November 17, 2011

Residents concerned about the ‘private’ in P3

ABBOTSFORD—City of Abbotsford residents have serious concerns about the Stave Lake P3 deal. That’s the message from the latest Angus Reid poll on the scheme. 

Two-thirds of respondents in the City ordered poll are concerned about the “role of private businesses” (68 per cent) and the “secretive process” (67 per cent) in this P3 deal.

November 8, 2011

Water conservation tops topics at Council

ABBOTSFORD—The mood was decidedly public Monday night at Abbotsford City Council.

November 7, 2011

CUPE voices opposition to P3 plan

ABBOTSFORD – More than 200 local residents took time Sunday for a public meeting on Abbotsford’s controversial P3 water plan.

The mostly South Asian audience heard from municipal candidates, residents and local temple and society leaders. The event was sponsored by Water Watch Mission-Abbotsford and the Council of Canadians. Every speaker opposed the City of Abbotsford’s proposed Public Private Partnership for drinking water supply and urged everyone to get out and vote ‘No’ in the P3 referendum on Saturday, Nov.

November 7, 2011

Alberni Valley campaign sinks P3 – keeps water public

BEAVER CREEK – Beaver Creek residents are keeping their water public. They saw little value in a proposed P3 water infrastructure plan. They proved it by voting 73 per cent against a pricey P3 plan on Oct. 29.

November 4, 2011

The case for Public Water - online and on TV

ABBOTSFORD –The Abbotsford Water for Life /Maude Barlow show is online!

November 2, 2011

District pressures Ottawa on P3 rules

CHILLIWACK—Fraser Valley communities are pressuring the provincial and federal government to offer alternatives to P3 (public private partnership) funding.

Wendy Bales, Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) Area C Director, moved a motion last week for the board to contact the government requesting that funding be made available for non-P3 water infrastructure projects.

October 31, 2011

Local residents speak out against P3 in new video

ABBOTSFORD—Water Watch Mission-Abbotsford has launched a new video online on The Future of Water in Abbotsford .  The five-minute video features local residents and their views on the upcoming November 19 referendum to privatize water.

October 21, 2011

P3 water – Public money used to push ‘private’ option

ABBOTSFORD—Today’s announcement of a federal grant for the city’s P3 water plan comes as no surprise.

The announcement this morning of a $65.7-million grant (of taxpayers’ money) is the federal government’s way of pushing communities to privatize public services like water treatment and delivery.

The announcement doesn’t change the math.

October 20, 2011

Citizen takes on City Hall over P3 plan

ABBOTSFORD—As the City of Abbotsford continues their expensive P3 campaign, more and more citizens are raising concerns and questions about the Stave Lake P3 water project.

That’s the word from Laurie Hoekstra, 46, who was born and raised in Abbotsford.

October 17, 2011

BC communities sound alarm on CETA

BURNABY—B.C. communities are joining the growing opposition to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. Several have recently passed resolutions demanding that provincial and territorial governments negotiate a clear, permanent exemption for local governments from the trade deal.

The following B.C.