Sunday, October 16, 2005 10:45:38 PM
Whistle Blower Protection needed
by TonyGuitar @ 10/17/05 - 00:32:47
Whistle-Blower protecion law would have prevented all this grief, just as it reaches into every corner of Canada. Cases like the the 133 Child Protection workers short staffing in Nova Scotia was exposed. Poor kids, poor overworked case workers.
THE CITIZEN Latest News
Scandal shatters confidence in PS poll: Dismay reflected by sagging morale in Public Service, union says
The Ottawa Citizen
October 16, 2005
CREDIT: JULIE OLIVER, CANWEST NEWS SERVICE
Allan Cutler, who was the first whistle-blower on the sponsorship scandal, says he was asked to prepare and award contracts in circumstances that he considered questionable or improper.
A new poll signals the sponsorship scandal has left deep scars in Ottawa, the heart of the federal public service. It shows a widespread lack of confidence about the way taxpayer dollars are managed and a reputation so battered that nearly one in five public servants say they have little or no self-respect.
The Decima survey of 400 adults conducted for the Citizen prompted strong reaction from union leaders.
Nycole Turmel called the results a "very bad, very sad" reflection of years of workforce turmoil topped by the scandal by a few that has demoralized many. "The vast majority are trying to do their best with the tools they have."
Michele Demers said it was "grossly unfair" for people to lump all public servants together. After all, the brave whistleblower who led authorities to uncover the sponsorship scandal at Public Works was a public servant: Allan Cutler.
She said it's no wonder some public servants are down on themselves. "You're being bashed and bashed and bashed and you start believing the negative comments."
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Who would have guessed that good W-B C-11 law could have prevented
this deep malaise in Ottawa's & Hull's thousands of public servants.
Thank you Jeep, for getting me around so well. The only problem was a intermittant spark plug. A strange problem for about two months. Champion, smarten up.
Saturday, October 8, 2005 12:25:57 AM
I told you so!
Posted by: Barry Dennis Posted on:
May 2, 2005, 9:15 AM PDT Story:
Cities brace for broadband war Although I hate to see government involved in or against private enterprise, in the case of local governments getting involved in Broadband access, the telcos and cable companies have only themselves to blame. Periphery and even direct blame go on the local governments themselves for granting monopolies to the telcos and particularly the cable companies long ago, and then resisting efforts to allow competitive access to infrastructure because of the need (greed) for revenues, and a lot of political donations to grease the way.
The greed factor encouraged by monopolistic cable company pricing for broadband is digging their own grave, and I for one would like to help hold the shovel.
And all this is so unnecessary if only the local governments and regulators would force competitive access. We could have Broadband AND cable service at reasonable pricing, not the profiteering that monopolistic companies have enjoyed.
Why can't we learn from our past mistakes; whenever we open up competition we get more services for less money. Is that so hard to understand, or do IQ's go down when you are elected to public office or appointed as a regulator?
Seriously, folks I'm not kidding. It would make you laugh if it wasn't so darn frustrating. Over and over again, regulators and public officials take the contributions and then screw the citizens in the process.
I hope the municipalities win this one, if only to punish the cable companies. They certainly won't charge more, will manage (is that the right term?) woefully, and maybe citizens will get Broadband and other services for a reasonable price.
Cable and Telcos have had their day, and they are now, hopefully, going to pay the price for their greed. I only hope the complicit politicians who took their money get voted out as well, although I would prefer their public execution as a punishment for the hundreds of billions of dollars their complicity has cost consumers.
================================================== Well said, Barry, Thanks, TG