Italian-Canadians Can Help Stop Water Privatization

June 3, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

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Italian expatriates in Canada and around the world are encouraged to vote in an important referendum to block a water privatization plan in Italy. The multi-question referendum is scheduled for June 12 and 13.

Water is a fundamental natural resource for life on earth, which supports healthy eco-systems and healthy communities. Civil society organizations around the world, including labour unions, have long fought to maintain public control over water resources against commercial, for-profit, interests. The situation in Italy is the latest corporate-backed effort to strip water out of the public's hands.

For more information on the referendum vote visit:  or the Canadian Union of Public Employees campaign website:

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