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Like London and Paris, Sooke BC Is Voting Privatization Out of Style — 6 Comments

  1. While I support the general sentiment of the article a few bits of misinformation. The sewer system was never run by the municipality, Epcor built and have operated the facility since it started. So its not bringing it “back’ in house. Epcor is also not your usual ‘private’ company, it is owned by the City of Edmonton.

    I am glad that Sooke is taking over the operation.

  2. Sooke’s contract was with Epcor Utilities, which is wholly owned by the city of Edmonton.

    Maybe Sooke should try privatization with an actual privately owned company.

    The Tyee never lets the truth get in the way of a good story.

  3. Using both public and private to attain the best cost benefit for the taxpayer is the way I’d go. Having said that, city worker, has always seemed a bit of an oxymoron to me.

  4. Questions: Did Sooke bring ‘water service’ or ‘waste water service’ in house? The contract with Epcor for ‘waste water treatment’ was not renewed, and Sooke now has moved that service in house.’Water services’ remain with the CRD. Did Port Hardy bring ‘water services’ in house? Epcor has a 20 year contract with Port Hardy for both ‘water’ and ‘waste water services’ unless things have changed recently.

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