Agency Calls In The Auditors

Internal auditors have been called to review mismanagement at Dr. Theresa Tam’s Public Health Agency, officials said yesterday. It follows disclosures the position of Chief Health Surveillance Officer specifically assigned to watch for pandemic outbreaks was “eliminated” three years ago: ‘Surveillance is to improve the health of Canadians.’

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Feds To Tax ‘Extreme Wealth’

Cabinet in its Throne Speech yesterday said it will introduce new taxes on “extreme wealth” but did not elaborate. Parliament previously raised the top income tax bracket to 33 percent on Canadians earning $217,000 a year or more: “The government will identify ways to tax.”

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Lib Appointee Pans Speech

A Liberal Senate appointee yesterday panned cabinet’s “green” Throne Speech as one hundred percent recycled. Senator Rosa Galvez (Que.), former chair of the Senate energy committee, said cabinet has lost its climate change credentials: “The government has turned its back.”

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CRA Hijinx Not Harassment

A breezy Canada Revenue Agency manager who superimposed his photo on a picture of Clark Gable and referred to women tax assessors as “chicks” did not discriminate per se, a labour board has ruled. An adjudicator rated the conduct as harmless: “Some words may not be offensive in and of themselves but have fallen out of favour for a variety of reasons.”

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Insurance Lobby Is Targeted

The Commissioner of Lobbying is reviewing an MP’s formal complaint the Department of Finance had secret meetings, phone calls and emails with the insurance lobby on pharmacare. The undisclosed contacts appeared to breach the Lobbying Act, the Commissioner was told: “These revelations lead one to question whether the Liberal government is captive to pressure from the insurance lobby.”

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China Smog Kills Recruitment

The air is so filthy in Beijing that Canada now has trouble staffing its embassy, the Department of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. China had won praise from Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna for its climate change program: “I was in China on a trade mission and saw the rapid shift toward clean energy.”

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Coworkers’ Prank Not PTSD

A liquor store clerk who claimed post-traumatic stress disorder after coworkers hid her shoes cannot claim workers’ compensation, the New Brunswick Court of Appeal has ruled. Anxiety over the prank “clearly did not meet the diagnostic criteria” for PTSD, said the Court: ‘She is worried her colleagues will do the same thing again.’

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Fed Budget By Thanksgiving

Cabinet will introduce a late budget within days following unprecedented federal borrowing for pandemic relief programs. Legislators yesterday were advised a budget is expected by Thanksgiving, October 12: “We don’t know what the world is going to look like.”

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Advisor Put “Lives At Risk”

A Public Health Agency executive who admitted to putting “lives of Canadians at risk” yesterday was promoted as senior advisor to the Prime Minister. Kristina Namiesniowski, president of the Agency, was named a $238,000-a year advisor in the Privy Council Office: “Time is of the essence.”

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Canadians Carry $70 In Cash

The typical Canadian carries $70 in their wallet, mainly five and ten-dollar bills, and stashes another $185 in their vehicle glove box or dresser drawer at home, says the Bank of Canada. Researchers surveyed cash holdings in a study on the future of bitcoin and other digital currencies: “I use cash to monitor my spending.”

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Covid Travel Bans OK: Judge

Canadians’ automatic right to travel between provinces does not apply in a pandemic, says a St. John’s judge. The ruling came in the case of a Nova Scotia woman denied permission to travel to Newfoundland & Labrador to attend her mother’s funeral: “Right to mobility under the Charter is not absolute.”

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‘Gov’t Will Protect Me’: Study

Most homeowners in Canada expect the government to protect them in case of overland flooding, says Department of Public Safety research. Private insurers have offered climate change flood coverage to policyholders since 2015 though few homeowners have bought it: ‘Other policyholders would essentially be subsidizing them, which is not right.’

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