Brazeau and Mac Harb have to pay back large chunks of their expense budgets. They're still working on Pam Wallin. Wait. Mac Harb disputes the article suggesting he owes fat bank. Nope. He's wrong. They do have to pay it back.
Mike Duffy appears to have been tipped off that he was under
investigation over his expenses. I listened to an interview from the
Liberal Senate Leader and he seems really, really pissed about the whole
Tom Mulcair is asking the Conservatives if the money is in the banana stand.
Let's talk about Unions. This NP article uses the Queen of the North ferry accident as an argument against unions. And I do agree here.
Unions should have no place in protecting people from criminal
liability. I'm still not really understanding how the union is even
involved here. I can understand if it was an internal BC Ferries
investigation that the union might be able to prevent certain things.
But can a union really prevent an RCMP or Transport Canada
investigation? If so, then yes, that needs to change. But to
extrapolate this and suggest that unions have no place? Full
disclosure. I'm not in a union and have never been. I have worked
entirely in organizations that are union and have worked with many, many
union employees. And yes, at times it is incredibly ludicrous. I've
seen some really, really bad employees keep their jobs. I've seen
laziness. I've seen union leaders defying sense and logic. The
traditional union/management mentality no longer works. But there is
two sides to that story. This relationship generally is created through
years and years and years of mistrust. I've seen examples of younger
facilities with progressive unions work quite well. So...like I
said...two sides. But what if that union completely goes away?
"Non-competitive" is just another word for "too expensive". And that's
the management trap. Managers aren't evil. They just get fired if
they don't cut and cut and cut and make shit cheaper. It's very easy
for companies to see that they could make so much more money if
employees would only work for less. And only work when they were told
to. And on and on and on. Is this really what we want? We want
everybody to work for cheaper? We want worse jobs and less recourse if
things don't go our way? Yes, unions can be a pain in the ass. For
years I wondered why the high school educated floor worker was making
more than I was (as a professional engineer). But that's a different
question. I think we should worry more about elevating non-union jobs
to union standards than about getting rid of the unions.
Well. I think it makes more sense to just have a well funded Revenue
Canada, rather than create a "special team" to go after tax cheats. But
I'll take it. I guess is sounds better to say you have a "special
team" than to admit that people haven't been caught because the base
organization doesn't have the resources.
"The Harper Government" is spreading.
The phrase has been used on 522 government news releases...since
December. Generally when talking about funding initiatives, tax breaks
Canada is tripping over itself to assure everybody that the 3rd Via Rail terror suspect did not enter the US from Canada.
Stats Can is putting disclaimers on its data due to non-mandatory long form participation.
Oh shit. The Conservatives might start re-writing the Canadian history curriculum.
This story about the Liberals improving fortunes goes out of the way to
belittle what Trudeau was wearing during the announcement. This is
news? And they have an editorial that goes even crazier.
The Conservatives hate big government and science! Except when they can re-purpose
national science institutes to do science for businesses and industry.
Science for businesses, not for people. Correction. Science for giant
corporations, not for anybody else. Science for business suggests that entrepreneurs might benefit.
Companies are hiring temporary foreign workers for jobs in areas where there are unemployed people with similar sets of skills.
The National Post asks why Canadians still are interested in Al Gore...while writing an article about him every two days.
The potato farmer who was thrown in jail in Beirut is suing the Canadian Government.
Details are coming out about Health Ministry employees fired by the BC
Liberals in 2012. Turns out they were working on studies that may have proved harmful to pharmaceutical companies that are also BC Liberal donors.
This is just a stupid article about Real Estate. The gist...If
you bought a home 10 years ago (you know, right before the largest jump
in real estate prices ever) you'll be fine even if there is a crash.
Ummm...let's see. Haven't most people bought since then? Isn't that
what drove up prices? Aren't there a whole lot of people out there
right now without 50% equity in their homes? This is a stupid
Similar to my comment on another Salon article last week...here's another article about Time magazine articles about Millenials. I think
the comments are more enlightening than the actual article.