Archive for December 19th, 2012

Can’t anybody here play this game?

- December 19th, 2012

So it’s now 30 years since the federal government started trying to replace the Sea King helicopter and… we still haven’t got a single replacement aircraft.

Something to think about next time some fool tells you government is good at fixing things.

PM says gun laws are adequate

- December 19th, 2012

Good, but not enough

- December 19th, 2012

Heads are starting to roll over Benghazi debacle. About time, and not nearly high enough up the chain of command.

WASHINGTON (AP) — An administration official says the chief of the State Department’s security service, one of his deputies and an official from the agency’s Middle East bureau have resigned after a damning report that found systematic management failures responsible for a lack of security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

The official said Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, and Charlene Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security, stepped down under pressure after the release of the report. The third official worked for the Bureau of Near East Affairs, but wasn’t immediately identified, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss personnel matters publicly.

Trudeau’s success written in the stars, astrologer says

- December 19th, 2012

The stars are aligned for Justin Trudeau’s political success, according to an Ottawa-based astrologer and psychic.

In a holiday astrological preview, Soundara Rajan analyzed astrological factors which could influence the political fates of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair and perceived Liberal leadership frontrunner Trudeau.

Rajan said Trudeau’s chances look the brightest in the 2015 election based on his birth date and other influential factors which drive his personality and decision-making skills.

She also said Trudeau has been groomed for the political world from a young age and his family name will serve as an asset, but she admits strategic communication is an area he must work on.

“Sometimes he says some things…he does not have the control,” said Rajan. “He has to control what he can say and what he should not say.”

Trudeau recently came under fire recently by both NDP and Tory MPs for comments he made in a 2010 interview regarding Alberta’s control of Canada’s socio-democratic agenda. The Montreal MP also said “the great prime ministers of the 20th century” were from Quebec.

Rajan said Harper, on the other hand, is well known for finding a “diplomatic way of making decisions in a firm manner” while Mulcair is a “perfectionist” who “likes to be the boss.”

“People may not like the way (Mulcair) is expressing his views,” she said. “He talks like a bitter pill.”

Rajan said Mulcair’s political time to shine will be after April 2014, while she hinted Harper will eventually move on from his post as Conservative party leader. His lengthy tenure as Conservative chief began in 2003 after serving one year as leader of the former Canadian Alliance.

Supreme Court rules against unions in pension surplus case

- December 19th, 2012

Not a huge surprise:

QMI Agency
OTTAWA – The federal government under Jean Chretien had the right to take a $28-billion surplus from its employees’ pension plan and use it to pay down the deficit, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled.
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada and other public-sector unions and associations argued their members – retirees as well as active public servants, RCMP and military personnel — were entitled to at least a portion of that money. The government countered that since retirees are receiving their pension benefits as required by law, they are getting what they’re entitled to and do not have the right to share any surplus.
The case affects about 700,000 people.
The issue has been before the courts since 1999. The Ontario Superior Court sided with the government, a decision that was upheld in appeal in 2010.
On Wednesday the Supreme Court said the employees’ and retirees’ “interests are limited to their interest in the defined benefits to which they are entitled” under their pension plans, and have no right to share any surplus.