Some members of Parliament who are opting out of the next election are going back to the real world with pensions that most voters can only envy. The effect of a sharp increase in the basic pay of all MPs over the past six years — from $68,425 in 2001 to more than $150,000 annually by next month — is now being reflected in their retirement benefits.
The number of Ontario public sector workers earning a salary of $100,000 or more grew by a whopping 24 per cent in 2006, with former Hydro One CEO Tom Parkinson topping the annual list. Parkinson, who quit in December after an auditor's report raised questions about expense claims he billed to the transmission utility, earned $1.69 million in 2006.
A planned Holy Week exhibition of a nude, anatomically correct chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ was cancelled Friday amid a choir of complaining Catholics that included Cardinal Edward Egan. The "My Sweet Lord" display was shut down by the hotel that houses the Lab Gallery in midtown Manhattan, said Matt Semler, the gallery's creative director. Semler said he submitted his resignation after officials at the Roger Smith Hotel shut down the show.
A Minneapolis city worker is worried about blood in the sewer system because he said, while he was cleaning the system, blood sprayed out of a hole and got all over him. "We could tell it was blood, I mean large amount of blood," said Minneapolis Sewer Maintenance Worker Ron Huebner.
Two fifth-graders had sex on a classroom floor while two others fondled each other in the classroom, according to a teacher at Spearsville High School. Union Parish Superintendent Judy Mabry would say only that the allegations were being investigated; Principal Frank Futch said the incident was not indicative of how the school is run.
Headlined, "Of rednecks and the rural-urban solitudes," Ibbitson proclaimed Dumont's breakthrough showed "Canada's rural regions continue to harbour obnoxious attitudes" and "although (Dumont) is not half so objectionable as Jean-Marie Le Pen, the Action democratique du Quebec is tapping the same vein of intolerance in Quebec that the National Front courts in France." Whew!
A national pro-family coalition, www.NotOurKids.com, is calling upon parents to keep their children home from school on April 18 - to avoid GLSEN's homosexual "Day of Silence," in which students and some supportive faculty intentionally remain silent throughout the school day to protest alleged oppression of homosexuals.
A catfight at The New York Times Friday still has staffers in shock. The dustup between two female editors in the Styles department disrupted work on the Thursday and Sunday Styles sections as co-workers froze at the fracas. Fashion editor Anita LeClerc was the aggressor and her superior, deputy editor Mary Ann Giordano, the victim, sources say.
The Parents Television Council (PTC), the group at the vanguard of the TV-sex wars, has lately focused on prime-time blood: power-tool torture on 24, serial killing on Criminal Minds, vivisection on Heroes. And the FCC has prepared a draft report suggesting that Congress authorize it to regulate broadcast violence, as it now does obscenity, and possibly force cable companies to let subscribers opt out of paying for channels that run brutal content.
The ultimate goal of internationalist groups like the Trilateral-Bilderberg cabal is to divide the world into three great regions for the profit of the international plutocratic mattoids running the show ... The group meets throughout the year to discuss ways in which the group can advance world government. An important weapon in their arsenal is fanning public hysteria over “global warming.”
The Philippine National Police issued a warning to gay officers not sway their hips or display other suggestive behavior while on duty — or they could risk losing their jobs. "If they sway their hips while marching, or if they engage in lustful conduct, I think that will be a ground for separation," Philippine National Police or PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Samuel Pagdilao said Thursday.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton appearance isn't drawing the audience Burlington organizers had hoped for. Organizers have moved next week's talk by the former President to a smaller venue after ticket sales failed to top the 2,000 mark. The April 3 event, a benefit for Burlington's Transitions for Youth, had been forecast to attract as many as 7,000 people willing to pay $175-$200 each to hear the charismatic former U.S. president.
Lawrence Roach agreed to pay alimony to the woman he divorced, not the man she became after a sex change, his lawyers argued in a Florida court Tuesday in an effort to end the payments ... The lawyers and Circuit Judge Jack St. Arnold agreed the case delves into relatively uncharted legal territory. They found only a 2004 Ohio case that addressed whether or not a transsexual could still collect alimony after a sex change.
This week McGuinty is anywhere but in the Legislature getting hammered by Opposition questions over the multi-million dollar scandal at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) uncovered in a scathing report by provincial Ombudsman Andre Marin. So the week after his final budget, the week when one of the biggest scandals to hit his government lands with a crash, the premier is AWOL.
A hush-hush meeting held in Banff, Canada, last year seriously explored the issue of how to sneak (yes, that is the right word) — sneak a North American Union (NAU) onto the people of the U.S. Canada, and Mexico. What we are talking about is making a de facto merger of the three countries a fait accompli by the time it's too late to reverse it. What else can one believe when the term "evolution by stealth" is used?
New microchip-embedded credit cards with personal identification numbers will go a long way towards reducing credit card fraud, says the head of security with Visa Canada. "When we go to chip and PIN, when you lose your card or if your card is stolen, unless you write your PIN number on the back of it, that card is going to be useless to anybody that has it in their possession," Gord Jamieson said in an interview Monday. "It’s virtually impossible to break or copy these cards," he said after giving a seminar on credit card fraud to Halifax Shopping Centre retailers.
One in three Ontario residents is currently fighting a chronic disease and the government must act urgently to respond before it has a “full-blown crisis” on its hands, said an annual report released Monday by the Ontario Health Quality Council. While Ontario is making some slow progress on fighting chronic disease, it remains a huge burden on the health-care system and should be the top challenge for the government to tackle, chairman Ray Hession said.
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. CEO Duncan Brown was given a $720,000 severance package on his way out the door Friday ... This is the second time in the last few months that the CEO of a major provincial agency has walked away with a substantial severance after a damning review of his organization. Hydro One CEO Tom Parkinson got almost $5 million when he resigned by mutual agreement with his board in December, after the provincial auditor documented the company's poor spending controls.
Ontario government officials initially became aware of questions about retailers winning a disproportionate share of jackpots six months before the scandal at its lottery corporation became public last October, according to documents obtained by The Globe and Mail. But the government did not act until the provincial Ombudsman launched a probe.
Governments got into the "numbers racket" to take it away from criminals and to use the proceeds to fund hospitals, social programs and worthy community projects. The idea wasn't for governments to become the criminals, or, at the very least, to countenance criminal activity right under their noses. And yet that is what has happened to the government-run lottery system in Ontario, according to a devastating report yesterday by ombudsman Andre Marin. And it could be happening elsewhere in Canada.
To borrow from the famous movie line, Quebecers are obviously mad as hell and not going to take it anymore ... Voter animosity toward both the Liberals and separatist Parti Quebecois handed "Super Mario" Dumont, the young conservative underdog, and his formerly fringe Action democratique party one of the biggest political upsets in decades.
When one searches to find the causes for America's rapid deterioration, there is no shortage of suspects. However, my thirty-plus years experience as a pastor, counselor, and researcher has convinced me that there is no greater threat to America's future survival than the overall negative effect that modern-day feminism has had, and is having, upon our homes and churches.
It's a flat literally out of this world. Based on the interiors of Star Trek spaceships Enterprise and Voyager, this studioflat in the small town of Hinckley in Leicestershire is coming up for sale on E-bay during the last week of March.
Teams assigned to make sure foreigners ordered out of the United States actually leave have a backlog of more than 600,000 cases and can't accurately account for the fugitives' whereabouts, the government reported Monday.
For newspapers, February was the cruelest month. So far. Revenue from advertising was in striking decline last month, compared with February a year ago, and were generally weaker than analysts had expected.
For years, feminists have fought for equality, believing it is the key to a better society. Now researchers have found that parity between the sexes may be bad for your health. A study in Sweden, arguably one of the most egalitarian countries in the world, discovered that men and women who are equal are more likely to suffer illness or disability.
An attorney for a victim of Uruguay's 1973-1985 dictatorship has asked his government to request the extradition of former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger over his alleged role in the notorious Operation Condor. Condor was a secret plan hatched by South American dictators in the 1970s to eliminate leftist political opponents in the region. Details of the plan have emerged over the past years in documents and court testimony.
City commissioners early Saturday finalized the firing of a city manager who is seeking a sex-change operation, despite pleas from dozens of impassioned supporters to save his job. After a six-hour hearing, the commissioners decided to fire 48-year-old Steve Stanton after his announcement that he planned a new life as a woman. The move came after the commission voted 5-2 last month to suspend him with pay.
Blustery rocker Sir Elton John, who recently described organized religion as "hateful" and worthy of being banned, was slated to whoop it up last night at the famed Morningside Heights cathedral in celebration of his 60th birthday. Church officials apparently turned the other cheek to Sir John's disparaging comments, but some worshipers were still a little miffed.
Europe seems to be losing faith in its future, Pope Benedict XVI said Saturday, citing the continent’s population trends, which include generally low birth rates. “One must unfortunately note that Europe seems to be going down a road which could lead it to take its leave from history,” the pontiff told a gathering of the continent’s bishops.
Christian ministries and charities promise to do all kinds of good things with your money, and that makes donors feel great about sending in their checks. The problem is, they can't always find out exactly how their donation is being spent.
The Ontario government is giving auto-parts maker Magna International Inc. $50-million as part of a plan to tackle climate change. But opposition politicians are questioning why the company's name does not appear anywhere in this week's budget documents.
Renowned environmental advocate David Suzuki has accepted an invitation to be the guest editor of The Vancouver Sun for its Saturday, May 5 edition -- an extremely rare distinction that will give him an important say in what goes into the paper that day ... "What I would love to do is put a green slant in every area," he added, explaining he thinks the mainstream media do not do enough to highlight how the environment is connected to all areas of the news.
Prime Minister Stephen Harpers' Conservatives have surged to 40% in popular opinion and entered majority government territory, a new poll says. The poll, conducted exclusively by Ipsos-Reid for CanWest News Service and Global Television after the Harper government delivered its new budget, shows the Tories have opened up an 11-point lead nationally over Stéphane Dion's Liberals.
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