July 26, 2013
MONTREAL – As Montrealers fumed about fare hikes and repeated métro breakdowns, several of the Société de transport de Montréal’s top managers were enjoying big pay raises last year. The salaries of 12 top STM managers jumped by more than 10 per cent in 2012 compared with 2011, according to a Gazette analysis based on information obtained under access-to-information. The data pertain to the STM’s “extended executive committee” — the agency’s 40 or so highest-paid employees. Salaries range between $120,000 and almost $300,000. In 2012, the average annual pay in this group jumped by 5.6 per cent or $9,200, increasing the average annual salary to $173,000. During the same period, the salaries of Montreal bus and métro drivers increased by two per cent. The average Canadian saw a salary increase of 2.8 per cent in 2012, according to Statistics Canada. http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/managers+raises/8703628/story.html
You know why these big execs all who rather should have been fired they did not care about the Metro Breakdowns? they likely too their cars to work, and could afford the parking downtown too ehh.. and how many Managers also go useless pay raises elsewhere now too?
MONTREAL — For years, Canada was regarded by international experts as one of the most protected and most expensive wireless markets in the world. Canadian consumers weren’t well served by mobile operators and that only began to change a few years ago when new entrants like Videotron and others came in and the market became more competitive. Now, the federal government wants to continue the push toward greater competition and choice by auctioning off additional spectrum in September to attract a new player. From the perspective of consumers, what could be wrong with that? http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Peter+Hadekel+Bell+wireless+arguments+against+Verizon+ring/8709258/story.html
Well if you are Bell, Rogers, Telus, etc.. everything is wrong.. as they can never have enough money for a start.. Bell is one of Canada’s most hated Corporations still even because it too often abuses it’s customers still..
You did notice that CTV News support Bell, BCE here? oh I forgot Bell owns CTV…
PS NOW STEPHEN HARPER GET OFF THE BOOZE AND LOOK AFTER THE GOOD WELFARE OF ALL CANADIANS
May 20, 2013
February 6, 2013
In Canada, especially in Ontario and Ontario, we have a very great undeniable, false problem of neglect in the treatment of older patients in the hospital and in old age homes’
Upon admission to the hospital you are requested to sign a form declaring whether you wish to be revived in case of emergency, or not. This document is called a D. N. R. or Do Not Resuscitate form. They give you two choices.
The first choice, you are told is to accept being kept alive as a living vegetable, completely insensane. The second you are told is to let nature take its course. Then these utterly helpful people will even sign the form for you. All nice and neat.
However this is the biggest song and dance act to be put over the public since Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. What you are actually agreeing to is for the Hospital to totally neglect you or even pump you full of enough morphine to overdose a football stadium of people.
The problem with this whole attitude ( besides giving me nightmares of genocidal dictators) is that it completely negates the concept of ” best practice”. loving one another ,
Best practice is the long and firmly held belief that there is only ONE way to treat EVERYBODY. Not when you feel like it or just when you really want to or when someone gives you more money to behave better. Every time for everybody. Because when you start to slack or fail to preform, its just too easy to keep on giving less then your best.
If you take a gander at the rising medical malpractice deaths in hospital across the country and through the United States, you will soon realize that the concept of best practice has gone the way of the proverbial washed baby with the dirty bathwater.
Now Hospitals when they are being asked to put forward their best game have no best game left. Only the same sloppy seconds they choose to inflict upon older people. Not keeping sterile technique. Not caring for basic needs ( feeding washing having water and blankets for the bed available). Not being concerned about basic medical protocols.
For example twisting the patient while shifting them in bed even though the patient is suffering from a shattered pelvis which has not been casted ( because it is just too hard to do with those old bones, you see).
Then using drugs upon that patient which go against the doctors and specialists orders for that patient, (because that’s the way the hospital usually does it). Such as give that broken bone patient blood thinners which absolutely stop any bone repair from being made( one of the functions of blood thinners are to stop the clotting process, bone healing is in itself a clotting process). And then refusing to give the patient bone building vitamin supplements that the doctor has ordered under the reasoning of the staff that vitamins and minerals aren’t really a serious medicine and so it doesn’t matter whether or not it has been given.
Hospitals can get away with this heinous behavior because it mostly affects the older more vulnerable sections of our society.
You see hospitals understand that they can indulge themselves with this sort of ageist behavior because we the people are still watching that Fred and Ginger song and dance act that they bedazzled us with in the first place.
The ageist behavior of the hospitals has lead us to believe rightfully that when old people go into hospital there are automatically at risk of dying.
But this only comes to pass because of the hospitals actions or mainly bad in-actions. Not because of theme now being any more innate vulnerability in the average mature person then there is in a preteen child. Both groups Children and Seniors still do need a certain amount of care taken. But older persons are given far less care over the children .
“I have personally come up against this exact sort of ageism, many times hearing that sixty is a good long time to have lived. This behavior not only diminishes all of us, separating us from our true humanity, our beliefs in charity and that older adults are precious contributors to our own lives and not to be diminished by these vultures upon the vulnerable.”
What they do so many now do inflicts harm upon all of us seniors? It is a spreading epidemic of ill will cast out upon those who only seek to enjoy their golden years without the machinations of their caretakers contributing to their early exit. Or shall I be more plain spoken and say what it is indeed, an execution. At what cost do we allow this to happen?
The insurance company too are doubly hit by this, first with the hospital costs and then with the life policy payout.
The stores and service sectors that older people patronize lose out. Real Estate suffers because that extra condo is never purchased. Younger families looking for affordable housing cannot move into established neighborhoods because to make the most of the estate, it is sold to developers. And those young people if they get sick can not count upon the care of the hospitals because the staff are too jaded with their good enough practices that they become unable to set right your average medical situation. Not being able to do CPR. Not recognizing the signs of poisoning, heart attack drug toxicity or allergic reaction. They only move now upon the threat of being sued, and even that last resort of public outrage is hamstrung with government legislation. All in an attitude of don’t do what’s best, only protect your butt.
This whole situation is an attack directed at the Zoomers age group. This D.N.R. nonsense has to be rewritten re-regulated and completely re-thoughtout. It only acts as a legal sop to cover the actual act of involuntary euthanasia upon our senior persons. This has built to the point where we must act if not for ourselves then for everything we hold dear. Our families and our liberties are threatened by this madness. Should we not take this task to hand one day it will be your children in the hospital facing these torturers, Facing their own unsought for demise. And then who will stand for them?”
February 16, 2012
“This is big. Powerful lobbyists, working with their allies in government, have put forward what amounts to an unavoidable choke point for your Internet use: two bills aimed at Internet users, and a government decision about the future of Internet access.
If we don’t stop this set-up, you’ll have to deal with bigger bills, widespread warrantless surveillance, and restricted choice
Now you helped push back against new Internet restrictions and Big Telecom price-gouging. But these new challenges require more resources than ever to fight.
These three imminent threats will create an Internet choke point for Canadians, and they’re unfolding right now:
Online Spying: The government has tabled their invasive spying plan (Bill C-30) to mandate that every Internet provider must hand “authorities” access to the private information of any Canadian, at any time, without a warrant1. Despite appearances the contrary, they are still pushing this through parliament.
The Internet Lockdown: Through Bill C-11, Big Media lobbyists are seeking the power2 to compel telecom providers (who will now have surveillance capabilities) to cut Internet access for no good reason, remove or hide vast swaths of the Internet, and lock users out of their own services.
According to copyright experts, giant media conglomerates are lobbying for Internet lockdown powers allowing them to cut Internet access for no good reason, remove or hide vast swaths of the Internet, and lock users out of their own services.
Taken together, these new powers would fundamentally change the Internet, severely limit free expression, and hogtie innovators. And all to supposedly protect Big Media’s content assets.
A similar scheme in the US led to a huge public outcry forcing Big Media lobbyists to back off from their plan to impose the now-infamous SOPA and PIPA1 legislation.
Now, those lobbyists are turning to Canada through copyright legislation like Bill C-11 and trade agreements called ACTA2 and TPP3. Internet law expert Michael Geist recently revealed that behind-the-scenes Big Media lobbyists are pushing for powers such as website blocking4, Internet termination for people that threaten their business interests5, and huge threats for sites that host user-generated content (like YouTube)6, in addition to the “most restrictive digital lock provisions in the world,”7 which are already in Bill C-11.
Canadians are not taking this lying down. Across the country, online and off, Canadians are standing up against this Internet lockdown. Protests are being held in several cities today8; at the same time thousands of people are getting active online, using the Internet to say no to the Internet lockdown.
Politicians and policymakers have an opportunity to put Canada on the map as a leader in Internet openness and affordability. But they have to know that we’re behind them if they stand up to megacorporate lobbyists. Their approach is backwards: it suffocates online choice and it’s patently unfair.
The Cell Phone Squeeze: Big Telecom giants are lobbying the government to turn over control of mobile communications—which experts say are the future of Internet access—to just three giant companies3. This will lead to rising prices, even worse customer service, and more easily controlled surveillance.
The Big Three are ripping us off and using the money to manipulate Canadians and the government.
As we’ve been saying, the Big Three cell phone companies have a plan to price-gouge Canadians by shutting out small competitors1. Now they’re unleashing a misinformation campaign to muzzle your voice.
- Rogers recently bought and paid for a trumped-up study2 that wrongly implies Canadians (you) can afford to pay more for telecom services.
- Rogers just took to the courts to argue that Canada’s false advertising rules violate the telecom giant’s freedom of expression! This after being caught red-handed and fined $10,000,000 dollars for misleading cell phone advertising.3
With these two acts of extreme arrogance, Rogers has demonstrated that they will go to ridiculous lengths to tighten their stranglehold on communications and raise prices.
here’s some more detailed background information:
- Cell phone companies require low-frequency wireless spectrum to deliver the latest mobile devices to customers. There is a new block of 700 MHZ spectrum that will be available for use through an auction later this year and the government is about to decide who will have access to the spectrum.The Big Three providers are sitting on more than enough spectrum to do deliver their services to Canadians (including those in rural areas). They want the government to take a do nothing approach and allow the Big hree to control essential spectrum and shut out independent competitors. You can also check out CTV News coverage of this issue here.
- Lemay Yates recently released a report, bought and paid for by Rogers, that suggests Canadians have better Internet speed, availability and pricing than our global counterparts. But this research directly contradicts many other independent reports (from the OECD, Harvard, the New America Foundation, Akamai, and more) that show Canada falling woefully behind on key metrics like price and speed.
- According to the Vancouver Sun: “Rogers Communications Inc. is asking an Ontario court to strike down part of a federal law requiring a company to have ‘adequate and proper’ tests of a product’s performance before advertising claims about the product — on the grounds that it violates its freedom of expression.”
Now that you know the details, it’s time to act.
April 26, 2011
April 22, 2011
..They asked for bathrooms, or at least porta-potties, and they got five-gallon pails.
Chiefs representing First Nations from the Island Lake area of northern Manitoba held a press conference Thursday to lament Ottawa’s response to immediate, short-term help while they discuss how to hook the communities up with running water and proper sewage in the long term.
“They agreed to help us with short-term solutions. Their solutions are slop pails and 45-gallon drums. That’s not acceptable,” said Chief Dino Flett, of the Garden Hill First Nation. “In some houses, 15 people have to use that slop pail. That’s not safe. That’s not healthy.”
Chiefs from the Island Lake area bands met with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada last December to discuss ways of addressing the lack of water and sewage infrastructure in their remote communities.
Among the chiefs’ immediate, short-term solutions were plans for porta-potty style biffies with holding tanks that could be emptied, or alternatively centralized, communal washrooms, showers and laundry facilities.
What INAC sent was 999 slop pails — five-gallon pails that are meant to be makeshift indoor toilets — as well as about 800 water barrels, and a water and sewage truck for each community, although with no permanent provision for maintenance, operating costs or fuel for the trucks.
National Post editorial board: Native children paying the price for race-based … National Post (blog) - Apr 20, 2011 And yet, when it comes to Canada’s defining policy failing — the squalor and hopelessness that characterize many native reserves — we pretend that none of this research exists. It is imagined that what native children truly need to prosper are not …
Stop ignoring First Nations, says National Chief Toronto Star - – Apr 11, 2011 “It just feels people are not aware of the tremendous implications of First Nations remaining at the margins,” he told reporters Monday after an address to the Canadian Club in Toronto. “There are over 60 ridings where aboriginal people participate in …
April 21, 2011
Man charged for running bogus immigration and employment agency Toronto Star - A 46-year-old man is facing charges for allegedly running a fraudulent business that targeted prospective immigrants searching for employment and citizenship in Canada. Police said the bogus business was run from August 2009 to September 2010 and …
Canadian newcomers shouldn’t vote Tory: lawyers, academics Vancouver Sun -In a statement signed by about 40 of the country’s leading lawyers and professors, the group tells newcomers to Canada that they shouldn’t believe Conservative claims, accusing Immigration Minister Jason Kenney of “manipulating” statistics to suggest …
Missing in electoral action: immigration Globe and Mail While party leaders have gone to considerable lengths to court immigrant communities, important questions about immigration have been ignored in this election campaign.
Police role at BC group homes to be probed CBC.ca - BC’s Representative for Children and Youth says she will launch a special investigation into reports that some group home staff members are using police to help discipline children. The decision follows her preliminary investigation into an RCMP …
A bus driver has been charged with two traffic violations in relation to a fatal collision in Saskatoon where a 10-year-old boy died, police say.The boy, Erik Herlen, was attempting to cross the street around 8:30 a.m. CST Nov. 2, 2010, when he was hit by a yellow bus that was transporting workers.According to police, the bus was going south on Valens Drive and had turned onto 33rd Street West.Police announced Thursday that the driver, a 59-year-old man, was charged with driving without due care and attention and failing to yield to a pedestrian. They said no criminal charges were being laid. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/bus-driver-faces-traffic-charges-boys-death-223104594.html
Teen skateboarder killed by city bus on way to schoolToronto Sun - Apr 19, 2011 A Montreal high school is reeling after a student was struck and killed by a city bus while skateboarding to class on Tuesday morning. The teen boy had just exited the bus near Jeanne-Mance high school when he was struck …
Questions after death on bike path Montreal Gazette - Apr 20, 2011 A 17-year-old high school student was killed by a turning city bus Tuesday morning as he skateboarded along a Plateau Mont Royal bike path. Both the teen and the bus driver had a green light. As Montreal promotes and embraces ecologically-friendly forms of transportation, questions are being raised about how we share our roads and the safety of the city’s network of bicycle paths. …
Building cleaner at our prime minister’s residence allegedly did not pay taxes, she was paid under the table
OTTAWA – A Somali-Canadian single mother who said she was paid under the table to clean the prime minister’s residence skipped a news conference Wednesday where she was set to air her complaints. Zahra Bulle spoke to The Canadian Press the evening before, describing how she had done janitorial work inside 24 Sussex Drive last year. She said she was paid in cash by a contracting company and felt uncomfortable about it http://ca.news.yahoo.com/union-filing-complaints-cleaner-prime-ministers-residence-163936765.html;