Sep 06, 2011

CUPE supports public water declaration

MISSION—CUPE members will be on hand tonight to support a Water Watch Mission - Abbotsford delegation at the District of Mission Council meeting. The delegation will be encouraging Mission to reaffirm its commitment to keeping our water public.

Water Watch Mission - Abbotsford representatives will be asking the District Council to support a resolution from municipalities across British Columbia calling on the federal government to protect and enhance safe, clean public water and public wastewater systems.

In the Spring of 2011, Mission District Council joined a long and growing list of communities that have rejected proposals to privatize their water services. WWMA reports that while it applauds Council for reflecting the will of Mission residents on this vital issue, federal pressure has made it vital to now reaffirm that support. WWMA representatives will be asking District Council to support a resolution from municipalities across British Columbia to be raised at the upcoming Union of BC Municipalities meeting that calls on the federal government to provide funding for public water infrastructure and delivery projects. (See attached Mission Water Resolution PDF).

WWMA says that “municipalities are being told by the federal government that they either privatize their water services or they will not receive funding for water projects. This is coercive and unfair. The federal government should not be demanding that communities sell off their vital public services to be operated for private profit.”

Please see the attached Resolution for more details.

WHO: CUPE members and Mission residents concerned about public water
WHAT: District Council Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 starting at 6:30pm
WHERE: Municipal Hall, 8645 Stave Lake St, Mission

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