Save EPCOR From Privatization
From EPCARE, 7 July 1999
In Alberta and Ontario public utilities, electircal, hydro, are being set up for privatization. Both provinces have passed legislation deregulating electricity.
This is forcing municipalities to look at privatization as a quick cash grab. It is crucial that we oppose this.
In Edmonton Alberta our city owned power and water company,EPCOR, is being threatened with privatization. City council will be meeting next week to decide on this.
I maintain the Power to the People web page covering the bid to privatize EPCOR as well as covering bids to privatize city owned utilities across Alberta and Ontario, with background and links to international campaigns opposing the privatization of electrical and water utilities.
The web site has direct links to City Council and the Mayor's email. I am hoping activists will forward this message and email city council and the Mayor showing them there is National and International opposition to privatization.
The Parkland Institute the Alberta CCPA policy think tank has produced a study debunking the Royal Banks study promoting privatization of EPCOR, which a summary of is linked to our page. The struggle to stop the privatization of EPCOR will determine our ability to oppose privatization across Canada.
EPCARE is a coalition of concerned citizens and union activists opposed to the sale of EPCOR.
It is crucial that city council get the message.
Your solidarity and support is appreciated.
Edmontons area code is 780
CITY COUNCIL EPCOR HEARINGS 9:30 AM JULY 15
PUBLIC RALLY 12PM, JULY 15TH 1999 IN FRONT OF
ORGANIZED BY: EPCARE 448-8910,
An Open Letter to the Citizens of Edmonton
On Thursday July 15, 1999, City Council will debate a motion made by Mayor Smith, which would initiate the process of selling all or part of EPCOR.
Edmonton Power has served the interests of Edmontonians for nearly a century and has proven to be strategically important to the development of this city. EPCOR is a world leader in providing low-cost, reliable electricity to the individual households and large industrial consumers alike. It is a superbly managed company, a great asset and well positioned to prosper in the future. Re-regulation of the electrical power industry by the provincial government will not affect EPCOR competitive advantage.
De-regulation affects every level of employment in every sector, please share your concerns by informing your Councillor and Mayor Smith=92s office. Selling an asset such as EPCOR will not only affect the long-term financial situation of Edmontonians, it will also decrease job stability and overall security for City employees.
Please, urge City Council to act for the good of the whole and reject any motions to sell EPCOR. We encourage you, as Citizens of Edmonton, to be active in this debate. There will be a public meeting on July 13th, taking place at the Central Lions Senior Citizens Center located at 11113 Avenue and 113 Street, starting time will be 7:30 PM.
Ward 1 Councillor Leroy Chahley- Jim McDawall (E.A.)- 496-8120
Ward 2 Councillor AllanBolstad- Debbie Reschny (E.A.)- 496-8136
Ward 3 Councillor Brian Mason- Maryann Furman(E.A.)- 496-8138
Ward4 Councillor Michael Phair- Harvey Voogd (E.A.)- 496-8140
Ward 5 Councillor Larry Langley - Kimberley Krushell (E.A.)- 496-8132
Ward 6 Councillor Terry Cavanagh- Susanne Gale (E.A.) &- Carole Cummings
Mayor Bill Smith- 496-8100- 496-8292 (FAX)
I would like to thank you for taking the time in reading this letter and
sharing our concerns with your Councillor and the Mayor=92s office.
Please call our office=92s with your concerns: