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Winnipeg city council sets up arm's length water and garbage utility

P3 approved despite 30 public presentations against proposed plan.

Winnipeg mayor Sam KatzJuly 16, 2009 — Opponents piled on criticism to sink it, though the city's ambitious water plan continues to float.

A proposed corporate, arm's-length water and waste utility for Winnipeg took a key step yesterday toward reality, when city hall's most senior committee unanimously approved the concept.

Mayor Sam Katz's cabinet said "yes" to the establishment of the utility, which would manage water and wastewater services as well as garbage handling and recycling.

"I believe it's been clarified now that this always has been the intention for it to be 100% city-owned," Katz said. "The public service verified to everyone who was listening that the city will own 100% of the assets and the utility won't own any assets."...

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  Top committee approves water utility plan, by Ross Romaniuk and Jason Halstead, Winnipeg Sun, July 16 2009

Posted: July 16, 2009

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