Bilfinger Berger Profile


New research on P3 firm Bilfinger Berger exposes how the corporation uses a tax haven to avoid paying taxes on its operations.

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Veolia Profile


New research exposes the risks of privatizing Canada’s water and wastewater systems by entering into public-private partnerships with one of the world’s biggest corporations.

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The Geneva Week of Mobilization Begins

The Polaris Institute's Executive Director, Richard Girard, is in Geneva this week to participate in a week of mobilization organized by the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power to pressure the United Nations Human Rights Council to adopt binding codes that would regulate Transnational Corporations and provide access to justice for victims of human rights violations committed by corporations.

The week action kicked off with a hearing of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal...

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Peoples' Tribunal on Mining - TPP sur l'industrie minière - Montréal, 29 mai - 1er juin

(le français suit - español sigue)


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Pushing back against the privatization of public water services

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By Daniel Cayley-Daoust

Water and wastewater services have long been considered an essential public service in Canada. With few exceptions, these services have remained under the explicit management and ownership of municipal governments. The federal government, however, wants to allow the private sector to operate new water and wastewater facilities in the form of private-public partnerships (P3s). The priorities set out for the 2012 and 2013 application process of Public-Private Partnerships Canada (PPP Canada) and a water and wastewater sector study published on the crown corporation's website confirms the interest of the federal government in the P3 model for the water services industry.

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