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Ontario closing provincial parks, reducing Ranger program - Posted: October 05, 2012
  Unoperating parks under-served, day-based jobs inadequate.

City of Ottawa to store contaminated soil beneath planned Lansdowne urban park - Posted: October 04, 2012
  Mismanaged P3 project still not getting it right.

Wall Street profiteering from municipal water services - Posted: September 29, 2012
  Private equity firms use greater bargaining power to negotiate more lucrative deals at the expense of taxpayers.

Human Right to Water and Sanitation yet to be implemented - Posted: August 16, 2012
  Canadian government in violation of international recognition.

Privatization gives the last laugh to for-profits - Posted: August 01, 2012
  Undermining the common good not funny.

Brand-new facilities go unused as St. Andrews Biological Station's budget is slashed by 25 percent - Posted: August 01, 2012
  Reducing fisheries monitoring and oversight in New Brunswick "just another nail in the coffin in the death of evidence."

Insecure power supplies in Alberta boost private profits - Posted: August 01, 2012
  Province should heed failure of electricity deregulation.

Conservative cuts to national parks threaten ecology and economy - Posted: July 19, 2012
  Commercial and industrial activities compete with tourism and conservation.

Ski hill development in Riding Mountain National Park counters National Parks Act - Posted: June 29, 2012
  Parks Canada failing to protect ecological integrity of parks.

How do we say goodbye to our heritage? - Posted: June 14, 2012
  Conservative budget cuts to Parks Canada threaten Trent-Severn Waterway communities.

Two new protected wilderness areas announced in Nova Scotia - Posted: June 14, 2012
  Conservation efforts focus on largest, most ecologically-significant sites.

Harper attacks marine science in Quebec - Posted: June 06, 2012
  Cuts to Maurice-Lamontagne Institute put species and people at risk.

Illegal dismantling of Wheat Board costly to Canadians - Posted: May 30, 2012
  Litigation could cost federal government billions while abolition of single desk transfers wealth from farmers to the private sector.

Ontario MNR outsources hunting and fishing licenses to US for-profit company - Posted: May 24, 2012
  Privatization contributes to joblessness and puts Canadians' privacy at risk.

Back room deal jeopardizes Ring of Fire area, benefits single mining company - Posted: May 24, 2012
  First Nations' requests for public consultation denied.

Conservative budget kills support for the DFO - Posted: May 24, 2012
  Cuts mean delayed reaction times, less oversight, lost jobs and fewer facts.

BC Hydro wasting water to purchase private power - Posted: May 23, 2012
  Utility losing money, costing taxpayers, and enriching for-profit companies.

Public Service Europe labels EU's water privatization agenda as irresponsible - Posted: May 23, 2012
  European associations and unions calling for an end to water services liberalisation.

Radium Hot Springs to come under private management - Posted: May 10, 2012
  Kootenay National Park and two others to see their hot springs privatized.

Federal budget cuts weaken environmental sustainability and economic prosperity — PSAC - Posted: February 29, 2012
  New video highlights absurdity of pitting Canadian fisheries against economy.

Privatizing water services a possibility with CETA - Posted: February 02, 2012
  Leaked documents show water services not exempt from Canadian-European Union trade agreement.

Jasper National Park could be privatized - Posted: January 18, 2012
  Project would establish a dangerous 'parks-for-profit' precedent — Green Party.

Expanding water markets is not Alberta's best bet — report - Posted: December 13, 2011
  Research finds access to water, the environment, and First Nations communities are adversely affected.

Agriculture minister broke law by killing Wheat Board - Posted: December 13, 2011
  Plebiscite should have been held first — Federal Court.

Stave Lake P3 water plan rejected and Abbotsford mayor ousted - Posted: November 23, 2011
  New mayor pledges to discover why feds don't fund public water infrastructure projects.

NJ park privatization places corporate interests before public good — Tittel - Posted: November 23, 2011
  Private groups want public land for corporate assets.

Ontario pays private firms more than Crown Corporation in secret power contracts - Posted: November 16, 2011
  Power costs rise because McGuinty privatized 10 percent more of it since coming to office.

Farmers will face onerous transpo costs in post-Wheat Board open market - Posted: November 16, 2011
  Harper already subsidising Churchill for loss of rail and port income from grain exports.

BC community votes down P3 water plan in referendum - Posted: November 16, 2011
  Residents see 'little value' in a 21-year deal with a private contractor.

Naomi Klein explains the right's successful anti-climate framing - Posted: November 16, 2011
  Real climate solutions depend on 'seizing economic terrain from the right', framing discussion around 'enlightened economic system'.

Small farmers say no to 'stranglehold of seed multinationals', patents on plants - Posted: November 08, 2011
  Sustainable family farmers protest seed industry union on its 50th anniversary.

BC communities pressure feds for public funding options - Posted: November 08, 2011
  Conservatives reserve water dollars for private projects.

7,000 tune in for BC community town hall on P3 water project - Posted: November 02, 2011
  Council trying to push through privatization plan even though public option is 28 percent cheaper.

Wheat Board retaliates against Harper government's anti-democratic processes - Posted: November 02, 2011
  Large American food conglomerates to profit from dismantling of CWB, to the detriment of Canadian family farmers.

Over 80 EU, CDN civil society groups demand an end to CETA - Posted: November 02, 2011
  Negotiations for sole benefit of transnational corporations.

Privatizing Toronto Hydro would be short-sighted - Posted: November 02, 2011
  Mayor forgets he once voted in favour of the public interest — and a public Toronto Hydro.

European and Canadian organizations join together, call for public debate on CETA - Posted: October 24, 2011
  Condemnation for lack of transparency in negotiations spreads.

CDN and US activist groups form Great Lakes partnership - Posted: October 12, 2011
  Public trust would acknowledge environmental threats facing the Lakes.

Banff could bring wastewater treatment services in-house - Posted: September 29, 2011
  Council examining cost savings, value of private versus public service delivery.

Abbotsford not providing residents with info on P3 water project - Posted: September 22, 2011
  Presentation to Council, citizen questions go unanswered.

Israel attempting to privatize national parks - Posted: September 21, 2011
  Opponents spearhead 'Nature not for sale' campaign targeting tourists, hikers, social media.

Private foreign investors, railroad companies real winners of dismantling Wheat Board - Posted: September 21, 2011
  Tories disregard farmers' voices to favour businesses.

Nova Scotia community ready and willing to sell its water supply to oil project - Posted: September 14, 2011
  Unsustainable project in all likelihood to move forward.

BC Government forging ahead with privatization of park trail services despite available alternate options - Posted: September 07, 2011
  Friends of Strathcona fear private control of area adjacent to resort.

BC Hydro director suggested the public institution could have role in future water privatization - Posted: September 07, 2011
  Privatization of utility itself now under scrutiny.

BC parks more expensive, less user-friendly than 10 years ago - Posted: August 09, 2011
  Stats explain decline in user visits.

Canada being sued for NAFTA violation by private American wind energy company - Posted: July 21, 2011
  Local procurement rules in Ontario Green Energy Act threatened.

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

Saint John exploring P3 option for water treatment plant, infrastructure - Posted: July 07, 2011
  Mayor insists water would remain city-owned and -operated.

Mission drops out of co-bid with Abbotsford to privatize water works - Posted: July 06, 2011
  Abbotsford pursues P3 project alone despite together-or-not-at-all agreement.

Ontario NDP pledges to bring hydro back to a public system - Posted: July 06, 2011
  Move would eliminate bureaucratic waste, stop power price spikes.

Manitoba Hydro provides the most reliable service in North America for the lowest rates — report - Posted: July 06, 2011
  Unions campaign to keep the Crown corporation public in light of fall elections.

Californian city avoids water privatization - Posted: July 06, 2011
  Water company has recent record of putting profits first.

Canadians want public water services - Posted: June 28, 2011
  Governments should fund infrastructure projects and protect water from private corporate interests &8212 poll.

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.

Alberta water already essentially privatized - Posted: June 28, 2011
  Recommended Water Authority would formalize the process.

European public services committee raises concerns about CETA - Posted: June 28, 2011
  Calls on European Commission to respect public services in its negotiations.

Nova Scotia approves private salmon farms in lobster grounds, pushes out lobster fishermen - Posted: June 15, 2011
  Private company holds two leases and plans to apply for a third.

BC Hydro could be on its way to privatization - Posted: June 08, 2011
  Author speculates it's "either that or bankruptcy".

Italians in Canada should vote against water privatization in referendum - Posted: June 08, 2011
  Government trying to "delay, deny, and destroy the will of citizens" by blocking referendum.

Municipalities will lose power and Canadians will lose rights, public services with CETA - Posted: June 08, 2011
  EU wants access to Canadian markets; Canadians want what's in the public interest.

For-profit water companies seek UN consultative status - Posted: May 26, 2011
  Application contrary to resolutions on human right to water, say opponents.

Public-public partnerships protect water resources - Posted: May 26, 2011
  Federal water policy needed to safeguard communities' water rights.

Respect our marketing choice — wheat farmers - Posted: May 11, 2011
  Wheat Board Alliance responds as former agriculture minister goes back on his word.

BC salmon fishery needs more transparency - Posted: April 27, 2011
  'Stacking' quotas lets corporate owners pay less for catch while employing fewer fishermen.

BC Liberals approve further privatization of province's oldest provincial park - Posted: April 27, 2011
  Government puts commercial interests ahead of those of the public.

Feds privatize Canadian water with AbitibiBowater NAFTA settlement - Posted: March 17, 2011
  Settlement fails to defend public's right to ownership and control of natural resources.

Bottled water bans spread across Canada - Posted: February 24, 2011
  Canadians object to buying negative product when clean, safe water is free.

Cities under pressure over water - Posted: January 16, 2011
  Canada's water infrastructure in a dismal state, cost-cutting at odds with repairs.

Invest in public hospitals, help poor — Saskatchewan polls - Posted: January 14, 2011
  57 percent oppose investing public funds in private clinics.

What you don't know about a deal you haven't heard of - Posted: January 07, 2011
  CETA challenges Canadian sovereignty, increases Canada's carbon emissions potential.

CETA threatens public water, democracy - Posted: December 21, 2010
  CUPE and the NDP worried about lack of public consultation surrounding negotiations.

Saskatchewan premier's potash populism is not what it seems - Posted: November 17, 2010
  BHP's planned phasing out of Canpotex, would, have threatened to destabilize the revenue base of an entire province.

Potash highlights renaissance of economic nationalism - Posted: November 05, 2010
  A major crack and division has opened up within the ranks of the conventionally wise, and a welcome precedent has been set.

Sherwood Forest on the block - Posted: October 26, 2010
  Cabinet plans massive sell-off of government-owned forests as they seek to save billions of pounds.

Climate justice requires social justice - Posted: October 26, 2010
  Quality Public Services conference in Geneva hears that green jobs must provide decent work.

Private water raiding threatens temples on sand in Cambodia - Posted: October 06, 2010
  Unchecked pumping of scarce water resource puts stability of ancient monuments at risk.

Powell River, BC, says "Keep water public!" - Posted: August 03, 2010
  Residents oppose paying subsidy to private company to supply their needs.

Canada abstains on historic water rights resolution at UN - Posted: August 03, 2010
  UN General Assembly passes historic Human Right to Water and Sanitation resolution over Harper's objections.

Huge profits from BC private power raise alarms - Posted: April 30, 2010
  Corporations pocket green energy subsidies.

Edmonton illustrates perils of corporatized water - Posted: April 13, 2010
  People of Edmonton have no accountability or oversight over the workings, service and decision-making of corporate water-provider Epcor.

A dozen key problems with the BC Energy Plan - Posted: April 06, 2010
  Plan will privatize BC's watersheds and power production, erode public utility, and export electricity to the US market.

Tar sands tanker traffic could cause another Exxon Valdez disaster - Posted: March 29, 2010
  Twenty one years after mega-spill Harper government is moving to return giant tankers to the BC coastline.

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

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.

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.

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.

First of its kind report tracks water pollution caused by air contaminants - Posted: January 31, 2010
  Protection plans for drinking water for 11M Ontarians under development.

Obama missed three significant opportunities to green American economy - Klein - Posted: December 22, 2009
  Other countries were poised to follow American lead.

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.

Time for Canada to have an adult conversation about climate change - Pembina Institute - Posted: November 10, 2009
  Country can meet target to cut greenhouse gas pollution and enjoy solid economic growth.

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.

Political leaders lacking vision with traditional "shovel ready" spending - Posted: October 23, 2009
  Purchase of local, sustainable and nutritious groceries could create "virtuous-circle" economics to finance stimulus.

Foresters call for government enquiry, new responsible ownership for six bankrupt mills - Posted: October 05, 2009
  AbitibiBowater attempted to build an empire based on debt, union says.

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.

Why is Environment Canada gagging its own scientists? - Posted: August 22, 2009
  New communications policy restricts how government researchers may interact with reporters.

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.

Disturbing trend towards criminalizing public dissent in Ontario - Posted: August 13, 2009
  Police compile list, lay charges against rural retirees who oppose dump site.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Ontario passes Green Energy Act - Posted: June 12, 2009
  Groundbreaking legislation heralded by coalition of leading environmental groups.

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.

Toronto puts green rooftops high on public planning agenda - Posted: May 21, 2009
  Letter congratulates city for move to become first in North America to both require and govern construction of roof gardens.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

EU farming studies may shift public policy - Posted: April 22, 2009
  Farming, food, health and environment need integrated oversight, author says.

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

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

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.

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

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

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?

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."

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

Green-collar economy taking root in Chicago - Posted: January 22, 2009
  Efforts aim to marry environment, enterprise, social need.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

US Federal wildlife agencies ordered to ignore global warming - Posted: October 22, 2008
  Review of greenhouse gas pollution for impact on species or habitat forbidden.

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

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.

A federal election for the planet - Posted: September 25, 2008
  Obvious effects of global warming "terrifying" to research scientists visiting Northwest Passage.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bills Threaten Democratic Power, Quality Control of Wheat Board - Posted: April 01, 2008
  C-46, C-39 would give Ottawa unilateral power, favour grain companies.

Water should be for people, not profit - Posted: March 25, 2008
  Citizens can take action to protect public water resources before it is too late.


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