Archive for January, 2012

More on the silly pension debate (with health announcement bonus)

- January 31st, 2012

New auditor general cramming to learn French

- January 31st, 2012

Chances are, new federal auditor general Michael Ferguson is studying harder than you.

On his way in to a Senate finance committee Tuesday, Ferguson admitted he’d been hitting the books in a bid to learn enough French to be able to be able to converse freely in the language.

He came under fire last fall when the Harper government tapped him to replace his predecessor, Sheila Fraser.  In fact, the Liberals boycotted his appointment while the NDP voted against it. Read more…

Ottawa tightens Iran sanctions

- January 31st, 2012

On Tuesday, Ottawa announced it was tightening its sanctions against Iran, adding three members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps to the list of people under and asset freeze prohibition of dealings. Five businesses were also added to the list.

This is the third time the feds have tightened sanctions against the regime and comes on the heels of the EU and the US imposing gradual sanctions on Iran’s oil sector.

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When the same person cuts and serves the cake

- January 31st, 2012

A story out of Britain’s Daily Telegraph reveals not only that public servants there receive higher wages and higher pensions, but that a government plan to reform the pensions that was sharply criticized by unions may actually have raised them for many government employees. MSNBC reports on a new American government study that while public servants there get slightly higher wages, generous pensions make their total compensation considerably higher. And in Canada, public sector unions are forming a circle and growling at suggestions the government might try to do something about their lavish and badly underfunded pensions. Just coincidence?

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Can the guilty be deported?

- January 31st, 2012

In theory, yes. But as I explain below, I’d rather they served their sentence here.