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Our Winnipeg or Theirs?

| Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jun 18, 2012 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

A new video, released on June 15th by the Canadian Union for Public Employees proves you can communicate a big idea–the privatization of municipal services–by looking at the issue through the eyes of school children. The 5 minute video, made by Winnipeg artists Sean and Christian Procter, uses a light touch and animated figures to convey an important message: A remarkable array of publicly owned assets and publicly responsive institutions are both an express of and a foundation for Winnipeg’s greatness.

Let’s hope the video has its intended effect: Animating a discussion involving all ages and all levels of Winnipeg society about the need to protect the public in an age obsessed with privatization.

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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its initiative on The Public Good. He is the author of the New City States, Seeing the Light, and three other non-fiction books. His essays on public policy are regularly published by On the Commons, Alternet, Common Dreams and the Huffington Post.

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