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Walkerton anniversary underlines perils of privatization

CBC looks inside Canada's worst-ever E. coli contamination.

Walkerton should remain a potent symbol of privatization in Canada.Ten years ago, water contamination killed seven people in rural Walkerton, Ontario. The privatization of health and water inspections has widely been blamed as a major cause of the tragedy.

CBC News wrote:
Canada's worst-ever outbreak of E. coli contamination took hold 10 years ago in a typically quiet town in the rural heartland of Bruce County, ON.

The community of Walkerton, population less than 5,000 at the time, saw 2,300 people fall ill, and seven die, after breakdowns in the local water system. The region's public health officer later said the catastrophe was probably preventable.

Here is a timeline of the events...

Posted: May 31, 2010

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