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June 3, 2009

CORRUPTED

   
  eHEALTH
 
 
 
 
TORONTO — A former aide to Premier Dalton McGuinty is among the highly paid consultants who benefited from an untendered contract with eHealth Ontario, a provincial agency mired in a spending scandal. Billing records show that Karli Farrow, a former adviser to McGuinty who works for the Courtyard Group, was paid $10,646 for 32.5 hours of work in January as a consultant to eHealth.  Her tasks included corresponding about eHealth “priorities” with Don Guy, the premier’s former chief of staff who is now president and CEO of polling firm Pollara. Guy told the Toronto Star that neither he nor his firm did any work for eHeath, and while he received a letter from Farrow, he received no compensation for his advice. http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20090611/aide_ehealth_090611/20090611/?hub=TorontoNewHome
  
and the Ontario Liberals sink deeper and deeper into the cess pool.. and lower and lower in the public opinion polls too  FOR ALL KINDS OF REASONS NOW TOO..
 
 eHealth spending mess deepens Toronto Star – Vince Talotta –  Sarah Kramer received a bonus of $114000 five months after starting her job as eHealth CEO. EHealth Ontario awarded $11 million more in untendered contracts than previously revealed, new documents show.
  
 
 GOVERNMENT CONSULTANTS THESE DAYS, IMMIGRANT CONSULTANTS, RCMP, MINISTERS TOO  IT SEEMS , SEEM TO BE ANOTHER WORD FOR MISFITS, OR  LIARS, OR THIEVES, CROOKS. 
 
 
AN ALBERTA  GOVERNMENT SCREWS UP AND IT LIKE THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT WANTS NEXT MORE MONEY TOO?  FIRE THE BAD MINISTERS, CIVIL SERVANTS FIRST, ALL OF THEM.
 
Alberta asks Ottawa for stabilization funding Alberta Finance Minister Iris Evans said officials in her department … believes it’s important Alberta lobby Ottawa on health funding.  

 EX ALBERTAN HEALTH MINISTER  Mr. Gary Marr, who is now posted as Alberta’s Minister-Counsellor   in Washington DC. Mr. Marr has held many positions in Alberta’s cabinet including heath minister, environment minister and education minister. Mr. Gary Marr now HAD  RESIGNED AS HEALTH MINISTER CAUSE WHILE HE TOOK HIS PAY FOR BEING A HEALTH MINISTER HE HAD ALSO HIRED AT AN EXTRA  PAY A  CONSULTANT TO DO THE ACTUAL WORK, TO DO THE WORK THAT HE WAS BEING PAID FOR. AND  WE ALL KNOW WHAT A MESS ALBERTA’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS IN EVEN NOW. SO AS A REWARD BAD BAD MARR NOW HAS A GOVERNMENT PAYING JOB IN WASHIBGTON DC. UNBELIVEABLE.  

When the Alberta government    dropped “The Alberta Advantage” as the provincial motto after 15 years of service, replacing it with the more lyrical, if wordier, “Freedom to create, spirit to achieve,” IT WAS ALSO DUE TO THE VERY  BAD MINISTERS IN ALBERTA LIKE GARY MARR. ALBERTA NOW IS Facing plans for more than $10.3-billion in deficits over four years, AND IS PONDERING TAX INCREASES.  ONTARIO NOW AS WELL FOR ONTARIO ALSO HAS  BAD MINISTERS, A BAD  MINISTER OF HEALTH TOO ..
  
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TORONTO — At least one eHealth Ontario consultant has paid back questionable expenses to the agency in a spending uproar that has Premier Dalton McGuinty ordering an across-the-board review of how private sector contractors get paid for public work. “To the best of my knowledge, the rules that are in place have not been broken but I think what it calls for is maybe a revamping of those rules that control private-sector spending of public dollars,” McGuinty said. “I think we’ve done a fairly good job through the government itself … to be very careful when it comes to spending public money. But now we’ve got to take it a step further — we’ve got to ensure that when we retain the private sector to spend public money that they’re just as careful as we have been in the public sector.” PC Leader Bob Runciman said his members will call today for Health Minister David Caplan and eHealth Ontario chairman Dr. Alan Hudson to appear before a government committee to explain the expenditures. “Spending $27,000 for a cocktail party in Quebec City — I mean, it’s just outrageous,” Runciman said of one eHealth expense. “David Dingwall (former Royal Canadian Mint boss) would be proud of the way this government is operating and its agencies are operating. They clearly believe they’re entitled to their entitlements, taxpayer be damned.”  Runciman has repeatedly raised the issue of cocktails billed by one high-priced consultant at eHealth.  Allaudin Merali, an Alberta consultant who charges eHealth $2,700 a day for his services and receives a $75 per diem to cover his daily out-of-pocket costs, initially hit taxpayers for a nightly class of wine during a stay at the Royal York last November.  A spokesman for eHealth Ontario said yesterday Merali, who is the senior vice-president of corporate services with the agency, repaid the booze bill in April. Merali reduced his May invoice by $1,000 as a precautionary measure, the spokesman said.  Opposition parties have mounted a furious attack over eHeath’s spending, demanding the resignations of both CEO Sarah Kramer and Caplan.  Kramer was brought in after the Liberal government demolished Smart Systems for Health Agency, which had made little headway in building an electronic health record system despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars.  The government has been pleased with the progress Kramer has made on the file since she started in November 2008 but Caplan said yesterday that is now being overshadowed by revelations about the expense accounts.  Caplan said he’s asked the auditor general to speed up his investigation of eHealth and SSHA, originally due in December and has also ordered auditing firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers to look into how eHealth is running itself. That’s something PWC already did in January, finding nothing wrong. This time, though, a health ministry auditor will oversee the work. 
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2009/06/03/9659861-sun.html
 
  YES I DO TRUST THE EXECUTIVES OF PriceWaterhouseCoopers especially after two accounting executives in Calgary had asked for  2 free computers to be delivered to their homes to facilitate more computer purchases  as I  had witnessed firsthand..
 
FOR A DECADE TOO I HAVE MADE IT VERY CLEAR RIGHTFULLY TO ALL NEWS EDITORS, ELECTED POLITICIANS AT THE FEDERAL, PROVINCIAL, MUNICIPAL LEVEL THAT NOT ONE CENT OF TAXPAYER’S MONEY SHOULD BE USED TO BUY ALCOHOL ENTERTAINMENT, EVEN BECAUSE 45 PERCENT OF ALL VEHICULAR ACCIDENTS ARE CAUSED BY  ALCOHOL, DRUNK DRIVERS, 65 PERCENT OF ALL CRIMES, DOMESTIC ABUSES NOW TOO.. ADDING TO THE OVERALL HEALTH CARE COSTS TOO. 
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/02/19/the-time-has-come-to-end-glamourising-alcohol-sponsorship/
  
Personal ties exposed in eHealth’s untendered contracts CBC.ca – Executives at two companies awarded untendered contracts from eHealth Ontario had close personal connections to the CEO and board chairman, CBC News has learned.   
 
and  speaking of patronage hiring, hiring  friends like Stephen Harper often does..    I had often already written about that before too.. bad practice for you cannot fire easily  incompetent friends still generally  most managers are racists too and they  will not hire a person with a non Canadian name, or a French Canadian  name in the West,,  or an English name in Quebec.. Most managers hire friends or friends of friends, and will not tend to hire a new, unknown person in reality too. So if you are looking for a job and have no friends? good luck.. Oriental guys like to hire pretty white chicks though.   https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/06/03/harpers-patronage-hirings-alcoholics/

 
eHealth chiefs gave $2M deals to associates Toronto Star –  Sarah Kramer is head of eHealth Ontario, which was established in 2008 to develop electronic health records for the province. (March 4, 2009) At least $2 million in untendered contracts were awarded by eHealth Ontario to long-time associates of agency …
 
Critics lash out at government over eHealth spending CTV.ca
Tories, NDP say heads must roll at eHealth Ontario over untendered … The Canadian Press
CBC.ca – Welland Tribune – Toronto Sun
 
I WROTE OFTEN ABOUT THIS BEFORE, COMPUTER PURCHASE PRACTICES ARE ONE OF THE MOST CORRUPTED RIDDEN PRACTICES.. AND I WAS ALSO STILL SURPRISED MORE SUCH REVELATIONS HAVE NOT BEEN FORTHCOMING IN THE LAST 3 DECADES NOW TOO.. OR IN FACT ABOUT THE REST OF THE CORRUPTED HOSPITAL PROCUREMENT PRACTICE IN ALL PROVINCES..
 
WE ALL ALREADY KNOW THE RCMP IS TOO INCOMPETENT TO HANDLE SUCH REVIEWS, FOR THEY ARE VERY LIKELY CORRUPTED THEMSELVES EVEN IN THESE MATTERS TOO..
 
Consultants nickel-and-dimed taxpayers Toronto Star – Muffin, $1.39: One of the items billed by eHealth Ontario senior vice-president Donna Strating, according to documents obtained by the Progressive Conservative party through freedom of information.    

 EHealth Ontario hires consultants to review hiring of consultants The Canadian Press     FUNNY THIS IS FUNNY
TORONTO – An outside review of spending habits and expense abuses at the Ontario agency tasked with creating electronic health records is “a joke,” the opposition parties charged Tuesday as they again demanded Health Minister David Caplan’s resignation. The Liberal government set up eHealth Ontario last fall after the first agency appointed to create electronic health records spent about $650 million and failed to produce anything of substance.  EHealth has come under fire for doling out $5 million in untendered contracts in just a few months and for hiring consultants at up to $300 an hour. Some billed taxpayers extra for such things as a cup of tea or a biscuit at Tim Hortons.  PriceWaterhouseCoopers was paid $27,000 in January for a report on eHealth, which found the agency’s spending practices were appropriate. Caplan has announced the same firm will now do another review of procurement and expenses at the provincial agency. “Appointing a firm of consultants to decide if consultants are being paid the right amount is laughable at best and a very sad state of where we are at,” said NDP critic France Gelinas. “It makes no sense to have an outside consultant decide how much consultants should be paid.” The Progressive Conservatives said the latest PriceWaterhouseCoopers review is “a sham” aimed at hiding what’s really happening at eHealth Ontario.  “This review is nothing more than a punch-line for a terrible joke,” said interim Opposition Leader Bob Runciman. “It’s designed to detract attention from the fact that the McGuinty Liberals have looked the other way while eHealth continues to ignore, bend and twist the rules on the taxpayer’s dime.” Caplan admitted he was concerned about some of the reports coming out about eHealth, but said the agency’s work is too important to let it be derailed by concerns over spending habits and expense abuses.  He vowed the scope of the second review would be more in depth, and would be backed up by an investigation by Ontario auditor general Jim McCarter. “It is much broader than anything they have looked at before,” Caplan told reporters. “We’ve asked them to look at the management practices and at the financial controls.” 
 

Another untendered contract surfaces at embattled eHealth Ontario CBC.ca –   The list of untendered contracts awarded by eHealth Ontario continues to grow, with information received by CBC News revealing yet another contract that was never open to competitive bids. Since eHealth arose from the ashes of the embattled Smart Systems for Health Agency last September, the new level of senior VP has been added to the organizational structure. Two individuals recently hired to senior vice-president posts are earning more than $700,000 a year, putting them among some of the highest paid civil servants in Ontario. 3 consultants exit

CBC News has also learned that three high-priced consultants have left eHealth since the controversy broke last Wednesday. They were given notice last Friday that their services were no longer needed, eHealth spokeswoman Deanna Allen said.

The consultants were:

An executive assistant from Courtyard Group who was earning about $1,700 a day;

Donna Kline, a consultant who earned about $192,000 in a five-month period and was working as senior vice-president of communications.

Chris Dingman, whose company Strategy Works Inc., received a $162,000 untendered contract from the agency to “provide leadership for organizational change.”

This latest information comes on the heels of news revealed by CBC News of personal connections between top eHealth officials and executives at two companies awarded more than $3.3 million in untendered contracts.

When applying for the eHealth CEO post, Kramer’s resume listed an Accenture Inc. executive, whose wife was a childhood friend, as a personal reference. 

Accenture was awarded three sole-sourced contracts worth $1.3 million, two when Kramer was not yet hired but advising the board of directors and the third a couple months after she took office on Nov. 3, 2008.

Also in question are ties between the board of directors chairman Dr. Alan Hudson and a consulting firm that was granted about $2 million in untendered contracts.

Sources describe Hudson as an old colleague and mentor to Courtyard Group’s founding partner Michael Guerriere. Courtyard received contracts from Cancer Care Ontario when Hudson was head of that agency.

Courtyard was awarded a $915,000 untendered contract in October 2008 when the board, with Hudson at its helm, apparently held the agency’s purse strings, and later got $1 million in contracts under Kramer. 

Another $14M emerges in untendered eHealth contracts Canada.com – TORONTO – The spending scandal at eHealth Ontario widened Wednesday, as new documents emerged showing the value of untendered consulting contracts – some of them to friends and associates of senior agency officials – is close to $19 million, … 

 

Former eHealth Ontario CEO, board members travel in style on … The Canadian Press –  TORONTO – The ousted CEO of scandal-plagued eHealth Ontario liked to travel in style on the taxpayers’ dime, billing repeatedly for limousine rides, while members of the agency’s board were reimbursed for flights from as far away as Florida to attend … 

New details emerge on eHealth consultant spending CTV.ca

all 98 news articles »
  

Liberals change tune on eHealth bonus Toronto Star – ‎Jun 6, 2009‎ The fate of embattled eHealth Ontario CEO Sarah Kramer is unclear after new revelations about her six-figure bonus were heaped atop days of controversy over rich consultancy fees, executive perks and untendered contracts. EHealth was established in 2008 to develop electronic health records for all Ontarians by 2015. Smart Systems for Health, spent about $650 million but failed to produce anything of value before it was quietly shut down. This week the Star reported: eHealth Ontario paid a consultant who submitted an invoice for eight hours of work in which she said she consulted herself, then followed up with questions for herself. Agency spokeswoman Deanna Allen said the bill contained a typo and that the consultant had consulted and followed up with a colleague, but acknowledged the invoice had been paid as filed.

At least $2 million in untendered contracts were awarded by eHealth to long-time associates of agency chair Dr. Alan Hudson and CEO Kramer, according to Progressive Conservative MPPs. Allen said the eHealth board, not Hudson, awarded contracts before Kramer’s arrival.

An eHealth consultant billed for tea and a dessert square while earning $2,700 a day.

Another consultant being paid $2,750 a day collected $75 a day for expenses. He has flown home to Edmonton 31 times in five months at a cost of nearly $21,000.

Another untendered contract surfaces at embattled eHealth Ontario CBC.ca

all 133 news articles »
   
Finally…………………..

eHealth head fired amid contract controversy    The government of Premier Dalton McGuinty announced Sunday, June 7, 2009 that it was revoking Sarah Kramer’s appointment as president of eHealth Ontario, a provincial agency  …   eHealth Ontario president and CEO Sarah Kramer — who made headlines last week when the progressive Conservative opposition raised allegations of gross overspending at the provincial agency — was fired Sunday by David Caplan, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Caplan’s decision to fire Kramer has done little to assuage the opposition. “A so-called resignation on a Sunday afternoon that is clearly designed to avoid public scrutiny is simply not acceptable,” said Opposition Leader Bob Runciman in a statement on Sunday.  Last week, information obtained from a Freedom of Information request by Conservative researchers revealed eHealth spent $5 million in untendered contracts in only four months, from its inception in late September 2008 to January 2009. The contracts revealed a tangle of relationships between many senior eHealth officials, including Kramer, Hudson and their former colleagues and associates.  “The culture of entitlement within the leadership of eHealth, it’s something I’ve never seen in health care before,” said New Democrat France Gelinas last week.

eHealth CEO dumped Toronto Sun

President of eHealth Steps Down 580 CFRA Radio

all 87 news articles »
  

Give the people control of online health records Ottawa Citizen –   June 12, 2009Comments (1) Privacy issues, not untendered contracts should be the greatest worry for Ontarians when it comes to eHealth.

Dumb and dumber Toronto Sun

 
 
“I think in fairness to Dr. Hudson, who is a medical expert and understands how to drive change within the health care system, we should have had more oversight in place,” McGuinty said. “We should have had a greater understanding of what was happening on the ground and providing ongoing advice even though this was an arms-length agency.”  http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2009/06/11/9759611-sun.html
 
 
Almost since my first job after graduating from university I had learned that people are not to be trusted, need to be supervised, and corruption still exists in construction, universities, municipalities, governments, corporations, amongst professionals and politicians as well.
 
Here still  is what I cannot understand about the federal job creation programs carried out under both the liberal and conservative governments, is the necessity it seems to give money firstly to the municipalities, as though they have a direct effect on voters.. Nothing can be farther from the truth for  neither the police themselves, nor the municipalities have a significant vote as to how the citizens will vote on election days. The only group  that can likely have any effect on the voters are pastors, and priests in fact.
 
 Here is what I know for sure in Canada proper policing, management ,  supervision  human rights commissions are a real fact of life, society, in schools, life,  in churches, governments, commerce, institutions, civil and public services, professional services too,  and elsewhere, even on the net,  for you will always have those 30 percent at least of the persons who will try to cheat, lie  , steal, bend the rules, falsely believe they are above the laws, Self  regulation alone is too often pretentious, farcical, often not applied as well. That applies especially to the professionals, civil and public services, police, municipalities, politicians now as well..
 

Now as I was reflecting about my many past posts on the net  in the last few years I was really saddened to note that too many of them were about bad , greedy people trying to steal , trying to get other people’s money for themselves, stealing the money, or getting  it under false pretences. The love of more money is still the basis of what many of the wrong doings is, was all about..(Eccl 8:11 KJV)  Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

APPROPRIATE  PUBLIC EXPOSURE AND THE APPROPRIATE PROSECUTION OF THE GUILTY SERVES EVERYONE’S BEST INTEREST
  
FOR A GOOD NAME IS WORTH MUCH MORE THAN ANY AMOUNT OF SILVER OR GOLD AND A TARNISHED ONE IS WORTHLESS.
   
Alan Hudson out as eHealth chair after spending scandal reaches premier’s office Wed Jun 17, 8:10 PM  TORONTO – Another top official at eHealth Ontario is out.
 
Almost since my first job after graduating from university I had learned that people are not to be trusted, need to be supervised, and corruption still exists in construction, universities, municipalities, governments, corporations, amongst professionals and politicians as well.
 
Here still  is what I cannot understand about the federal job creation programs carried out under both the liberal and conservative governments, is the necessity it seems to give money firstly to the municipalities, as though they have a direct effect on voters.. Nothing can be farther from the truth for  neither the police themselves, nor the municipalities have a significant vote as to how the citizens will vote on election days. The only group  that can likely have any effect on the voters are pastors, and priests in fact.
 
 Here is what I know for sure in Canada proper policing, management ,  supervision  human rights commissions are a real fact of life, society, in schools, life,  in churches, governments, commerce, institutions, civil and public services, professional services too,  and elsewhere, even on the net,  for you will always have those 30 percent at least of the persons who will try to cheat, lie  , steal, bend the rules, falsely believe they are above the laws, Self  regulation alone is too often pretentious, farcical, often not applied as well. That applies especially to the professionals, civil and public services, police, municipalities, politicians now as well..
 
Now as I was reflecting about my many ast posts on the net  in the last few years I was really saddened to note that too many of them were about bad , greedy people trying to steal , trying to get other people’s money for themselves, stealing the money, or getting  it under false pretences. The love of more money is still the basis of what many of the wrong doings is, was all about..(Eccl 8:11 KJV)  Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
APPROPRIATE  PUBLIC EXPOSURE AND THE APPROPRIATE PROSECUTION OF THE GUILTY SERVES EVERYONE’S BEST INTEREST
  
FOR A GOOD NAME IS WORTH MUCH MORE THAN ANY AMOUNT OF SILVER OR GOLD AND A TARNISHED ONE IS WORTHLESS.
  
Alan Hudson out as eHealth chair after spending scandal reaches premier’s office Wed Jun 17, 8:10 PM  TORONTO – Another top official at eHealth Ontario is out.
 
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LOTTO 649 RIGGED OR RANDOM results?
 
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So you really want me to believe that IN HALF OF THE random LOTTO 649 Draws I would now GET CONSECUTIVE NUMBERS? OR in reality mostly UNSEQUENTIAL ONES    
 
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES THAT IN 8 DRAWS PER MONTH OF LOTTO 649 THAT THE DRAWS WOULD YIELD 4 RESULTS OF TWO CONSECUTIVE NUMBERS, AND ONE RESULT OF 2 PAIR OF CONSECUTIVE NUMBERS  OVER  NOW GETTING ALL NON CONSECUTIVE NUMBERS.
 
AND ALSO WHAT ABOUT THE REMOVAL OF NUMBERS? DOES LOTTO 649 REMOVE NUMBERS FOR A DRAW? 
 
IF YOU BUY ONE TICKET YOU WILL NOT NOTICE  IT, IF YOU BUY SIX TICKETS AND INSURE THAT THE NUMBERS 1 TO 49 ARE INCLUDED YOU WILL SEE THE MISSING NUMBERS AS I HAVE 4 TIMES IN THE LAST MONTH GENERAL TEN NUMBERS.  
 
REALITY: THERE ARE TOO MANY CROOKS IN THIS WORLD
  
 LOTTO 649 CAN TELL THE COMPUTER TO PICK CONSECUTIVE NUMBERS BECAUSE I KNOW THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD NOT PICK A PAIR OF CONSECUTIVE NUMBERS THUS DECREASING ANYONE’S  CHANCE OF WINNING AND EXPLAINS WHY NO ONE WON THE LAST DRAW DUE TO THIS.
 
– MOST PEOPLE that I had talked too IN FACT   AGREE WITH ME THAT THIS IS REALLY UNFAIR OF LOTTO 649

 

Lotto 649 just stole 12 million dollars  for their draws are not random but rigged? the latest draw has 2 pairs of consecutive numbers, 05, 06 and 38,39 which is statistically unlikley, or improbable?  to build up the jack pot, and all this is not a first time but a regular occurrence.. all done  to steal more money hopingly next and the perverse consumer affairs ministers allow it, why? clearly  their government likely steal from others as well.. http://diffusion.loto-quebec.com/sw3/res/asp/index.asp?l=1
 
 
I HAD USED A COMPUTER PROGRAM TO SELECT THE NUMBERS AND IT NEXT    ON MANY TRIES IT DID NOT GIVE ME CONSECUTIVE NUMBERS IN FACT
 
IT IS CAUSE I HAVE ALSO FOUND ANOTHER  COMPUTER PROGRAM ON THE NET THAT SELECTS NUMBERS AND GIVES YOU AN OPTION TO REMOVE CERTAIN NUMBERS AND TO CHOOSE Specifically CONSECUTIVE NUMBERS
 
 
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