Public services and privatization

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We are living with vast discrepancies between rich and poor in Canada. That much is undeniable. According to the Broadbent Institute, 10% of Canadians held almost half (47.9%) of all wealth in 2012. Meanwhile, around one in seven people (about 14%) live in poverty, according to Canada Without Poverty. The gap between those with and without wealth is stark.
Échec aux paradis fiscaux was founded in 2011 by a small group of unions and civil society organizations fed up with how easily corporations and high-wealth individuals avoid paying taxes. Slowly, the coalition has grown to the point that today, nearly all Québec’s unions are members, alongside a great number of other groups and two national student associations.
US Democrat Bernie Sanders recently put forward a proposal to nationalize US electricity utilities. He sees nationalization of electricity production as a way to ensure that everyone can afford this essential service and he – and others, see it as a crucial means of addressing the climate crisis.
This report provides a critical examination of the public-private partnership (P3) model proposed for the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Hospital Redevelopment, and details what little is known of the process thus far. The author raises concerns about the lack of transparency and accountability in this P3 decision-making process, and identifies a number of concerns about the implications of a P3 hospital for Nova Scotians. The report finds that private financing is 125% more than comparable public borrowing.
For immediate release (Winnipeg): A new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative’s (CCPA) Manitoba office: Manitoba Hydro, the Long View argues the publicly owned crown corporation offers economic and social benefits that would be lost if the crown were privatized.
Manitoba Hydro has a long history of development and innovation, combined with political controversy and, in the case of First Nation communities, outright exploitation and abuse. But, as this report demonstrates, it would be wrong to suggest that the utility is not changing, or that it has not learnt from past mistakes.
Cleveland Model graphic taken from community-wealth.org.
Nearly 25 years ago, Canada participated in the 4th World Conference on Women, which resulted in global adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The conference set a new course for feminist activism by recognizing women’s rights as human rights. Bodily autonomy, the ability to decide freely over our bodies, was declared critical to realizing those rights.

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