Little pay off
CALGARY - City subsidies for professional
sports teams like the Calgary Flames can be justified in the name of
civic planning, pride or politics, but suggestions that they result in
net growth to the overall economy don't hold water, economists say.
Calgary offer for a new arena
More money or else
CATSA says the number of passengers
keeps rising at the same time that the agency's staffing costs are
growing. But the federal funding isn't keeping pace.
OTTAWA - A federal fund designed to give
financial help to parents whose children have been murdered or gone
missing has spent more than 14 times as much on administration costs
as it has on actual grants.
Where tax dollars go
TORONTO - It's been reported that Canada
the 4th most per capita on health care
of all of the industrialized countries in the world.
Yet, despite all that money being
spent, Canada's health-care system currently ranks
30th in the world, according to the WHO
last amongst all OECD
countries in terms of wait times.
Ontario has 3 times as many
health-care bureaucrats per capita as Sweden and 4 times as many as
10 times as many
health-care bureaucrats per capita as Germany.
OTTAWA - Auditors got suspicious when
invoices showed a mental-health professional working with Indigenous
patients had billed Health Canada for more than 28.5 hours of
counselling in a single 24-hour period.
Money for entitlements
OTTAWA - If the purchase is a penny over
$20, a federal customs agent can intercept it, open it, delay it, add
federal and provincial sales taxes, and, depending on the origin of
the merchandise, perhaps pile on some duty charges.
Ottawa spends about $166M to collect $39M in
additional taxes and duties.
Economic effects of raising DMT threshold
Feds not interested in cheaper goods for Canadians
Harassed, bullied city workers
- An investigation has found
Bradley, the mayor of Sarnia, engaged in
workplace harassment. (CP)
I made my share of mistakes
- City council has approved more than $400,000 in emergency funding
after an audit revealed huge financial losses at the facilities.
Council also dismissed the board that
oversees both facilities.
OTTAWA - Physicians in Canada were paid a
total of $25B in 2014-2015, up from $24.1B during the previous period,
according to a new report.
The average payment per physician
remained virtually unchanged at $339,000 nationally, the CIHI
said in its annual report.
Physicians in Canada 2015
Changing the system
Where the money is
- A Hay River man trying to sue the
government says he can't find a lawyer in the territory to take his
Of the about 170 lawyers who live and
work in the territory, around 70 are currently employed full-time by
the NWT government.
- Robert Lutczyk, 40, the former Oshawa councilor and army reservist
who kidnapped a city lawyer at gunpoint in revenge for financial
troubles, took him in chains to a remote industrial compound with an
arsenal of illegal weapons, then held off police in a standoff for
more than 24 hours after the lawyer escaped, was sentenced to 8 years
and 4 months in prison.
Justice lawyers' payroll
OTTAWA - A payroll screw-up at Justice
Canada credited several thousand government lawyers with as much as
$50M worth of time off that they didn't deserve.
The botched accounting - carefully
kept out of public financial statements - has tied the department in
knots, threatening negotiations for a new labour contract, prompting
union (Association of
Justice Counsel) grievances and forcing
a massive payroll cleanup that has taken more than 2 years.
Crown Corp compensation
OTTAWA - Taxpayers paid out more than
$284,000 in compensation to 3 successive part time board chairmen of a
little known Crown corporation called the
Canadian Commercial Corporation.
2014-2015 CCC Annual Report
Doctors paid $24B
Provincial and territorial governments paid
out a total of $24.1B to physicians in 2013-2014, a nearly 6% increase
from the year before, according to the latest data from the Canadian
Institute for Health Information.
Canadian doctors' average earnings
before expenses were nearly $336,000 last year,
- Property records obtained show that Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson and
Councillor Gord McClure were involved in separate land transactions
worth at least $24M in the SW part of the municipality, where they are
alleged to have pushed development.
Students' union fights back
SYDNEY - The Students' Union at
isn't going down without a fight.
The group says it will appeal a
decision by an Ontario court ordering it to pay $400,000 into the
Canadian Federation of Students (CFS).
funding CFS in legal attacks
FREDERICTON - A consultant who was paid $13M to find savings for the
New Brunswick government only saved $10M - or less, the province's
auditor general says.
HALIFAX - The government's decision to
shuffle the $3.4M it saved by not paying teachers during a one-day
strike to student grants shows the Liberals haven't been listening,
the teachers union says.
High school winter sports latest casualty of teachers work to rule
Bill to impose contract on teachers passed
Spotlight on crown corp
WINNIPEG - The Liberal government won't
explain the specifics of why it decided to formally terminate Donald
Salkeld's appointment at the
Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation
effective Dec 21 - the same day his term was already scheduled to
Council asks RCMP to investigate
- City council has asked the RCMP to investigate Mayor Bill McKay over
allegations that he is 'in direct violation of his obligations and
duty to the City.'
(Globe & Mail) MORE:
Nanimo City Council
RCMP looking into allegations
SYDNEY - The Cape Breton Regional
wants nearly $43,000 to answer a resident's questions about municipal
expense claims and contracts related to port development. (CBC)
mayor and council
Bureaucrat faces fraud charge
MONTREAL - The RCMP have laid charges of
fraud and breach of trust against Michel Fournier, a former federal
official in relation to alleged 'bribery payments' of more than $2M
from engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.
(Globe & Mail)
Bridge official charged
Federal Bridge Corporation
HALTON - David Atsushi Ohashi, 56, of
Mississauga has been charged with fraud under $5000, use of a forged
document, 3 counts of municipal corruption and 3 counts of accepting
Halton manager accused
Acted in bad faith
- An Ontario municipality opposed to wind turbine projects acted in
bad faith when it unfairly threw up a roadblock that made it
impossible for a company to proceed with one, Ontario's top court
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Price tag doubles
WINNIPEG - With interest factored in, the
price tag for
Investors Group Field is almost double
the cost of construction.
The province confirms the $209M
stadium will actually cost $376M once loans on the stadium are paid
Restrictions for Crown Corporations
OTTAWA - The federal government is bringing
in new rules for Crown corporations to try to rein in their spending
on travel and hospitality.
Crown Corp appointee expenses
Mayors' income 2014
MARKHAM - In 2014,
salary was higher than the salaries earned by mayors in cities much
larger than Markham.
TORONTO - The Ontario Provincial government
will unveil details of the new Jobs and Prosperity Fund, rolling all
existing corporate handouts into one $2.5B program.
But economists warn it is not clear
the province does the rigorous analysis necessary to see if those
subsidies are working.
Managers reaped rewards
Canada managers made hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses for
cutting costs as the department shed hundreds of jobs.
Overhaul to eliminate 1,300 managers
MONTREAL - Quebec's health care system is in for a major shake-up
thanks to Bill 10, a plan to cut bureaucracy and improve direct health
MONTREAL - The RCMP is investigating how and
why $1.5M in payments made their way into Swiss bank accounts
belonging to Michel Fournier, the former boss of a federal Crown
Federal Bridge Corporation
HALIFAX - NS's agriculture minister has ordered an audit for the
Provincial Exhibition Commission, saying the troubled organization
owes the province about $450,000 but hasn't made any loan payments and
has refused to hand over financial data. (CTV)
Not filing taxes
SASKATOON - As president of the Saskatoon
Regional Economic Development Authority
Tim LeClair has gone to China with Mayor Don Atchison, as well as to
Spain, the Netherlands and Italy with a coalition of businesses and
government officials from across Canada.
- Louise Leger-Villandre has had a sizable amount of assets seized by
Revenue Quebec after allegedly lying on her business's tax returns and
then trying to sell off some of her belongings.
Hidden microphones found at city hall
Municipal bureaucrat accused of stealing
OTTAWA - A Canadian
wants the federal government to explain costly expenses racked up by
the head of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
Travel cost spat escalating
OTTAWA - CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais
recently refused to approve Shoan's proposed travel for 2015-16, which
at first detailed potential trips totaling $78,000.
Shoan later reduced the amount to
$48,000 'under protest.'