow defends drinking water as a public right, not corporate cash cow.

Book looks at Reagan's legacy of deregulation - Posted: March 18, 2009
  Under Reagan, USA went from being the world's leading creditor to heaviest debtor.

EU still banking on financial deregulation in third world - Posted: March 18, 2009
  Critics charge strategy undermines poverty reduction, creates instability.

Maryland rethinks utility deregulation: thousands face cut-off - Posted: March 18, 2009
  Service interruption stayed for 117,000 pending review of doubled, tripled rates.

Court challenge to health-care privatization in Quebec - Posted: March 18, 2009
  Lawsuit contends Bill 33 undermines medicare.

US privatized food safety inspections graded: Fail - Posted: March 12, 2009
  Third-party audits for food safety likened to mail-order diploma mills for education.

Home care workers face increased squeeze - Posted: March 12, 2009
  Health corporations were paying poverty wages even before conservative meltdown hit.

Food safety: Time to rethink control by the WTO - Posted: March 11, 2009
  For over a decade, governments forced to overturn public-interest laws or face trade sanctions.

No US bank nationalisation without state control - Posted: March 11, 2009
  Bankers will not hesitate to enrich themselves at the expense of the public good.

New poll: Canadians not on with selling off Crown corporations - Posted: March 11, 2009
  Harper government reintroduced idea in January's budget.

BC families losing ground to widening gap - Posted: March 11, 2009
  Study reveals 30-year decline in incomes for all but the richest.

CMA elects public-system champion for president - Posted: March 10, 2009
  Last two presidents owned, campaigned aggressively for private clinics.

Should the USA keep feeding "zombie banks" public money after death? - Posted: March 07, 2009
  Former Chief Economist of Senate Banking Committee advises: stop catering to past patterns of power.

UK accountants slam lack of financial scrutiny in P3 projects - Posted: March 07, 2009
  Call for stricter reporting from private sector to determine how public money is being used, whether goals are met.

Private financing collapse leaves BC bridge as fully public project, saving taxpayers $200 million - Posted: March 05, 2009
  Quebec P3 megaprojects also on shaky ground.

BC government accused of fixing rail privatization deal - Posted: March 04, 2009
  Angry bidders cry foul in $1 billion scandal.

Communities suffer as corporations target water systems - Posted: March 03, 2009
  New report shows service suffers, costs skyrocket under water privatization in USA.

"Hidden horrors" of federal budget threaten waterways, students, women, workers - Posted: February 27, 2009
  Conservatives pursue deregulatory agenda by gutting environment assessment.

Airlines ask Canadian safety inspectors to sign confidentiality agreements - Posted: February 26, 2009
  Safety Management Systems producing confusion as to who is responsible for air safety.

BC considers 30 percent cut to public services - Posted: February 26, 2009
  Province already has leanest public sector in Canada.

US airline safety advocates sue DOT and FAA - Posted: February 25, 2009
  Seek to force adoption of safety recommendations made as far back as mid-1990s.

Northern Ireland: Leaked memo exposes payroll privatization failure - Posted: February 25, 2009
  Civil servants get emergency cash after significant underpayments by contractor; other privatization reforms flounder.

Food safety issues in US are far from resolved - Posted: February 24, 2009
  Outbreaks continue despite calls for stricter consumer protection

Parliamentary probe launched into listeriosis outbreak - Posted: February 17, 2009
  Opposition parties demand to know what's going on behind closed doors.

Action alert: Demand public disclosure of Ontario's planned regulatory cuts - Posted: February 17, 2009
  Government's role is to protect the public good, even in bad times.

Ending the hidden agenda behind tax cuts - Posted: February 17, 2009
  What happens in the real world when this reasoning is taken to its logical conclusion?

Texas " a battleground" over privatization of health and human services - Posted: February 12, 2009
  Child Protective Services, Medicaid, food stamps on the block to lowest bidder.

BC poverty election issue as 200 organizations demand government action - Posted: February 11, 2009
  Open letter and petition gives concrete plan for taking on highest poverty rates in country, despite years of growth.

Why are food producers still their own health inspectors? - Posted: February 10, 2009
  US audit of Canadian meat plants reveals serious breaches; listeriosis investigator gagged by PM.

Ontario Auditor General: $614-million Brampton Civic P3 cost $394-million too much - Posted: February 05, 2009
  There is no doubt P3s can be done better. But no one is asking whether they should be done at all.

Britain's private finance-based recovery going nowhere fast - Posted: February 05, 2009
  Infrastructure projects left by the wayside as banks backpedal hard.

Winnipeg set to dismantle public governance of water treatment with no public consultation - Posted: February 04, 2009
  Research firm "has already consulted with leading private water/wastewater service providers."

When private contractors go to war - Posted: February 04, 2009
  Outsourcing war plays both ends: no accountability, out of control, yet under protection of US State Department.

Forensic accountant on BC P3s: higher costs, bias and secrecy - Posted: February 04, 2009
  Observers question government's continued commitment to P3 procurement.

Ontario Auditor General slams P3 hospital financing - Posted: January 29, 2009
  Total of $394 million more to build Brampton through private consortium; audit sought for Royal Ottawa's P3 deal.

Budget a windfall for the wealthy - Posted: January 28, 2009
  In 2009-10 there is twice as much spent on a tax break for home renovations as spent on those with low incomes.

Letter from front line to Flaherty - Posted: January 28, 2009
  Instead of NSA corporate tax cuts, give tax credits for real investments in Canadian economy.

Half-hearted budget won't help the hard-hit - Posted: January 28, 2009
  Tax cuts, corporate handouts, minor benefits seriously underestimate the job at hand.

Edmonton sells off sewage plant - Posted: January 25, 2009
  Sale could create problems under NAFTA.

Conservatives rearranging the deck chairs at Public-Private Partnership office - Posted: January 25, 2009
  Feds fill top jobs at new P3 crown corporation, but don't expect speedy funding of infrastructure projects to follow.

Worldwide inventory of infrastructure spending plans - Posted: January 24, 2009
  Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada surveys world government reactions to crisis.

Re-tooling the financial regulatory system — and the economy - Posted: January 24, 2009
  Financial crises the "hardy perennial" of unregulated financial systems.

International consortium short on cash for BC public infrastructure project - Posted: January 21, 2009
  Private toll-bridge partners ask Victoria for more time — again.

Social infrastructure creates three times more jobs than tax cuts - Posted: January 21, 2009
  Frontline workers tell first ministers to reinvest in public services.

Regulate the markets for real - Posted: January 15, 2009
  Canada the only G7 country with no federal regulatory agency for financial markets.

Focus on bottom line leaves social fabric to unravel - Posted: January 15, 2009
  Social infrastructure, not just bridges and roads, needs funding to function.

Why you should be screaming for higher taxes - Posted: January 15, 2009
  US economic growth was strongest when taxes were high.

Stats Can study: public infrastructure raises economic productivity - Posted: January 15, 2009
  Between 1962 and 2006, one half of private sector productivity the result of public works.

BC: Privatized hospital cleaning a failure - Posted: January 14, 2009
  Health and Safety reprimands, public complaints dog multinational contractor.

Frightened private investors derailing BC transit projects - Posted: January 14, 2009
  "If we're relying on private money, this is not the time to do it" — Port Moody mayor.

Canadians value public services over tax cuts: new poll - Posted: January 14, 2009
  Nanos Research shows broad support for social safety net in tough times.

Economic crisis result of decades of deregulation - Posted: January 09, 2009
  Left to their own devices, markets create crises - George Soros

Saskatchewan government feeling out public-private partnerships - Posted: January 07, 2009
  New secretariat to evaluate proposals.

How will Harper stimulate the economy? - Posted: January 07, 2009
  Possible policy scenarios include the good, the bad and the ugly.

Security and Prosperity Partnership: Not a merger made in heaven - Posted: January 07, 2009
  We give up the right to decide national policies in food, energy and investment, but it makes the multinationals happy.

US needs trillion dollar recovery package - Posted: January 03, 2009
  'You can't put out a forest fire with a squirt gun,' says Congressional Progressive Caucus.

On the heels of federal-provincial budget talks: a real plan to deal with the economic crisis - Posted: December 18, 2008
  Cutting interest rates is not enough

How the World Bank and the IFC helped create the financial crisis - Posted: December 17, 2008
  Lending shared important features with subprime loans in the US.

Bush Labor Department misled Congress in effort to privatize jobs - Posted: December 15, 2008
  Government Accountability Office report finds Department used fictional numbers to support savings claims.

Canadian Federation of Independent Business, once again, publishes misleading federal-private payscale comparisons - Posted: December 15, 2008
  Appropriate comparisons shows public servants paid less, not more, than private sector counterparts.

The plan: strong economy, fair society, clean environment - Posted: December 15, 2008
  Reports, petition, Facebook group promote ways to change Canadian society for the better.

Financing health care: is long-term sustainability possible? - Posted: December 15, 2008
  Report shows maintaining medicare is a matter of choice and political will, not government's ability to pay for it.

Ontario Auditor General slams Brampton P3 hospital - Posted: December 14, 2008
  Could have been built for millions less as fully public project.

UNICEF flunks Canada on child care - Posted: December 14, 2008
  Report card on Early Childhood Education and Care program ranks Canada at the bottom.

Georgia may completely privatize troubled mental-health system - Posted: December 14, 2008
  Deaths of patients linked to already insufficient, poorly-trained staff.

Why we need a coalition government - Posted: December 07, 2008
  Conservative government flounders in the face of a global economic crisis and the prospect of fast rising unemployment.

PEI nursing homes stay public - Posted: December 05, 2008
  Government scraps privatization plan in wake of widespread backlash.

This is Privateering - Posted: December 05, 2008
  George Lakoff proposes a new way to frame privatization and contracting out.

Public real estate fire sale in Saint John - Posted: December 05, 2008
  Deal would see Irving Oil get prime real estate, active terminal in exchange for contaminated land.

Canadians can't afford not to have a public drug plan - Posted: December 03, 2008
  Canadian Health Coalition releases report on public hearings.

Winnipeg's move to standalone utility corporation raises fears of privatization - Posted: November 28, 2008
  City water and sewer services to move out of municipal control.

Health Coalitions across Canada ask Federal, Provincial Health Ministers to do their jobs - Posted: November 28, 2008
  Report cites violations of the Canada Health Act and their consequences nationwide.

Economic crisis, P3s cut from the same cloth - Posted: November 27, 2008
  Research shows flaws in accounting, faulty assumptions.

From British prisons to Winnipeg parking police - Posted: November 27, 2008
  What the 'Peg could learn from Keystone Capers of other governments who rushed out to privatize.

NDP MP calls for freeze on federal building sales - Posted: November 27, 2008
  Formal request made to Auditor General for investigation.

Government has a moral mission - George Lakoff - Posted: November 20, 2008
  Obama won because he identified empathy and aspiration, protection and empowerment as defining properties of democracy.

Three years later, floatplane fatality's widow still seeks workplace accident investigation - Posted: November 13, 2008
  Independent forensic aviation specialist concludes: "The Transportation Safety Board of Canada did not fulfill its obligation in this occurrence."

Obama's economic stimulus plans should include under-appreciated public water system - Posted: November 13, 2008
  Would create green jobs, counteract three decades of neglect.

Provincial safety review of Sunrise Propane explosion fails to consider fundamental problem - Posted: November 12, 2008
  Mayor, councilor of affected ward had both expected to see privatized regulating body abolished, safety regulation revert to government control.

Winnipeg families speak out on nursing home shortages - Posted: November 10, 2008
  Manitoba study last year reported that the ratio of patients to staff was 80 to one.

Financial regime change? - Posted: November 10, 2008
  Say goodbye to the neoliberal paradigm that has held sway since the 1980s.

Canada Post charged with unfair labour practices - Posted: November 07, 2008
  Charges include issueing misleading statements to its employees, disregarding provisions of the Canada Labour Code

The case for public investment led growth - Posted: November 07, 2008
  Investors have become so risk averse, there simply has to be a major shift from private to public investment.

Public services will face squeeze with economic crisis - Posted: November 07, 2008
  Recession could could be used to justify privatization and cuts at a time when need is greatest.

McGuinty government wiping out elected hospital boards - Posted: November 05, 2008
  Ontario Health Coalition gets no answers from Ministry as to reasons.

Bush administration makes final push to deregulate - Posted: November 05, 2008
  Last ditch effort to weaken dozens of government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment.

Pan-European citizens' coalition seeks moratorium to protect public water from privatization - Posted: November 05, 2008
  European Commission pushing privatization of water services.

Edmonton sewage plant stays public - Posted: November 05, 2008
  "Bargain-basement" deal shelved after community outcry.

Federal scientists launch campaign to end self-policing in food industry - Posted: November 05, 2008
  Research, regulation, power to act in the public interest need to be restored.

Calculating risk in public-private hospitals - Posted: November 05, 2008
  CMAJ examines the pros and cons of public-private hospital construction.

Aggressive medical billing techniques confusing Canadians - Posted: October 30, 2008
  Friends of Medicare, OHC both report increase in calls and complaints.

Private clinic in Victoria routinely charged $1200 'facility fee' for MRIs. - Posted: October 30, 2008
  One of 29 found violating Canada Health Act in BC, says Canadian Health Coalition.

Quebec ombudsman denounces hospital's offsite, private surgery deal - Posted: October 30, 2008
  Fears patient rights not protected.

Ontario MPP irate over illegal health charges - Posted: October 30, 2008
  PC member was charged $125 to book appointment.

When governments have to govern - Posted: October 29, 2008
  The players want to win the competition, not simply compete.

Ontario hospitals condemn privatization of outpatient services - Posted: October 29, 2008
  Public labs cost only two-thirds that of private clinics.

Rising borrowing costs could hike cost of Alberta's P3 school projects - Posted: October 29, 2008
  Economic consultant: will cost at least 50 percent more to build schools than through public sector.

Many P3 hospital deals, but little public scrutiny - Posted: October 28, 2008
  In Ontario alone, 19 hospitals are being financed and constructed by private sector.

Study: Private clinics cause public waiting lists to swell - Posted: October 23, 2008
  Wait times longer where private clinics poach staff from public system.

How the Harper government pushed financial deregulation here and abroad - Posted: October 22, 2008
  Way cleared for US mortgage firms and easy credit, insured by Canadian taxpayers.

Seven deadly sins of deregulation — and three necessary reforms - Posted: October 22, 2008
  Current crisis the result of the misguided notion that financial markets can regulate themselves.

Privatizing health care is not the answer: lessons from the United States - Posted: October 22, 2008
  Why the US spends more and gets less.

Scotland bans privatized hospital services - Posted: October 22, 2008
  Privatized support services connected to rise in superbugs.

Unreleased government report on water crisis in Canada made public - Posted: October 22, 2008
  Warns of jurisdictional conflict with US, unsustainable industrial consumption.

Canadian income gap widens dramatically over last ten years, says OECD study - Posted: October 22, 2008
  Canada's spending lower, poverty higher than in other developed countries.

Free market ideology is far from finished - Posted: October 15, 2008
  Change won't happen without public pressure on politicians in this key period.

Water privatization's tale of two cities - Posted: October 15, 2008
  Tourist sewage, not promised drinking water, piped into Colombian town.

What government can do in the first 30 days after the election - Posted: October 15, 2008
  We have been vividly reminded that we need governments to act in the common good.

Public Service, anyone? - Posted: October 09, 2008
  After a crisis, rediscover do-gooding.

Thirty-year campaign against government smashes against reality - Posted: October 09, 2008
  Financial crisis and listeriosis outbreak have shaken the foundations of the neo-Conservative campaign against all things public.

What to do about the financial crisis - Posted: October 08, 2008
  Tax cuts, deregulation, privatization and cuts to public spending will make the economic situation much worse.

Private clinics eroding fairness and equality of public health care - Posted: October 08, 2008
  New report: 89 suspected violations of the Canada Health Act in 5 provinces.

Eighty-eight economists release open letter criticizing federal government - Posted: October 08, 2008
  Call on government to show leadership in stabilizing financial markets, stimulating real investment, and maintaining employment and incomes.

Food inspectors balked at orders to rebrand Government of Canada - Posted: October 06, 2008
  Many balked at May orders to replace official term with 'Conservative Government'.

Thousands rally for public health care across Ontario - Posted: October 05, 2008
  Marchers in five cities protest cuts to dozens of hospitals.

Housing, homelessness, health and the 2008 federal election - Posted: September 26, 2008
  Housing insecurity at record levels.

Canada still needs child care - Posted: September 26, 2008
  Canadians have less access to services than those in 19 other countries.

Privatization policies responsible for current financial crisis, Bolivia tells UN - Posted: September 26, 2008
  Bolivian president points to economic models that "simply privatize resources".

British report sounds alarm on private-public funding schemes - Posted: September 26, 2008
  Canadian P3s modeled on failed British experiment.

Climate scientist claims Stephen Harper's government muzzled experts - Posted: September 25, 2008
  Says cabinet ignored input of scientists while preparing government's response to global warming.

Aboriginal communities hold protest against poor public services - Posted: September 18, 2008
  March to Treasury Board President's office will demand action against privatization and crumbling infrastructure.

Deregulation dies a sudden death in Washington, DC - Posted: September 18, 2008
  Food, financial debacles bring the 'R-word' back in fashion.

US investor threatens first ever healthcare suit - Posted: September 18, 2008
  Will cite provincial private clinics as unfair competition.

Troubled Australian firm chosen to build, maintain 18 Alberta schools - Posted: September 18, 2008
  Company plagued by layoffs, resignations, massive debt and stock devaluation.

Conservatives to eliminate meat inspection programs in three provinces - Posted: September 18, 2008
  Secret Treasury Board decision would cut inspection programs in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

Tainted food sparks a safety campaign - Posted: September 16, 2008
  Veterinarians, inspectors, public service union want to make restoration of safety inspections an election issue.

What postal deregulation has done for me - Posted: September 15, 2008
  Misdirected mail, bad service in suburb served by private contractor.

P3s: Risky, expensive, inefficient and undemocratic - Posted: September 14, 2008
  Are public-private partnerships a new revenue stream for corporate interests?

Who is this troublesome 'Fannie Mae' person, anyway? - Posted: September 11, 2008
  The Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA),now privatized, began life as a US government institution.

New Brunswick watchdogs keying in on P3 nursing homes deals - Posted: September 10, 2008
  Ombudsman, Auditor General to launch review of contract struck between provincial government and Shannex Inc.

Telecommunications breakdown - Posted: September 10, 2008
  Consumer groups say government deregulation without adequate protection for customers was a serious mistake.

What happens when a city leases public assets to private investors? - Posted: September 09, 2008
  Owners have more latitude to raise prices.

Privatization of Texas State services a "slow-motion disaster" - Posted: September 09, 2008
  Audit shows management problems continue five years later.

PIPSC Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance 2008 - Posted: September 05, 2008
  Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Poll: 69 percent want Canada Post to keep delivering the goods - Posted: September 04, 2008
  Nearly 400 municipal councils pass resolutions against postal service deregulation.

Toronto propane explosion: who watches safety risks? - Posted: September 04, 2008
  Preventable disaster shows how badly industry 'self-policing' can fail.

Walkerton Mayor calls for public inquiry into Listeriosis outbreak - Posted: September 04, 2008
  Same cast of characters, same cost-cutting and deregulation created deadly E coli outbreak.

Harper ignores health risks for food - Posted: September 03, 2008
  Government meat inspectors' powers reduced in March without public discussion.

Police probe Montreal university P3 deal - Posted: September 03, 2008
  Criminal investigation comes on the heels of provincial auditor's report.

Critics slam changes to aircraft safety inspection system - Posted: September 03, 2008
  Plans to hand over inspection and enforcement to industry moving ahead.

Paris Mayor returns municipal water services to public hands - Posted: August 14, 2008
  Is the global water privatization trend ending?

Great Lakes deal lifts diversion ban for bottling companies - Posted: August 14, 2008
  Legal precedent threatens 'severe harm' to Lakes, experts warn.

Globalizers lose their faith - Posted: August 14, 2008
  Even former proponents full of doubt as crises ripple through system built on shaky pillars.

The free-market state as predator - Posted: August 14, 2008
  Suddenly planning, standards, regulation and progressive taxes don't seem so bad.

Inside the WTO's collapsed deal - Posted: August 14, 2008
  World's poor dodged disastrous policies when world trade talks failed.

Prisoners of the prison industry - Posted: August 14, 2008
  American writer reflects on prisons as profit centers.

Are Feds planning to remake Warkworth Penitentiary as privatized superjail? - Posted: August 14, 2008
  Local politicians want information from Minister for Public Safety Stockwell Day.

Ontario still fixing problems in first for-profit prison - Posted: August 14, 2008
  Penetanguishene was Canada's first private superjail, run by American company.

Mexican oil reforms would cede sovereignty, critics charge - Posted: July 30, 2008
  Swell of national sentiment in support of constitution, national ownership.

Mexican voters say 'no' to privatizing oil - Posted: July 30, 2008
  Over 80 percent oppose Calderon's plan for oil industry.

NDP demands reinstatement of fired food inspection worker - Posted: July 30, 2008
  Says government attempting to hide issue from public.

US big banks: Privatize the profits. Socialize the losses. - Posted: July 30, 2008
  US banks have been getting into trouble regularly overseas.

Food inspection deregulation a 'disaster' - Posted: July 28, 2008
  BSE-testing cut to save cash

Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulator fired for leaking government plan - Posted: July 28, 2008
  Canadians' health and safety risked by handing regulation to unaccountable private sector.

Winnipeg public transit dollars handed to private water park - Posted: July 28, 2008
  Fund from three levels of government to see discounted tickets in return for investment.

Coke and Pepsi fear bottled water backlash - Posted: July 16, 2008
  Bottled water still more expensive than gas, carries high environmental price tag.

American health administrator says she can't protect public in profit-driven system - Posted: July 16, 2008
  Missouri state hospitals closing unprofitable mental health units.

Canada's public-private-partnerships arena attracting foreign players - Posted: July 15, 2008
  Large infrastructure projects leaving public, local control behind.

High stakes secret review of Canada Post - Posted: July 15, 2008
  Conservative federal government could be quietly undoing this universal public service.

"Cult of outsourcing and privatizing" exposed in new Thomas Frank book - Posted: July 15, 2008
  The Wrecking Crew shows how conservative ideologues sabotage the state.

Conservatives provoking strike with federal public service - Posted: June 30, 2008
  PSAC fighting back with Think Public campaign

Two hundred and fifty seniors' health care workers lose jobs to privatization on Vancouver Island - Posted: June 26, 2008
  Hundreds of long-term care beds to close over summer, replaced by for-profit institutions.

US Conference of Mayors pulls plug on offering bottled water - Posted: June 26, 2008
  Resolution aims to redirect taxpayer dollars back to public water, other public services.

Federal government gets failing grade from Canadian Labour Congress for early childhood initiatives - Posted: June 26, 2008
  Flaherty's constituency office targeted by child care protest.

PEI health care workers unite against privatized nursing homes - Posted: June 25, 2008
  Activists lead forceful opposition to P3 mindset.

Saint John council rejects public-private partnership for water - Posted: June 25, 2008
  Council divided, will revisit issue with report in fall.

Daycare in New Brunswick gets 10-year government funding commitment - Posted: June 25, 2008
  Strategy outlines 39 initiatives aimed at services for early childhood education, parenting, child care.

Private water investment costly for customers, industry analysis reveals - Posted: June 20, 2008
  Corporations have a financial incentive to oppose conservation, protection of drinking water sources.

Toronto Hydro Telecom sold to Cogeco - Posted: June 19, 2008
  Union conferring with lawyers over City of Toronto's lack of public process.

Hydro Québec's decision to privatize wind power condemned - Posted: June 19, 2008
  Charest government's decision wrong, public union says.

New public Peterborough hospital dramatically cheaper than public-private partnerships - Posted: June 18, 2008
  Comparison of costs raises questions about P3 funding practice.

Alberta union offers $500 prize for best video about health-care privatization - Posted: June 18, 2008
  Winning video to be posted on YouTube.

International water privatization schemes failing - Posted: June 18, 2008
  Website chronicles high-profile private infrastructure disasters and return to public control.

Public Science, 25,000 S & T workers affected by government labs transfers report - Posted: June 18, 2008
  Should government relinquish responsibility for leadership and accountability?

Poll: Canada wants public services - Posted: June 11, 2008
  New national study shows majority of Canadians trust municipal government more than private corporations to deliver public services.

Air France sues Pearson, Ottawa over 2005 crash - Posted: June 11, 2008
  Company charges feds, air-traffic control "cut corners" that contributed to disaster.

Former aviation inspector: Transport Canada's "main concern was to get out of enforcement business" - Posted: June 11, 2008
  Tells Standing Committee of switch to SMS and self-regulation.

Canadian aviation accident statistics and analysis - Posted: June 11, 2008
  Charter air service has higher death rate than any other BC industry.

Auditor General, federal pilots association condemn lack of enforcement in airline safety - Posted: June 10, 2008
  Bill C-7 amendments would prevent self-reported violations from ever being made public, guarantee immunity.

Deaths of pilots, passengers merits no workplace investigation under airline safety regulatory freefall - Posted: June 10, 2008
  Bill C-7 and why the public should be aware.

Pennsylvania Turnpike lease numbers too good to be true - Posted: May 29, 2008
  Democratic state senator analyzes the deal in detail.

Johannesburg High Court declares privatized, prepaid water meters unlawful & unconstitutional - Posted: May 29, 2008
  Orders city to provide full range of water delivery service options.

Turkey's waterways, water services for sale in sweeping privatization programme - Posted: May 29, 2008
  World Water Forum to be held in Istanbul next year.

US, Canadian lobbyists weaken UN resolution protecting water as basic right - Posted: May 29, 2008
  Resolution now protects right to sell water.

Alberta's electrical deregulation handed $500M bonanza to BC Hydro - Posted: May 29, 2008
  Contrary to expectations, free market has neither lowered prices nor increased generation for Albertans.

Pitfalls for professionals in public-private partnerships - Posted: May 28, 2008
  Becoming "partners" in business ventures with government can bring unwelcome, untenable risks.

Where is the balance in Private-Public Partnership reporting? - Posted: May 28, 2008
  National Post ignores other perspectives on P3 piece.

Tanzania awarded nearly $8 million in dispute over failed water privatization - Posted: May 22, 2008
  Tribunal finds water services deteriorated following World Bank-backed initiative.

Alberta health boss denies plan to privatize care - Posted: May 22, 2008
  Mexican project haunts board chair Ken Hughes.

Twelve Alberta health authority boards rolled into one - Posted: May 22, 2008
  Appointed, unaccountable board addresses neither wait times nor workloads.

Alberta puts private industry in charge of public health administration - Posted: May 21, 2008
  New board chair is insurance industry investor.

Main Street, not Wall Street, should fix crumbling US infrastructure - Posted: May 15, 2008
  Public pension funds could help pave the way.

British study: privatization of postal service threatens its future - Posted: May 15, 2008
  Benefits large companies, no benefit to users.

Atomic Energy to be privatized? - Posted: May 15, 2008
  Review of AECL is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

Mexico: Oil privatization halted by mass protests - Posted: May 15, 2008
  "Citizen's army" operated in shifts to blockade government buildings.

Service union questions private clinics - Posted: May 15, 2008
  Federal government asked to enforce the Canada Health Act.

Health professionals seek action on national HR shortages - Posted: May 15, 2008
  Government must address growing shortage of health care professionals

Canada's shrinking government adds to growing inequality - Posted: May 15, 2008
  Majority of tax cuts have benefited the corporate sector and the wealthy.

Provincial, federal governments ignore private clinic violations of Canada Health Act - Posted: May 14, 2008
  Growing trend bleeds public health care system of needed skills and services.

Lawyers love public-private partnerships - Posted: May 14, 2008
  Behind maturing, growth industry is Canada's desperate need for infrastructure renewal.

Union report documents privatization failures as warning for Halifax - Posted: May 08, 2008
  Provides details of projects that left local taxpayers holding the bag.

US consumers organize to oppose privatization of water utilities - Posted: May 08, 2008
  Private sector shows interest as US nears the limits of its water supplies.

The Water Front: What happens when water is for profit? - Posted: May 08, 2008
  New documentary shows the stark reality of trying to make a buck off a basic necessity.

Mexicans rally to oppose oil privatization - Posted: May 08, 2008
  Opponents of Mexican energy bill vow to take demonstrations nationwide.

New Zealand reverses rail, ferry privatization - Posted: May 08, 2008
  Post sell-off decline of the asset "a painful lesson," Finance Minister says.

BC auditor general red flags costly privatization scheme - Posted: April 30, 2008
  Involves US multinational EDS in collection of provincial revenue.

Can municipalities afford to sell electric utilities? - Posted: April 30, 2008
  Revenue flow and control over core city function are lost.

P3 for Quebec City hospital going nowhere - Posted: April 30, 2008
  Hospital administration asks province to drop efforts to fund facility as private-public partnership.

The Shock Doctrine in Action in New Orleans - Posted: April 29, 2008
  Disaster capitalists continue to reap side benefits of disastrous flooding.

Scotland to build UK's largest new hospital without private funding - Posted: April 29, 2008
  Strictly public financing for the 'health campus'.

Post-Katrina New Orleans is "SPP made real" - Posted: April 23, 2008
  Recovery led by profiteers, volunteers and NGOs rather than the public sector.

Turning on Canada's tap - Posted: April 22, 2008
  Why Canada needs a comprehensive policy and strategy on bulk water exports to the United States.

Multinational child care corporation in financial meltdown - Posted: April 22, 2008
  Australian corporation was expanding into BC, Ontario and Alberta.

Election victory no mandate to gut health care in Alberta, says HSAA president - Posted: April 22, 2008
  Messages from new Health Minister's office resemble cost-cutting of '90s.

Budget, staff cuts cause "near collapse" of US security agency - Posted: April 22, 2008
  Federal Protective Service workforce has been cut 20 percent since 2004.

Time to renegotiate NAFTA, not expand it - Posted: April 22, 2008
  SPP affects over 300 areas of government responsibility, without legislative transparency.

Big labour enlists guerilla theatre to battle private equity - Posted: April 21, 2008
  SEIU uses humour, absurdity to shed light on buyout kings, absentee owners.

Thunder Bay workers campaign against C-39, loss of one hundred inspection, regulatory jobs - Posted: April 17, 2008
  Conservative Bill puts consumers at risk, gives grain companies advantage over producers, say Grain Commission supporters.

Edmonton P3 wasn't such a hot idea - Posted: April 16, 2008
  City set to backtrack on agreement with consortium.

Public-Private Partnerships and Municipalities - Posted: April 16, 2008
  Beyond principles: a brief overview of practices.

City of Edmonton staff advise council to scrap P3 plans - Posted: April 16, 2008
  Rec centre will proceed as traditional "construction management project" after costs, concerns tallied.

Water filtration P3s are election issue for Saint John - Posted: April 14, 2008
  Mayoralty candidates open the discussion, ponder becoming for-profit regional water supplier.

IMF, international banks beg for state intervention - Posted: April 13, 2008
  Unfettered financial model bounces reality checks off market fundamentalists.

Self-regulation grounds US air travelers. Are Canadians next? - Posted: April 09, 2008
  Aeronautics Act (C-7), now awaiting Third Reading, could be victim of Southwest and American Airlines debacles.

Foreign investment imperils child care - Posted: April 09, 2008
  Press conference cites Aussie experience, NAFTA rules.

Edmonton set to scrap P3 recreation centre - Posted: April 08, 2008
  Bid-winners' numbers, secrecy just don't add up.

US health insurers' bottom line: reject odds-on claimants - Posted: April 08, 2008
  Health care covers only healthy people.

Mantra of fiscal conservatism new phenomenon - Posted: April 07, 2008
  Rather than reduce government programs during recession, we used to increase them.

GATS works to further hamstring regulators - Posted: April 02, 2008
  Briefing Paper by CCPA Explores New Draft of Proposed WTO Domestic Regulation.

CUPE Keynote Speech: Fight of our Lives - Posted: April 01, 2008
  Coalitions key to stopping privatization.

Hidden Agenda for Public Broadcasting - Posted: April 01, 2008
  Gap grows between Conservative election policy and current stance.

Internet Storm - Posted: March 31, 2008
  Union urges CRTC to curb internet interference by Bell, Rogers.

Privatization, Contracting-Out, and P3s - Posted: March 06, 2008
  Analysis from the the Alternative Federal Budget.

P3 hospital construction costs more, delivers less than proposal - Posted: March 06, 2008
  Specifics of cost overruns, service cuts and cover-up in the Brampton Hospital P3.

Shelve Castonguay, support medicare, says CUPE - Posted: March 06, 2008
  Report on the Canada Health Act ignores already significant inroads into private health care.

Privatization advances quietly in 2008 Conservative federal budget - Posted: March 06, 2008
  P3s, shrinking surplus and no-strings contracting hem in public role and new programs.

Privatization – Harper Conservatives quietly eye options - Posted: November 11, 2007
  Nuclear sell-off and private prisons may be on horizon.

Consumers vs citizens - Posted: November 11, 2007
  Blame the mess the world is in on people acting like consumers and not like citizens.

Privatizing federal buildings a "sweet deal" for new owners - Posted: November 11, 2007
  25-year deal leaves taxpayers responsible for billions in undefined future rent and maintenance costs.

Manitoba Telephones, ten years later - Posted: November 11, 2007
  Customers, workers, complain that privatized company puts profits before service.

Education IS a public matter - Posted: November 11, 2007
  Complaints about schools reveal privatization's real agenda.

Privatization: a reality check - Posted: November 11, 2007
  Canadians really do not want to privatize the public services that are most important to them.

Framing wars: The public battle over privatization - Posted: November 11, 2007
  P3s are a solution looking for a problem.


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