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Winnipeg's move to standalone utility corporation raises fears of privatization

City water and sewer services to move out of municipal control.

Winnipeg Mayor Sam KatzNovember 12, 2008 — Mayor Sam Katz's cabinet has approved a plan to explore the idea of creating a new water and sewer utility that would replace the city's water and waste department and possibly sell services to neighbouring municipalities.

City council's executive policy committee voted this morning unanimously to approve the plan during a morning meeting that saw opposition councillors, the largest union representing city workers and a new centre-left political group all raise concerns about a stand-alone city utility.

Mike Davidson of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 500, St. Boniface Coun. Dan Vandal and Liam Martin of the fledgling Winnipeg Citizens' Coalition all implored EPC to hold off on making a decision about the utility, raising fears about the possible privatization of city services . . .

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  City's plan to create water and sewer utility moves forward, Winnipeg Free Press, November 12 2008

Posted: November 28, 2008

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