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From anti-privatization to pro-public

David McDonald is a professor of Global Development Studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario whose work over the years has focused on issues related to public services and privatization, mostly in contexts in the Global South and in Europe. Scott Neigh interviews him about his role as a co-organizer of The Future is Public, a conference happening in Montreal on June 15 and 16 that will bring together more than 150 activists, trade unionists, and researchers from across North America to discuss struggles and successes from around the world and to begin figuring out what it might mean to articulate a vision for public services that is not just anti-privatization but one that is resolutely pro-public when it comes to things like water, health care, education, energy, transportation, and all the rest.

Source: rabble.ca

Public anger is rising at a deal to give Nestle cheap access to public water in Ontario

Public anger is rising at a deal to give Nestle cheap access to public water in Ontario. “Nestlé and other water users are playing the Ontario taxpayers for suckers and are laughing all the way to the bank. This follows hard on the heels of another privatization disaster of Ontario Hydro that was destroyed by the Mike Harris government in an effort to deliver it to private sector interests leading to the out-of-control hydro prices that are currently hammering customers. Our valuable natural resources are being sold-off and then sold back to us at a massive profit.”

Source: thestar.com

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Public risks, private profits.VEOLIA environment. Profiles of Canada’s public-private partnership industry.

New research exposes the risks of privatizing Canada’s water and wastewater systems by entering into public-private partnerships with one of the world’s biggest corporations. The in-depth profile of water multinational Veolia Environment is the second in a series produced jointly by CUPE and the Polaris Institute.The Public risks, private profits series is an important tool for communities challenging P3s.