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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Secret Contacts With Insurers

Senior Department of Finance officials had secret meetings, phone calls and emails with the insurance lobby on pharmacare, Access To Information records show. Scores of contacts were never reported under the Lobbying Act, with careful instructions from insurers that information was “not to be shared publicly”.

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Outcry Kills Equity Tax Study

A Twitter storm by homeowners prompted CMHC to quietly pull funding for federal research on a home equity tax. CEO Evan Siddall emailed the private notice to staff while publicly blaming Blacklock’s for “irresponsible reporting” in disclosing the study in the first place: "Whose bright idea was this?"

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Want A Climate Change Code

Cabinet proposes to enforce a climate change code on all Canadian companies operating abroad. The mandate would see mining, oil and gas firms “be positive on the local environment”.

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MPs Ordered To Wear Masks

Masked MPs return to Parliament Wednesday under strict orders to cover their faces. The directive follows a warning from local health authorities that Ottawa is now in a second wave of Covid-19 infections: "I think their business has changed."

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Hired Fake Nurses, Engineers

Federal managers have unwittingly hired fake nurses, engineers and architects, say auditors. The Public Service Commission reviewed scrutiny of job-seekers’ résumés after one national health care administrator was found to have bought her Master’s Degree from a Texas diploma mill: "The federal public service is not immune to such fraud."

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“1st Step in a Long Journey”

Poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday: “My mailbox, 1 terabyte. Indicator says I use 0.05% of the storage space, leaving room for 54 million more emails…”

Book Review: Office Jungle

In 2012, a Department of Transport engineer celebrated his promotion as supervisor by triumphantly needling a coworker over his expense claims. “Why twist the knife?” a labour adjudicator wrote later. The coworker responded by slapping the manager so hard it sent his eyeglasses flying. Interestingly, the supervisor was cited for what author Alexander Abdennur calls “camouflaged aggression”, while the employee who responded with a slap was awarded $25,000 in damages.

Dr. Abdennur examines office politics in the same manner Jane Goodall studies primates in the jungle. He likens bureaucracies to an “animal world” of “petty grievances” and vendettas, “vengeful rumination” and predatory score-settling, where managers are like small birds that “freeze when they see the shadow of a circling hawk”.

Few Rate Environment No. 1

Fewer than one in five Canadians, 19 percent, rate the environment as the top issue for cabinet, says internal polling by the Privy Council Office. Findings were drawn from questionnaires completed before the pandemic and recession: "We still have another crisis. It’s called climate change."

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Rush Order For Vote Supplies

Elections Canada yesterday placed rush orders for millions of ballot pencils in anticipation of a snap vote. The order came a day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he didn’t seek another election less than a year since the last one: "We should all have tremendous confidence in Elections Canada."

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