The Star-Phoenix newspaper reports today that Saskatoon city council has reversed a motion endorsed by its executive committee two weeks ago to seek a municipal exemption from Canada-EU free trade rules that will affect local governments.
"Council voted 6-3 against the exemption with Mayor Don Atchison, councillors Tiffany Paulsen, Glen Penner, Bev Dubois, Randy Donauer, and Darren Hill, who reversed his vote from the executive committee," says the article. "Councillors Charlie Clark, Mairin Loewen, and Pat Lorje voted in favour of the exemption, while Coun. Ann Iwanchuk, who made the motion, was absent."
Dolores Douglas, vice-president of CUPE Saskatchewan, spoke in favour of the motion at last night's meeting. She explained, "It is about increasing costs to cities and it is forcing the risk of privatization to Canada's drinking water and sanitation by the world's biggest water corporations... There is much to lose and little to gain."