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Edmonton P3 wasn't such a hot idea

City set to backtrack on agreement with consortium.

Edmonton by Scott Harris, Vue Weekly, April 10, 2008

From the better-late-than-never file comes the news that the city is set to scrap plans to build the long-awaited Southwest Community Recreation Centre (SWCRC) in Terwillegar by means of a public-private partnership (P3).

City council voted 7-4 on Dec 18, 2007 to move ahead with plans to enter into an agreement with a private consortium to design, build, finance and operate the entire recreation facility and attached four-rink ice arena despite warnings from other municipalities, advocacy groups and unions about the track record of P3s, especially when it comes to building and operating recreational facilities.

A report on P3s released by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities just prior to council's decision concluded that there was no evidence to show that facilities built using the P3 model cost less or provide better services than facilities built using the traditional model and operated publicly, and also concluded that P3s "can reduce flexibility, transparency, and accountability for local governments."…

Scott Harris is Vue Weekly''s News Editor.

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  "P3 wasn't such a hot idea", Scott Harris, Vue Weekly, April 10, 2008, Issue #651

Posted: April 16, 2008

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