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March 5, 2010

HANDLING MONEY CORRUPTS PUBLIC AND CIVIL SERVANTS, EVEN DOCTORS

 

Corruption charges laid against three linked to e-health project – criminal corruption charges have now been  against three people connected to the province’s drive to adopt electronic health records. A total of 16 counts, including influence peddling, breach of trust and fraud, were filed yesterday against a former assistant deputy minister of health, Ronald John Danderfer, as well as consultant Dr. Jonathan Alan Burns and former health authority manager James Roy Taylor. Mr. Danderfer is alleged to have demanded or agreed to accept benefits in connection with his handling of government contracts to Dr. Burns and his company. Those rewards, according to the information sworn by RCMP, included accommodation at a Kelowna condominium, employment income for his spouse and after-retirement income. Mr. Taylor, who was an IT manager for a government agency, Fraser Health Authority, is alleged to have committed fraud or breach of trust in the handling of contracts to Dr. Burns in exchange for benefits or the offer of benefits, including employment income for his spouse. The e-health system aims to create electronic health records so patients’ information can be shared between health-care providers right across the country. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/corruption-charges-laid-against-three-linked-to-e-health-project/article1490574/

It seems a common unacceptable fact at the federal, provincial, municipal that where money is  involved not excluding  contracts, purchasing there is the ongoing temptation to steal some of it Canada wide, not just in BC , Ontario, Quebec.. even in Hospitals, Universities now too.. Public exposure and prosecution of the guilty serves everyone’s best interest  https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/10/11/in-bc-also-demand-resignations-terminations/

The issue of proper management of our HEALTH SERVICES and not just taxes and tax increases are  some  of the most important facing Canadians. But still governments too often spend our public money  for those who need them the least and tax cuts for those who need them least. Tax cuts by Liberal and Conservative governments of the last 10 years have falsely even gutted federal  social programs, universal child care and legal aid as well. More and more people I talk to agree with me that there are now much to many indifferent doctors and nurses, social welfare workers now too who all  need to be held criminally responsible for their false, past neglect, abuse  of their patients, people in their care  in reality. I agree. I rightfully do now demand it.
  
 
  
 
More Corruptions
 

2 employees of Regina jail arrested in drug-trafficking investigation  The Canadian Press –  REGINA – Two provincial corrections workers and an inmate at a Regina jail have been arrested after a drug-trafficking investigation. Police said their drug unit has been investigating the trafficking of narcotics to inmates at the facility since last year. Charges are pending and the investigation is continuing after search warrants were executed in and around Regina.
 
BC man beaten by cops in mistaken-identity case sues  Globe and Mail –   Yao Wei Wu poses for a photograph outside his home in Vancouver, BC, on Friday January 22, 2010, where he was allegedly assaulted by police officers.
 
About time now too
 
MADD predicts BC to lower impaired driving threshold to .05 from .08. The Canadian Press –   VICTORIA, B.C. – B.C.’s solicitor general says the province will move to get more drunks off the road with legislation that includes immediate sanctions against impaired drivers.
 
 
 
Transport Minister Julie Boulet is the third minister in the Charest government subject to a “verification” by the chief electoral officer, after suggesting that companies are financing the Quebec Liberal Party. Boulet, like Education Minister Michelle Courchesne and Norman MacMillan, the junior transport minister, said the Quebec Liberal Party does accept financial contributions from companies. Québécois leader Pauline Marois called for an investigation into how the Liberals raise campaign money when she heard the news about Boulet. “One slip of the tongue is okay, two slips is okay, three slips, it starts to get worrisome,” Marois said. “It’s against the law.” Quebec’s 1977 party financing law established the principle that only Quebec voters may give to a political party, setting the maximum contribution at $3,000. That means companies, unions or people living outside the province may not give to Quebec parties. http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Boulet+eyed+electoral+officer/2614662/story.html
 

October 11, 2009

in BC also demand resignations, terminations

logo-bc-liarsWE READ ABOUT IT IN ONTARIO AND NOW NEXT IN BC ALSO HEALTH CONSULTANTS CORRUPTIONS, WHITE COLLARED CRIMES..
 https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/liberals-politicians-do-lie-too/
 
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Dr. Jonathan Burns, head of Pixalere Health Care,  in RCMP probe gets $320,000 annually. The RCMP alleges that Burns bribed two provincial health-care bureaucrats in the process of getting the Pixalere adopted for use. The RCMP also allege former Fraser Health Authority manager James Roy Taylor allowed Burns to fraudulently submit more than $500,000 in invoices while the Pixalere was being tested, in return for a $70,000-a-year job for Taylor’s wife and free use of the Kelowna condo. There is nothing lower than a corrupt public official. Insider information, Unfair and restrictive trade practices, double billing and much more…There is corruption at every level of government where money is involved. The citizens get told their health care must be cut and meanwhile the executives are busy lining their pockets. He and his insider chums should be sued, if necesssary, to recover all the monies they have skimmed from this province over the years. I don’t believe that any senior B.C. government bureaucrat necessarily knows even the meaning of the word “ethics”, Dr. Burns certainly should. .
 
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 It’s time to pry off the greedy fingers off what is left in BC and demand some resignations! The fact that this creep was hired after already being found guilty of fraud is disgusting!  It only shows how corrupt those in control really are.  And that would include the Campbell government.   “two years’ night-time house arrest for fraudulently pocketing more than $40,000 while president of the White Rock Sea Festival” …so this thief steals $40,000 and then is “punished” by having to sleep in his own bed at night… these health boards are nothing but high paying jobs for the liberals friends. we don’t need them.
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/10/09/bc-rcmp-investigation-burns-danderfer.html
 
 
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All of this is just the tip of the icebergs, it seems when it comes to computer vendors, computer consultants the mostly immoral persons surface, and get the jobs Canada wide as well, Ontario included now,  and for decades in the federal, provincial, municipal  levels now too.. 0CANADA.MEDICARE (6)

By the way the government of British Columbia, Canada   is already well known for not caring about the poor people, the citizens good welfare or legal, human rights.. they seem to be self centered, selfish  and crappy.
 
No one in BC for sure voted for now the poorer health care or health care cuts.. destructive  measures that hurt patients, increase long-term costs and ignore the important real health issues. including now fewer surgeries and diagnostic tests, cuts to care for seniors and the addicted, reduced community programs — it’s a list of measures that reduce the level of care in the region. The people now had voted in May without knowing next the negative effects of Liberal policies.,  by the Campbell government to limit health-care funding; for these the consequences were never made mentioned at all in the recent pas  election campaign. On the the contrary. Premier Gordon Campbell promised that despite financial pressures, core services like health would be protected. These  cuts to services. That’s another  Liberal promise — an important one — broken. The health authority is also cutting grants to community organizations that deliver front-line services.  It was  dishonest for the government have promised to protect services during the election campaign.  http://www.timescolonist.com/health/Paul+Willcocks+voted+poorer+health+care/2109932/story.html

 
We read continually in the news how pretentious government ministers do a bad job of managing the health care system, as well as the pretentious Hospital managers now as well. For a few years I was not getting enough looking after from the local Quebec medical establishment, while they were busy charging with their services with my health card. So I next had merely informed my main doctor that I was writing a report to the federal and provincial health minister of how I was being treated by him, and well next the doctor started to take his work seriously and to give me adequate care..
 
 
 

October 7, 2009

A very sick Ontario EHealth scandal

 

  EHealth scandal a $1B waste:   

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 We all do  pay high  taxes and also high prices for fuel, food, transportation. services, phones, internet, cable  but also do still receive poor health care and high costs education  and all of this is unacceptable.
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 Opposition calls for Smitherman’s head. Ontario’s opposition parties called Wednesday for the resignation of Energy Minister George Smitherman, saying he must be held accountable for his role in the expense scandal at eHealth Ontario , report slammed the government for allowing eHealth to waste millions on unused computer systems and give out millions more in untendered contracts to consultants. Some of those contracts were doled out when Smitherman was health minister from 2003 to 2008. “The auditor general’s report makes it quite clear that many of the biggest abuses of taxpayers’ money occurred under the watch of minister George Smitherman,” Hudak told reporters. “And George Smitherman has escaped any sanction or any scrutiny by the premier for his role in this affair.”A scathing report into the eHealth Ontario spending scandal has claimed the job of the province’s health minister with its charges that successive governments wasted $1 billion in taxpayer money. Health Minister David Caplan is stepping down because of the report. Children and Youth Services Minister Deb Matthews would take over the health portfolio. The report is damning in its criticism of the way governments have allowed eHealth and its predecessor, Smart Systems for Health, to let spending go out of control with few safeguards to protect tax dollars. And favouritism was shown toward certain companies “without giving other firms a chance to compete were largely true.”
 
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The Ontario people have been robbed by their elected representatives for Billions of dollars and that is just wrong. We need to see people serving jail terms for this and we want to see justice. McGuinty had better see this as we will soon be getting to the point of massive civil demonstrations where we will not only call for the removal of people but the laying of the charges under the criminal code. This has got to the point where the voters are being fleeced by the government appointed heads of boards and such , and when huge sums of money are wasted or improperly spent, there should be charges and not just inquiries. Just the money lost could have guaranteed the pensions of many people and the severance of even more. Instead we wasted this money on all sorts of unnecessary spending and expense accounts that these criminal boards were approving for their members. It is time to force the crown attorneys to do their jobs and charge all of those people and sort it all out in the courts and the sentences should be all the maximum allowed by law in the highest security prisons. Who’s going to repay the money? …. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2009/10/07/mcguinty-ehealth.html 
 

McCarter’s probe, which went back to 2000, criticized unnamed consulting companies for driving up each other’s fees to artificially create a higher rate for their services and putting too much power in too few hands in awarding of contracts.

The auditor general also slammed unnamed senior health bureaucrats for thwarting his efforts to get investigators into eHealth for a routine audit in the summer of 2008, which didn’t happen until February 2009.

EHealth expenses

  • Some of the consulting costs incurred at eHealth:
  • $2,700-a-day consultant, charging $3.26 for a muffin and tea.
  • $300-an-hour consultant, charging for reading an article on electronic health records given to her by her husband, another consultant.
  • Two consultants serving as vice-presidents and flown regularly from homes in Alberta.
  • $1,700-a-day executive assistant.
  • Consultants charging to watch an eHealth episode on TVO’s The Agenda and “debriefing” on the Toronto subway.
I hope you’re happy Mr. McGuinty. You have permanently destroyed the Liberal Party in Ontario in a way that is reminiscent of what Bob Rae did to the NDP in Ontario. It will take YEARS for people to forget this. In one fell swoop, you have just handed the Progressive Conservative party the reigns in Ontario for years to come.  Well done, Mr. Premier. Well done. This is just disgusting… a Billion dollars recklessly wasted in this economy? When people are suffering more than ever? This is just sickening. if this was the real world the fraud squad would be called in.  fraud is fraud , prosecute it.
 http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2009/10/07/ehealth-auditor.html
 
 $1 billion spent but little to show in Ont.’s push for electronic health records  TORONTO – Ontario taxpayers have poured $1 billion into an electronic health-record system that’s years away from completion, a mismanaged effort the provincial auditor general said allowed consultants to run amok with little oversight while millions of dollars in untendered contracts went out the door.
  
Ont. gov’t ‘should have known’ about scandal at eHealth, McGuinty says  TORONTO – Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says his government should have known about the eHealth debacle before the scandal surfaced.
 
 
Cancer Care Ontario broke rules: audit. An internal audit of Cancer Care Ontario shows the provincial agency handed out consultant contracts in some of the same questionable ways as eHealth. It gave a consulting firm $18.7 million in deals over two years, some in the form of so-called “follow-on” agreements, a practice that allowed them to be added on to current contracts without being opened to bids. The audit found the number of follow-ons “excessive” — with at least 26 recorded. “The findings of this audit clearly indicate that the procurement processes, file organization and consistency of documentation require substantial improvement,” the audit says. “It is also apparent that required competitive tendering rules have not been consistently applied for all contracts of significant value.”

Other revelations in the documents included:

  • Details of some contracts were ironed out after the deal was done.
  • Contracts without tender accounted for 49 per cent of examined contracts for non-capital goods and non-consulting expenses, such as computer equipment, software and equipment rental.
  • About $1.6-million worth was paid out over 14 invoices to a company with no written contract.  
  • Several employees recruited were offered between $17,000-23,000 over the maximum salary range.
  • CCO employee files were kept in an unlocked cabinet accessible to unauthorized employees.
  • Even though policy forbade paying for parties, Cancer Care paid for two staff picnics, a farewell function and gifts for staff, one holiday party and a baby shower.
I want my money back! Can’t trust the government to be good stewards over the funds they tax from hard working folks, Every dollar to fight cancer is badly needed. To waste a penny is criminal.   this was only the tip of the iceberg and that every department in this government needs to be audited.  It is only common sense, that the rot permeates this government in many departments.. look at filing criminal charges against those in office that are responsible if criminal activity took place. Their personal bank accounts should be frozen and an investigation into whether they have off shore accounts. We are talking billions of dollars here, with no proper accountability. The same should apply to the people who were, and or are, in charge of companies such as eHealth, and Cancer Care Ontario. This list is going to grow. This is more than disturbing. I’m absolutely blown away. A minister resigns? What about the premier? Today’s revelations involve hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars. I’d lose my job for mismanaging 5 grand.   http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2009/10/07/cancer-care-ontario.html
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More than a third of Ontario hospitals didn’t balance their books, figures show The Canadian Press –  hospitals couldn’t balance their books last year, amounting to a $154-million shortfall, newly released figures show. Sixty-one of the province’s 159 public hospitals, or 38 per cent, were in deficit in the last year…  Ontario is behind every other province except British Columbia and Quebec when it comes to hospital funding, according to statistics collected by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. In 2008, Ontario’s funding of hospitals was $1,209 per person, lower than the national average of $1,290.

 

 see  more
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/30/another-gross-act-of-immorality/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/14/transport-canada-stealing-taxpayers-money/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/28/provincial-liberals-no-better-than-the-progressive-conservatives/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/10/07/furor-over-hst/
 
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Many of Ontario’s Crown agencies have forgotten they serve the public – a systemic problem in need of quick attention to prevent further erosion of government services
 
Agencies are horror story: Ombudsman Toronto Sun Government agencies must remember who they serve: Ontario ombudsman Calgary Herald
Hamilton Spectator – The Canadian Press – 580 CFRA Radio – TbNewsWatch.com
        
 It is always the same old problem, Professionals, civil and Public servants, Doctors and medical staff continual indifference to the need of others, 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. Hospital costs savings so the Doctors can get more money, even bad who Doctors fail to define the sicknesses soon enough. Law suits and the related bad publicity have been proven to be one of the most effective weapons in dealing with medical inadequacies.
 https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/hospital-deaths-account-for-half-of-deaths-annually/
  
You know I get a kick out of those lying spin  doctors,    bad PERSONS   who STILL DO say that ALL OF  bad people, INCLUDING the ALCOHOLICS, thetax money abusers and their bad supervisors too they  can always be rehabilitated, retrained.. and how many millions of them now has this happened to them.. almost none.. a bad apple tends to get worse..  permanent dismissal is what is always needed with the bad persons and their clearly bad superiors who had managed and hired them too.. Bad Ministers as well should be fired ASAP.
  
NOW WHY IS IT BAD PEOPLE DO NOT CHANGE NEXT BESIDE THE FACT THEY LIKE TO DO BAD THINGS, IT IS ALSO CAUSE THEY FALSELY  REFUSE TO ADMIT THE THINGS THEY DO ARE BAD.
 

TORONTO — Ontario’s health bureaucracy is facing yet another scandal in the wake of more revelations of spending and procurement abuses. In a special report released Wednesday morning, Auditor-General Jim McCarter outlines numerous problems at hospitals and local health integration networks (LHINs), regional funding agencies created by the Liberal government. McCarter points to the questionable hiring of pricey consultants, many of which were sole-sourced and often not required to justify the work they did. The report details a litany of questionable consulting gigs at hospitals, including one, worth $700,000, that was so vague it didn’t even list a detailed description of services needed. Another hospital completely failed to account for a $170,000 consultant contract, and was unable to produce the initial request for proposal, the names and number of firms invited to bid, the bidders’ proposals or any evaluation criteria used to reward the contract. The same firm was retained for another, $430,000 contract. Another hospital paid $8.3 million to one consulting firm for IT services over the past three fiscal years, including $180,000 the firm charges for each consultant it provides. The auditor’s report also details questionable expense claims by hospital consultants. They include one temporary executive who, despite his $275,000 annual salary, also billed the hospital nearly $150,000 for other consultants and administrative support, $14,000 for salary bonuses, foreign exchange fees and a Christmas luncheon, and numerous expensive hotels (including one, in Chicago, where he paid $500 for hotel phone charges) and lavish meals around the world. McCarter also questioned the use of lobbyists by half the 16 hospitals he audited.   “We questioned the appropriateness of using government funds to pay lobbyists to help obtain more government funding.”Health minister Deb Matthews reacted swiftly to the report, announcing legislation that will ban the use of lobbyists and open hospitals to freedom of information legislation by January 1, 2012.  The auditor-general also found “significant” problems with consultant contracts signed by LHINs The revelations contained in Wednesday’s report are reminiscent of those unearthed last December, when Mr. McCarter detailed spending abuses at eHealth Ontario. That agency, created by the Liberal government, was found to have given millions in sole-sourced contracts to high-priced consultants with few controls and little oversight.“I’m not afraid to say that I’m really sorry this has gone on,” said Matthews. “I don’t think this is acceptable. I don’t think we’ve been as accountable as we ought to have been. We owe it to taxpayers to ensure that every dollar they spend on taxes gets the best possible value.” http://www.nationalpost.com/news/Ontario+Auditor+General+slams+hospital+lobbying/3701093/story.html
 
The same bad Liberals never learned to do things right and honestly the first time even.. allow their consultant sins to go on falsely.
 

August 10, 2009

Interesting reading, comments too, Liberal & Conservative Politicians do lie too

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In my books a bad liberal is unacceptably as bad as a bad Conservative or a bad NDP, BQ.. no difference. Conservative Ministers are not the only one who lie, are not available for interviews, do not practice the accountability they preach too… so do Liberal ones.  The Canadian new Conservative party -wolves in sheep clothing and what about the Liberals?  As posted on the net the truth is that Canadians warming to minority rule: poll and everyone in  Politics these days is sadly still a big liar it seems too.. at the federal and at the provincial levels, they lie to get reelected  and THEY LIE WHEN THEY SAY THEY ARE HERE TO BE RESPONSIBLE TO LOOK AFTER THE GOOD CITIZENS OF CANADA IS BASICALLY THE REASON WE PREFER MINORITY GOVERNMENTS CAUSE WE DO NOT TRUST ANY MAJORITY PARTY. We need to and want to stop electing all liars into any government job, political office, newspapers, news media as well.   
  
Worries about the global economic downturn may be keeping Canadians awake at night and affecting their overall health, suggests a new poll done for the Canadian Medical Association. Economic downturn affecting health of Canadians, says medical association poll but  who realy cares in reality in fact of our political leaders?  Main Parties Deemed Arrogant by Canadians   Angus Reid Global Monitor – https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/08/15/no-1-best-seller/
 
McGuinty’s fib has tarnished his halo  The premier’s office said in his regular weekly itinerary that July 31 was set aside for “private” time. In fact, McGuinty flew to Mexico that day to pitch Toronto’s bid for the 2015 Pan American Games. Four days later, he came clean, announcing that “I travelled to Mexico City at the invitation of President Mario Vazquez Rana of the Pan American Sports Organization to discuss Toronto’s bid.” This lie was not, in the great sweep of political history, up there with “I never had sex with that woman.” Still, it was an intentional deceit of considerable significance to the Legislative Press Gallery.
 
NDP Leader Carole James says as she continues her tour of the province, more and more people are telling her they regret voting Liberal.  “We did a tour of businesses in a food fair in Burnaby and I had business owner call me over to apologize for voting Liberal.  He wanted to tell me he was sorry.”  James’ party says Gordon Campbell’s Liberals lied to the public by announcing the tax plan after they won the election,  http://www.news1130.com/news/local/more.jsp?content=20090816_120539_6732The fact is that people here have good reason to be concerned by the HST. It will add a cost-of-living increase to numerous items that weren’t previously so expensive, and in a region of Canada like Vancouver, that can be devastating to the working class. As Scott Simpson reported in the Vancouver Sun, the HST will directly increase energy costs for customers of Terasen Gas and B.C. Hydro. The average cost for natural gas and electricity will likely jump by a combined total of $12 a month when the HST goes into effect on July 1, 2010.
   
“It’s been two months since the election in British Columbia delivered the Liberals to their third majority government, but already the backlash against them has been significant. In their short time since May 12, they’ve managed to alienate, irritate, and discombobulate residents in this province with their many frustrating unilateral policy moves. Even rather apolitical friends and coworkers have commented on the HST, and what an absolute disgrace it is to implement after giving no indication whatsoever that it was coming before the election. If anything, the Liberals had said that the HST would hurt the province’s ability to control their revenues, and didn’t want to be tied up in their fiscal maneuvers.
 
The Vancouver Chinese community sent a clear message to Gordon Campbell’s Liberal government Saturday — they will not stand for HST.  The controversial Harmonized Sales Tax has been the subject of severe criticism since being announced on July 23. Multicultural broadcaster Fairchild Radio is hosting an online poll on the HST, and more than 99 per cent of the thousands polled have shunned the tax. Some even said they had considered leaving Canada.  http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20090815/bc_chinese_community_090815/20090815/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome
 
Drastic health cuts coming in Vancouver: B.C. NDP CBC News   Monday, August 10, 2009 | 3:08 PM PT  Hospitals and other health facilities across the Lower Mainland could be facing major cuts, according to the B.C. NDP.   The B.C. New Democrats say a document leaked to them reveals the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority plans to cut more than 6,000 surgeries and close a number of emergency rooms to slash costs. The authority plans to reduce neurosurgeries, vascular disease treatments, joint replacements and 11 other specialized areas, according to B.C. NDP health critic Adrian Dix. “We’re certainly not talking about nose jobs and tummy tucks; we’re talking about medically necessary elective surgery,” Dix told a Vancouver news conference Monday. “No one is suggesting that if someone comes into emergency, they’re going to allow them to die, because that would be absurd and illegal, but what we are saying is that the core services provided by the health authority are being cut,” said Dix. Under the proposal, Coastal Health would also close nearly a quarter of its operating rooms from September through March 2010 and eliminate 112 full-time jobs, according to Dix. On July 27, Dix made similar claims, saying documents leaked to his party suggested the province was considering major reductions to the Fraser Health Authority, east of Vancouver, because of a $160-million budget shortfall. 
  
 NDP says health care cuts show BC Liberals lied about protecting health care… The Canadian Press –   VANCOUVER, BC – Former BC health minister George Abbott is lashing back at NDP accusations that the government has broken its election promise to protect health care.  New Democrat health critic Adrian Dix has pointed to cuts proposed or announced by B.C. health authorities as evidence the government was hiding the true state of health care until after last May’s election, which gave the Liberals a third term.  Opposition leader Carole James weighed in Friday, saying Premier Gordon Campbell promised during the election campaign that the Liberals would protect patient services, but the cuts show he did not tell voters the truth. “Now, after the election, British Columbians are faced with dramatically longer wait times and long-term damage to the health care system,” James said. “This is a betrayal of public trust.”see also https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/10/01/let-us-all-stop-electing-liars-or-the-alcoholics/ 

NDP critic and health CEO battle over cuts CBC.ca

  
” This is so Campbell can say that it is not working so he can privatize it. That is the sole purpose of his policies!!” ”   Coastal Health and Fraser Health could save a lot of money by cutting the overblown salaries of their respective CEOs and their administrations.” ” Another idiotic move by Gordon Campbell . It wasn’t long ago he slashed mental health medical treatment for kids and now he’s going after surgeries and hospital jobs . Why was he voted in again after he has already shown his true colours ?”” As long as there is enough money to pay for the Olympics – that is what really matters.” :And look for the liebrals to decide since they can’t provide the services they should, they will give everyone vouchers to use at their friends’ private clinics.  The beds / operating rooms will be closed and the limited number of doctors that we have will be encouraged to look for work at the private clinics.  As we then will not have enough doctors and nurses the liebrals will declare public health care dead (as we aren’t using it either because there are no doctors, etc.) and say “but we’re saving you all this money because we don’t have hospitals to run any longer.” http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/08/10/bc-coastal-health-cuts-dix.html  

That’s $144 extra in taxes that people in B.C. have to pay, and it’s on a single expense only. When you add up all of the expenses that will increase from the HST, it could result in revolt. But don’t expect the government to see it from that point of view. If anything, they argue, the HST will allow businesses to deliver products and services at a lower cost, which will allow them to lower their prices in tandem. But that may just be wishful thinking. Both Terasen Gas and Hydro warned that any savings would “likely not” be sufficient enough to offset the increases that will show up on utility bills.

The truth is that the residents of B.C. will likely not take this latest outrage lying down, or grimacing through clenched teeth as they did when the carbon tax was shoved down our throats. To take a page from Brian Mulroney’s legacy, nothing will do in a politician better than an ill-timed and ill-conceived tax. Certainly the tax will offer new-found riches to the province, but at a terrible political price. This is a price increase that will be seen and felt by everyone in the province, with 12% in taxes being taken off everything from restaurants to new houses. How many people are going to want to leave a 15% gratuity for their waitress, after they just tipped the government 12%? Worse still, how many people are going to want to eat out at all?

An Ipsos Reid poll shows that 85% of B.C. residents oppose the tax, with 70% being “strongly opposed”. The winners in this scenario are clear: the provincial government will get greater revenues than before, and a one-off $1.6 billion gift from Ottawa for “harmonizing”. Big business will, according to Finance Minister Colin Hansen, pay $1.9 billion less in taxes because they will be able to claim back the tax they pay. But where is the “win” for the people? The working class struggling to make ends meet in a recession? The frightening thing is that British Columbians are already “taxed to the max” as it is, without adding more weight to our backs.

Of course there is one way out of this. And the rage might just be strong enough to make it happen. A recall campaign gaining 40% of the signatures of registered voters to end the Liberals legislative majority may be possible. The downside to this idea, however, is that under B.C. Elections laws, any recall cannot start until 18 months after the election, which would be November 2010, four months after the HST goes into effect. Then again, four months into experiencing the HST first-hand might be just what’s needed to turf Gordon Campbell and his Liberal government out. Until then, the Liberals might want to try not doing anything else to enrage the people of this province, because the load of straw on that camels back is getting mighty heavy indeed.  “http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/08/16/raphael-alexander-teflon-and-the-b-c-liberal-party.aspx

Don’t blame authority, blame Liberal gov’t The Province –  You had to feel sorry Thursday afternoon for the citizens who turned out for a rare public Fraser Health Authority board of directors meeting to express their concerns over the region’s increasingly …

Fraser Health Authority slashes services Globe and Mail

   

B.C. Liberals down, NDP up in poll, Among the respondents, 38 per cent said they would vote for the B.C. Liberals, down eight per cent from the May 12 election. Support for the B.C. NDP was 46 per cent, up four per cent from the 

=All I can think of to say at this point is that I sure wish the election was coming next week.
=Shame on them and anyone that voted Liberal.
 =We need to recall Gordon Campbell and his “Liberals”.
 =What is it with B.C. that we can’t scare up some decent politicians to run the province? Oh wait. It isn’t just B.C., it’s the whole damn country!
=Thats because all the Lieberals can do is lie lie lie lie to the public.
=And they don’t give a crap about the taxpayer.”
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/08/27/bc-mustel-poll-politics.html

see also https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/07/20/bc-liberals/

 
 The clearly dishonest Ontario  Liberal provincial government seems not to be any better than the bad BC Liberal government now as well.  It also seems to be hoping that while many are on summer holidays the issues will slip by unnoticed again too.   The Ontario  Liberal provincial government had quietly cancelled the promised review and next when caught   admitted it had cancelled the review but firstly still it had never told the others, the opposition parties that.  This big Ontario eHealth taxpayer’s money waste scandal overall where the governing Liberals were clearly and wrongfully now supposedly using the funds to support financially their own favorites is embarrassing to them so of course they want to hide it, cover it up or do away with it. Why isn’t Ontario eHealth Sarah Kramer and the others not  being charged with fraud, theft, absue of her position, infleunce peddling etc.? From what I can see she clearly was abusing her position of power to enrich both herself and her liberal friends too, isn’t that crimminal, fraud? ” He lied to get elected. If you read the Globe and Mail story it is clear that he has lied about this appointment. How many times will people in Ontario let this man lie to them?!?”  ” This story makes me so mad, along with McGuinty’s proposed HST this government has totally let us down. He should be thrown in Jail this whole government has just been a total fraud!” ” Whoever appointed McGuinty should be fired too!!  Bind leading the blind!!!”  ”  Are we expected to believe a guy who has continuously lied? This foolish lier has to go next election. ” ” It’s high time that McGuinty and Caplan took full responsibility for this fiasco.  Either you deal with it now or we the voters will deal with it at the next election.  This won’t be allowed to wither and die.   “http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2009/08/12/mcguinty-ehealth.html#socialcomments

see also https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/06/03/corupted/  

 

Former eHealth Ontario chief executive officer Sarah Kramer landed the top job at the troubled agency after Premier Dalton McGuinty directly intervened in her appointment, over the objections of some of his own civil servants. Ms. Kramer abruptly resigned from eHealth Ontario in June, amid scandal over lucrative contracts awarded without competitive tenders and nickel-and-dime spending by consultants. It became one of the most politically damaging episodes of the McGuinty government’s 5 1/2 years in power.  Senior officials in the Ministry of Health had opposed the selection of Ms. Kramer because they felt she did not have enough experience to oversee the daunting task of modernizing the province’s medical records, one of the government’s top priorities, according to sources close to the situation.  Any obstacle to Ms. Kramer assuming her new duties disappeared the day she met face to face with Mr. McGuinty in his Queen’s Park office, documents show.  Ms. Kramer did not have to go through the normal channels government agencies use to find a chief executive officer. And Mr. McGuinty was directly involved in her hiring, according to sources close to the situation. The board of directors of a government agency typically appoints the top executive, following a competitive search that identifies a short list of candidates. But Ms. Kramer did not have to compete against others, and she was appointed directly by the premier through an order in council.  Her appointment was requested by Dr. Hudson, a neurosurgeon and former hospital president renowned for fixing problems in health care, and Mr. McGuinty’s hand-picked choice for chairman of eHealth Ontario.  Dr. Hudson told the Premier he would take the job on one condition: if he could hire his protégé as chief executive officer, according to the sources. Dr. Hudson had worked with Ms. Kramer at Cancer Care Ontario, where he was president and she was the chief information officer. He was under enormous pressure to fix the province’s medical records and he wanted someone he could trust to get the job done, the sources said.  “Hudson made it very clear to all kinds of people that it was a two-for-one deal,” said a source close to the situation.   Jane Almeida, a spokeswoman for Mr. McGuinty, declined to discuss the Premier’s involvement in the matter. Ms. Kramer could not be located for comment.  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/mcguinty-had-hand-in-hiring-former-ehealth-ceo/article1248569/ 
  

Opposition wants answers after learning eHealth review never started Toronto Star – Romina Maurino –  The government has some explaining to do amid revelations that a promised, and then cancelled, independent review of scandal-plagued eHealth Ontario never got underway, the opposition parties said Monday. Documents obtained by the New Democrats under Freedom of Information laws show no contract was ever signed for PricewaterhouseCoopers to begin a third-party review of the agency – a fact verified by both eHealth and PricewaterhouseCoopers.    

 

Premier Dalton McGuinty is denying he intervened in the appointment of Sarah Kramer as the CEO of eHealth Ontario over the objections of some civil servants.  McGuinty’s comments come after a Globe and Mail report that the premier had a hands-on role in appointing eHealth’s leaders and appointed Kramer through an order-in-council despite objections from Ministry of Health officials. New Democrat Peter Kormos says McGuinty has no credibility when it comes to eHealth, and that it’s clear the premier’s office was consulted before Kramer was hired and should be accepting responsibility. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2009/08/12/mcguinty-ehealth.html

 

Inside Queen’s Park: ehealth boondoggle is sick theatre  The malodorous issue is that of eHealth and more precisely what’s been spent in untendered contracts and related expenses.  All this first erupted last spring with former eHealth CEO Sarah Kramer’s resignation followed shortly by board chairman Dr. Alan Hudson, after the opposition parties howled about lavish spending and $2,700 per diem payments as part of $5 million in untendered contracts awarded to consultants which has since been revised to about $15 million.   Health Minister David Caplan exacerbated the mess by stepping deeper into it even as he tried to stomp out the fires burning around his bailiwick. First, it was just isolated, then eHealth announced it would have PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP review its spending. Then Caplan called off PWC saying the auditor general would take the lead in the investigation.  The opposition knew from the first whiff they were onto something and at the end of last month the government tried to bury its scent under a tsunami of paperwork, releasing six thick binders with hundreds of pages of receipts, meeting minutes, and other documents.  That’s when it really hit the fan because on a slow summer’s day with nothing else of much importance going on and with the imminent settling of the Toronto city workers strike at hand, everyone could smell a good story fermenting despite the rotting stench of piled up garbage outside the leafy confines of Queen’s Park.  Politics is optics and when it comes to government spending, it doesn’t get much better than this. Between 2007 and 2008 eHealth Ontario spent $82 million. We know now at least $15 million was untendered and went to a company with close political ties to the Liberal Party. That’s probably not a surprise. One of the perks of office is doling out contracts and work to the people who helped get you there and will help keep you in power. It’s the nature of the spending which is starting to look awfully ugly. With a recession killing jobs and shrinking household incomes, the McGuinty government is up to its neck in embarrassing material. Aside from the $400 limousine rides Kramer took from Toronto to London, Ont.; aside from eHealth board member Khalil Barsoum’s $2,400 round-trip flight from Florida, associated car rentals, and road tolls so he could make it to a Toronto board meeting; and aside from paying other board members to fly to Toronto or in some cases, $380 a day to “prepare” for said meetings, the real stench here is that after spending something in the region of $650 million, the agency and its predecessor have almost nothing to show for it. There is no plan in place. There is no privacy legislation model such as British Columbia’s eHealth (Personal Health Information Access and Protection of Privacy) Act to look at. Nada. Zilch. What we have instead is a consultant paid $2,700 a day who then bills an extra $5 for tea and cookies. 

eHealth third-party review was never started CTV.ca  TORONTO — The opposition parties are asking for answers amid revelations that a promised, and then cancelled, independent review of scandal-plagued eHealth Ontario never got underway.  Documents obtained by the New Democrats under Freedom of Information laws show no contract was ever signed for PriceWaterhouseCoopers to begin a third-party review of the agency.The government has said it cancelled the review because it would have duplicated efforts by Ontario’s auditor general, who is also probing the agency. But NDP critic France Gelinas says the newly released documents show that the government never planned to go ahead with the independent report. She says Health Minister David Caplan and Premier Dalton McGuinty have some explaining to do after suggesting in the legislature that the review was underway and that results could be expected by the end of the summer. Progressive Conservative Lisa MacLeod says the lack of any contract shows the whole process was a smokescreen and wants to bring eHealth in for all-party questioning to get some answers. Lying “Their line of defence was always: `We will go to the bottom of this, we have retained the best third-party, PricewaterhouseCoopers,” Gelinas said.  “Then, in the middle of the summer, we learn that basically, it was all empty – they haven’t done anything, they were not going to expect anything out of them, it was all empty rhetoric.” Gelinas said Caplan and McGuinty “needed to defend themselves so they used those lines, but those lines misled us in the house, they misled Ontarians, and they misled all of the taxpayers.”  McGuinty had also fended off questions in the legislature, saying in June: “I think we need to wait for the report coming from PricewaterhouseCoopers. We need to wait for the information and the advice to come from the auditor.” Progressive Conservative Lisa MacLeod, who wants to bring eHealth in front of a sub-committee for all-party questioning, said the lack of any contract showed the whole process was “a smokescreen to save the minister’s job.” The latest details are just the latest of a series facts about the scandal that led to the resignation of former eHealth CEO Sarah Kramer and former board chair Dr. Alan Hudson in June, after the Conservatives and New Democrats complained the agency gave out $5 million in untendered contracts to consulting companies. Documents released by the government since then showed the value of those untendered contracts was closer to $16 million, with the biggest ones going to companies the opposition parties say have ties to the Liberal government.  EHealth was set up last year to create electronic health records after the first provincial agency given that task, Smart Systems for Health, spent $650 million but failed to produce anything of lasting value before it was quietly shut down last September.

 Meanwhile in Liberal Quebec…
 
Aug. 11 — Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec, Canada’s biggest pension-fund manager, had an unrealized first-half loss of C$5.7 billion ($5.2 billion) on real estate, wiping out a 5 percent gain by other investments.  The Caisse’s real estate debt holdings declined to C$8.6 billion on June 30 from C$10.8 billion at the end of 2008. The fund lost a record 25 percent in 2008.   The Caisse had unrealized losses of C$2.2 billion on real estate debt, C$1.8 billion on declining values on properties, C$1.3 billion related to private equity and infrastructure, and C$400 million on asset-backed commercial paper. Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec had C$120.1 billion in assets on Dec. 31.  Last year, the Caisse lost $39.8-billion or 25 per cent of its assets, making it among the worst performing pension funds in the country. The pension fund stubbornly refused to release its financial results, despite numerous reports of its losses, and the Caisse’s performance became a hot-issue  in Quebec political circles and the province’s election campaign.
  
 
No wonder the ex Quebec Liberal finance Minister Monique Forget resigned suddenly and unexpectedly and the new Minister of Finance is not any better, clearly an uncompassionate person now as well..

Quebec “Finance Minister Raymond Bachand  suggested clients of disgraced investment adviser Earl Jones should take some of the blame themselves for losing tens of millions of dollars in what police say was a Ponzi scheme”  and he had “scolded the alleged victims of Earl Jones for not having reported their financial adviser to the government’s Autorité des marchés financiers. some of the same elderly people who must turn to food banks after, it is alleged, they’ve been swindled out of their retirement savings. Humility would have been more appropriate on Bachand’s part, considering how badly the government in general and he in particular have handled also the Jones affair. Saturday was the first time since the scandal broke a month earlier that Bachand even acknowledged that he is the minister responsible for the financial sector by saying something about the affair.” The Quebec chief also next did not approve of it too. “It’s such a cruel story,” Quebec Premier Jean Charest said. “They were not very rich people.” Premier Jean Charest has been chosen to preside at a celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the election of the much hated ex Conservative Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s first majority. How approriate now as well? Early Jones was charged July 28 with four counts each of fraud and theft. He was freed on $30,000 bail and is living in an undisclosed location following threats. While clearly pervrse Brian Mulroney is still a free man. Jones clients furious following minister’s comments Ottawa Citizen Quebec “mean spirited”: Jones victims The Gazette (Montreal)

McGuinty hammers Ottawa for ignoring stranded woman “Something is fundamentally wrong when we can’t count on the Canadian government to stand up for Canadians – I’m not sure I can put it any more directly than that, “Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. Now the  People who live in glass houses need to be reminded still not to throw rocks at others, and to practice firstly what they preach unto others, for I would rather see a sermon firstly actually practiced instead of merely lip serviced.  The premier of Ontario himself  does not stand up for all Canadians now for sure too… nor for all of the people of Ontario for that matter.. or he would not let the crooked quota Ontario police, cops now and many others, such as eHealth consultants  also to fleece his flock too.

In reality too many of our politicians still do lie too often as well..  

“Canadian politicians of all stripes lie when they spout such nonsense as: “In Canada, we believe you should get the medical treatment you need with a government health insurance card, not a credit card.”

Really? Try paying for your medical treatment by waving around your health card when you need (a) prescription drugs (b) extra nursing care (c) physiotherapy (d) timely post-operative rehab (e) a nursing home bed or (f) a growing number of medications, tests, treatments and procedures which our governments are delisting almost daily in a bid to cut costs. Wasteful spending in both the public and private sectors plagues both countries.

In fact, 30% of Canadian health care is privately funded while almost half of the U.S. system is publicly funded — for the poor (medicaid), seniors (medicare) and U.S. military. Neither system is purely “public” nor “private.”    In Canada, these are excessive wait times for treatment and the continual delisting of drugs and services from medicare.  ( particularly true as you next get older too, I am waiting months for a knee specialist))   http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/lorrie_goldstein/2009/08/12/10434126-sun.html

Neither the Canadian  minister  of public safety Peter Van Loan nor Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon, who has responsibility for managing all consular cases involving Canadians in need of help abroad, have commented on the case since Mohamud’s identity was confirmed through a DNA test that showed she was a 99.99% match with her son.  Key Canadian minister goes M.I.A. as anger grows, If you are a citizen in trouble in a strange land, you look to Lawrence Cannon.  But actually finding the foreign minister, the man responsible for Canadians abroad, is another matter. Lawrence Cannon, charged with aiding Canadians abroad, is ‘unavailable’ as Kenyan saga drags on.  Canada’s fourth foreign minister since 2006 isn’t on vacation. He’s hard at work. A review of his agenda for the last week, as it became clear that Mohamud had been wrongfully denied the assistance that comes with her citizenship, suggests Cannon’s priorities just lie elsewhere. There was no word from Cannon on the need to get Mohamud home quickly and to right the wrongs done by Canadian officials.” Unfortunately, minister Cannon is not available for an interview,” said spokeswoman Natalie Sarafian.  An interview request sent yesterday to the minister’s office was turned down. Calls to two of his three constituency offices yielded no clues as to his whereabouts. http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/681193
 
MINISTRIAL ACCOUNTABILITY. This means, that when somebody screws up in a given department, its the ELECTED MINISTER OF THE CROWN that takes full responsibility. The Minister is accountable to the public, NOT a low level employee. Do we blame the  Assembly Line Workers for GM’s mess? NO. We blame the CEO. Its the samething in Government.”  https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/08/11/a-canadian-trapped-again/
   
Liberal Iggy had nothing to do with this as well. Stephen Harper once said he had no plans to stack the Senate with unelected representatives, suggesting it was “a dumping ground for the favoured cronies of the prime minister.” Next when he’s actually a prime minister, he’s done exactly what he said he wouldn’t do. And falsely Harper still blames the Liberals for his lies, poor acts, or whatever but clearly he Harper lacks integrity too and thus patronage and croneyism continues to rule the day in Canadian politics and taxpayers are still the big losers. Conservative supporters  go along with Harper’s lies again too.
 
I wrote before and said that  I once was naïve and believed that the news was honest, professional , objective but now almost daily I encounter contradictory spin doctors lies under the heading of news.. The Conservative and Liberals news media both spin..
 
for example-
 
 
Posted for all to know the reality .. Canada’s news media lies, contradict each other often too..
 

Conservatives maintain slight poll lead Reuters Canada – David Ljunggren, Rob Wilson –  OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s governing Conservatives are still slightly ahead in public opinion polls over the main opposition Liberals, but would have no

 

One hour later..

 

Liberals lead Tories 36% to 33% Vancouverite –  A majority (55%) ‘disagrees’ (28% strongly/27% somewhat) that ‘the Liberal Party is ready again to govern Canada’. However, 45% ‘agree’ (12% strongly/33% …

so what spin do we believe here too?
  
 

 Pathetic, awful liars. Recall the liars.

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 ..
  
 0TTRUCK


 
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

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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

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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

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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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