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Oppostion to Winnipeg plan to privatize half of waste water collection: Water Watch petition

Contract could lead to future suits under Chapter 11 of NAFTA lessening public control.

Fears of global water shortage, private companies trying to control water resources.This past July, Winnipeg city council, without public consultation, voted for a project that would see 49 percent of the city's waste water services contracted to a private, multi-national company. Now, the Winnipeg Water Watch Committee has launched a petition a campaign to generate support against this move.

"This is not the same petition that went around in July which asked that city not vote on the project until the public was properly consulted," says Dr. Mary LeMaître, Development and Peace Chair, Archdiocese of Winnipeg. "If we hope to stop them, we need lots of signatures."

If the deal moves forward, almost half of waste water services in Winnipeg will be privatized and fears are that future suits under Chapter 11 of NAFTA could ensue if further privatization plans are challenged in public services.

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Posted: November 09, 2009

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