The Canadian Press reports that, "Less than one year after a private medical clinic opened in Calgary to angry protests, similar 'members only' facilities are spreading across the province."
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The Globe and Mail reports today that Winnipeg mayor Sam Katz "is endorsing a plan to split off the Water and Waste Department from the city and place it in an arm's-length corporation, much like some provincial Crown corporations, but with a major catch: The new utility would be a partnership between the city and a private-sector company. The company would share the risk of construction financing and overruns. But that risk could come with a huge reward - the potential bonanza of expanding the utility to serve thirsty markets beyond city limits. Even before the business plan has passed, 15 companies have applied for consideration."
Maude Barlow, national chair for the Council of Canadians, says, "It may seem like a small decision - should the City of Winnipeg allow a public-private utility model - but it's part of a larger question that's being fought on the ground all over the world."
A recent National Farmers Union media release states, "Canadians need to understand the context of today’s announcement that Mexican citizens will require visas to visit Canada."
The National Post recently reported on the finances of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
1. RISING COSTS
"(The 2010 Winter Olympics) operating budget, now $1.76-billion, is up 7% from 2007, and has increased significantly from the original $1.3-billion six years ago, when Vancouver made its winning Games bid."
2. TAXPAYERS TO PICK UP MILLIONS IN COSTS
"The $1.76-billion budget doesn't include security costs. Originally estimated at $175-million, the security bill is now expected to top $900-million. About half will be spent on services provided by the RCMP. Taxpayers will pick up the entire security tab."
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN) website notes that, "Alternative Radio offers a talk by Maude Barlow, co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, working internationally for the right to water."
It appears that you can 'listen live' on-line this Monday July 20 at 1 pm at http://www.mpbn.net/Home/tabid/36/ctl/ViewItem/mid/3456/ItemId/30/Default.aspx.
The Barrie Examiner reports this morning that, "(As of Friday), it is day 12 of the Site 41 landfill site blockade and the waiting game has begun. Thursday, the OPP warned that if they continue to block the entrances they could be charged with intimidation and mischief; both Criminal Code offences."
On July 13, the Ottawa Citizen's Andrew Potter wrote, "John Manley was probably the last best hope for the Liberals, but now it looks like he'll finish his career heading up the largest pro-business lobby group in the country. ...(But) from the outside, the (Canadian Council of Chief Executives) has more and more seemed out of touch, an ideological holdover from the big battles of the 1980s. As a one-man show beholden to a narrow and fairly predictable set of interests, it is in many ways just the mirror image of its old opponent, Maude Barlow's Council of Canadians -- two once-powerful organizations whose best days are 20 years gone."
Today, Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter activist Roy Brady replies in the Ottawa Citizen's letters page that, "That columnist Andrew Potter's preferred leader of the Liberal party is also the preferred chief lobbyist for Canada's largest corporations is bad enough for democracy. His indifference, however, to what Maude Barlow and the Council of Canadians have done over the past 20 years to resist the merger of corporate and government agendas can't be passed over in silence."
The National Post reports that, "July is set to be the deadliest month in the eight-year-old Afghanistan war as offensives by U.S. and coalition forces have met unprecedented violence."
"The death toll for foreign troops in Afghanistan halfway through July equals the highest for any month of the war. Wednesday, authorities announced a U.S. soldier had been killed by a bomb and two Turks had died in a road accident, raising the toll of U.S. and allied foreign fatalities in the first half of July to 46, equal to full-month highs set in August and June, 2008."
The National Post reports that, "The Swedish presidency of the European Union threatened retaliatory action toward Canada yesterday over new visa requirements for Czech citizens."
The Barrie Examiner and the Midland Free Press report that, "Tiny Township Council is asking Premier Dalton McGuinty to declare a one-year moratorium on construction at dump Site 41."