Council of Canadians launches campaign "Show Us the Deal" to educate public and politicians about "secret" Véolia waste/water deal

Media Release
March 21, 2011

Winnipeg (MB) - On Tuesday, March 22nd, World Water Day, the Council of Canadians – Winnipeg Chapter launches its “Show Us the Deal” Campaign with an online petition and by presenting a film screening of Water Makes Money - a documentary of numerous cities, including Paris, that have fought to regain their waste and water systems after negative experiences with Véolia.

Winnipeg City Council has voted to go ahead with a secret 30-year deal with the large multi-national corporation, Veolia. Meanwhile, Paris (the birthplace of Veolia) and cities throughout France are bending are working to get rid of them and put the operation of their water systems back in the hands of the local government.

The Council of Canadians - Winnipeg Chapter is launching a “Show us the Deal” Campaign in which we will encourage City Council to show us the details that have been blocked in the face of multiple Access to Information requests, including one filed by the Chapter itself. A petition will officially be unveiled on World Water Day at the screening of Water Makes Money.

The film Water Makes Money casts light on some explosive new developments. It portrays what Paris and other French communities have learned from their deals with Veolia and company, and how they have finally managed to retake control of the water. Examples from Europe and America expand the film into a teaching example for the entire world! Water Makes Money will provide facts, details and encouragement for Winnipeggers in opposition to City Hall's secret 30-year deal with Veolia.

The film will be screened Tuesday (World Water Day) at the Ellice Cafe & Theatre at 7:00 pm. The Council of Canadians - Winnipeg Chapter invites everyone to come out, and strongly encourages the Mayor and Winnipeg City Council to view this enlightening film full of information highly relevant to Winnipeg's future.

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