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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #25 on: May 20, 2016, 13:23:50 »
May 20, 2016

Raymond Cho and Doug Ford team up in Scarborough to take on provincial Liberals
Councillor seeks to represent Progressive Conservatives in Scarborough-Rouge River riding
http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/6564507-raymond-cho-and-doug-ford-team-up-in-scarborough-to-take-on-provincial-liberals/
And former Etobicoke councillor Doug Ford – rumoured to be interested in running there for the PCs himself – wants to be Cho’s campaign manager.
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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #26 on: June 08, 2016, 12:34:28 »
MORE DOLLARS WASTED and for what?


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Audit reveals Pan Am Games were $342M over budget, but Ontario still paid $5M in performance bonuses
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Wednesday, Jun. 8, 2016

TORONTO — Ontario’s auditor general says last summer’s Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in Toronto came in $342 million over budget, but the province still paid more than $5 million in performance bonuses.


Officials had said spending for the Games was within the $2.4-billion budget, but Bonnie Lysyk’s audit found that the total cost was about $2.5 billion.

She says when compared to the adjusted bid budget of about $2.2 billion, the Games were actually $342 million over budget, and since Ontario committed to paying most of the cost overruns, the province was on the hook for an extra $304 million.

The TO2015 organizing committee had agreed to pay $5.3 million to 53 senior employees if they stayed until the end of their contracts and the net operating and capital budgets were met.

Lysyk says that the full bonuses were paid, even though organizers asked the province for — and received — a $74-million increase in the net operating budget, and were responsible for managing less than two per cent of the capital budget.

The auditor general says “nonetheless,” Ontarians can take pride in the Games as they were on time, with no major incidents and Canada had its best-ever medal counts.


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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #27 on: August 31, 2016, 23:10:06 »
MORE DOLLARS WASTED and for what.......AGAIN?


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Kevin O'Leary sends another open letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
KEVIN O'LEARY, SPECIAL TO POSTMEDIA NETWORK
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Hi Premier Wynne,

I’m worried.

I asked you to keep me informed about the $1.9 billion you are extracting out of the Ontario economy in new carbon taxes. I was excited when you promised lots of new jobs and reductions in carbon emissions. Then I saw the July jobs report. Wow, 36,100 Ontario jobs lost in a single month, the worst decline since the recession, and you still haven’t told me any good news about carbon emission reductions. I guess your new plan is not working.

Maybe it would have been better to leave that $1.9 billion in the hands of the Ontario businesses that were using it to hire employees before you taxed it away from them.

However, I hear it’s not all bad news on the Ontario job front. While the private sector is losing jobs by the tens of thousands under your new tax policies, you have been busy creating some really interesting opportunities for your staff. I don’t know how I missed this, but apparently you lost $70 million setting up and then cancelling the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) in June. While in operation only six months, you hired some really special people that walked away with millions of taxpayers’ dollars for apparently doing nothing. It sounds so ridiculous that I am assuming I must have it wrong, and that’s why I’m putting pen to paper.

So here goes, true or false?

•Did you spend $8 million marketing the ORPP even though it didn’t exist? That sounds so crazy it can’t be true.

•Did you give Neala Barton, the plan’s senior vice-president of communications, $316,819? She started in March. Just exactly what was she communicating for 90 days?

•Did you pay Anne Slivinskas — the pension plan’s general counsel — $341,418 for working there just three weeks? That’s $2,845.15/hr. You don’t fool around with taxpayers’ money; You hire the best lawyers!

•Did you pay a tech guy named Brian Gill — the pensions plan’s CTO — $414,050 to work for two months! (Note to self: Send Premier Wynne my comp committee’s North American average salary report. Her laptop must have been hacked.)

•Jennifer Brown — your choice for senior vice-president of the plan’s operations — was a lifer. She started March 21 and lasted until the end of June. So, with that kind of long-term commitment, no one should complain about the $445,019 you gave her.

•Did you really pay ORPP CEO Mary Anne Palangio $465,938 for 90 days’ work? Who says you can’t get a great job in Ontario.

•This one is my favourite, it’s so out there! Did you give $485,000 to Saad Rafi when his job running the Pan Am Games ended and then hire him again to run the ORPP even though he has never had an investment mandate before? And then did you pay him an additional $827,925 to walk away a few months later? If this is true, I bet some taxpayers are unhappy about it.

Maybe it would help if you spin this as an inspirational story. You search the province for a seasoned financial money manager to be the fiduciary of the new ORRP but in the last minute hire someone who has fallen on hard times and is out of work, even though they never managed money before. It’s so Rocky-esque!

Rafi could have been great as a pension plan manager but we will never know. Giving him the $827Gs for taking this bold new step in his career is the least we taxpayers can do. After all, it’s hard to live off a measly $485,000 severance when taxes are so high in Ontario, but I know you are not spending any time worrying about that.

These must be very special people! No one in the private sector could ever get a deal like this: Thank goodness they know you. Some Ontarians might see this and assume you don’t give a damn about their hard-earned money. Is that true? Frankly, if I gave away $2.8 million to employees that did nothing in my businesses, I would go bankrupt. Come to think of it, your government has a long history of starting projects, spending millions and then cancelling them — you know, like gas plants, “green” projects and now pension plans. That’s why Ontario is $308 billion in debt, so you are kind of bankrupting us, in your own special way.

Still I get it, perhaps from your point of view, why should anybody give a damn about the $70 million you just wasted, it’s just a rounding error.

Well, maybe the voters do. Have you seen the latest polls? Perhaps at this point in your mandate you may want to think about delivering a little more transparency and performance instead of dreaming up new ways to tax people and businesses and then spending it this way.

I’m just trying to help.

Anyway, I don’t want to be negative so I hope you are having a great summer. I know the 36,100 people in Ontario who just lost their jobs in July are feeling a little down but I’m sure they will go from sad to glad when you tell them about all the carbon emissions you have reduced. Best you get that good news out soon. In the meantime, next time you are paying people on your staff to do nothing for $827,000, maybe you could show a little compassion and hire one of your 36,100 constituents who just lost their job.

There will be an election soon and when that’s over and you start your new career, I’m going to bet it won’t be one where you manage money.

Yours respectfully,

Kevin O’Leary

Ontario taxpayer, voter and your employer, for now.





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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #28 on: September 01, 2016, 00:24:49 »
crap, you guys have my sympathies.....the NDP here in Manitoba did some wacky things like pay out a billion to Onitracs up in Churchill, but I don't think they can top Wynne..................and you guys keep voting them in. What's up with that?
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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #29 on: September 01, 2016, 07:22:35 »
Ask Toronto and the teachers/OPP/OPSEU unions. I think even they may change their tune this time around.

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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #30 on: September 01, 2016, 10:46:59 »
I just came back from a week in Ontario. Man are people pissed at their electrical bills and the way the Wayne government is foisting these windmill farms on areas that did not vote for them. And the gas plant fiasco? Wow, what a colossal FUBAR that was.

Remember, quite a few of the Wayne advisers are now advising the Trudeau government.

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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #31 on: September 01, 2016, 11:25:12 »

Remember, quite a few of the Wayne advisers are now advising the Trudeau government.

And that is a "DOUBLE WHAMMY" for the people of Ontario.
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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #32 on: September 01, 2016, 14:07:24 »
And that is a "DOUBLE WHAMMY" for the people of Ontario.

Combined Power and Water bill for March-April: $230
Combined Power and Water bill for May-June: $330
Combined Power and Water bill for July-August:...$550

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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #33 on: September 01, 2016, 16:17:54 »
Ask Toronto and the teachers/OPP/OPSEU unions. I think even they may change their tune this time around.

Don't put OPSEU in there......we were 'anyone but".    Smokey even called her a 'liar' just days before the election.....
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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #34 on: September 01, 2016, 16:45:05 »
Ask Toronto and the teachers/OPP/OPSEU unions.

The OPFFA did not endorse Mr. Hudak.

Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association

May 9, 2014

OPFFA says Tim Hudak is putting public safety at risk
http://opffa.org/items/Press%20Release%20--%20Response%20to%20Hudak%20100%20000%20job%20cut%20announcement.pdf
BURLINGTON – The Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association came out against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s plan to cut 100,000 jobs from the public sector.

The union that represents firefighters backs the Liberals
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/06/10/collision_between_union_rights_and_journalistic_independence_tim_harper.html

“You’re the police officer, the firefighter and the paramedic who look into our frightened eyes and calmly tell us that we’ll be OK,” Wynne said while in North York. “Every day, you keep our communities safe and secure.”
http://www.thesudburystar.com/2014/06/02/hudak-and-wynne-duel-over-job-cuts

I'm retired, but I don't believe Mr. Hudak received a lot of support from the Police, Fire and Paramedic unions.





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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #35 on: September 01, 2016, 17:22:19 »
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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #36 on: September 01, 2016, 21:32:34 »
Combined Power and Water bill for March-April: $230
Combined Power and Water bill for May-June: $330
Combined Power and Water bill for July-August:...$550

But this is me in my house  :cold:...

That is outrageous.  In Alberta I paid $206.xx for water, power, gas, and utilities this month.  Big house huge garden ac on most of the time.  When is the next Ontario election again????

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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #37 on: September 01, 2016, 23:12:12 »
An eternity...

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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #38 on: September 02, 2016, 00:00:04 »
Combined Power and Water bill for March-April: $230
Combined Power and Water bill for May-June: $330
Combined Power and Water bill for July-August:...$550

But this is me in my house  :cold:...
That's insane.

My first hydro one bill was $230

It's almost twice as expensive as NS. The weird part is my power usage was actually less than $100. It was the taxes compounding that were over half the bill.

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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #39 on: September 02, 2016, 09:38:08 »
That's insane.

......... The weird part is my power usage was actually less than $100. It was the taxes compounding that were over half the bill.


People have over $400 bills for ZERO usage, due to Delivery Charges, Paying down the Ontario Hydro Debt Charges, and the numerous Taxes on Hydro.  It really is insane......and then you look at the wages and bonus' paid to the top bureaucrats in Ontario Hydro and you really see how insane it is.
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« Reply #40 on: September 02, 2016, 09:39:27 »
Ridiculous.... and to think I asked for this posting.... That'll teach me.

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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #41 on: September 02, 2016, 10:04:39 »
Baby steps, but "Change may be in the wind":

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'With tonight's victory, this first step, the great leader Patrick Brown will become premier of Ontario': Cho
CBC News Posted: Sep 01, 2016 6:13 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 01, 2016 11:45 PM ET

Progressive Conservative candidate Raymond Cho has won the Scarborough-Rouge River provincial byelection, held to replace former Liberal MPP Bas Balkissoon.

With all 234 polls reporting, Cho won the seat by 2,429 votes.

Eleven candidates ran in the Toronto riding, which has been a Liberal stronghold since its creation in 1999. They included Piragal Thiru for the Liberal Party and Neethan Shan for the NDP.

Following the win, PC party senior advisor Babu Nagalingam joked, "We will now be called Scarborough-Blue River," pointing to the signature blue colour of the party.

"Tonight there is a blue wave that has crossed the Rouge River in Raymond Cho," PC leader Patrick Brown said. "Tonight we made history. Thanks to your hard work we won a riding that has been a Liberal-held riding since it was created 20 years ago."

"This is only the beginning," Cho said, jubilant over the win. "With tonight's victory, this first step, the great leader Patrick Brown will become premier of Ontario [in] 2018."

'Of course we're disappointed'

Liberal Party candidate Piragal Thiru, who came second with about 30 per cent of the vote, was met with cheers and applause by loyal supporters.

In a statement shortly after the outcome was announced, Premier Kathleen Wynne said, "The result in Scarborough-Rouge River is disappointing and gives me cause for reflection. The good people of that riding have elected Liberals for many years. I'll be talking with our Scarborough members in the coming days, as well as our outstanding candidate Pirigal Thiru."

"Are we disappointed tonight? Of course we're disappointed. But we're resilient," Scarborough-Centre MPP Brad Duguid said.

"Byelections are a time to listen. As a party I think we've been in power for so long because we've been listening," Duguid said.

​In March, Balkissoon resigned from the seat he held since 2005, with little explanation other than to tell the Scarborough Mirror in April that he wanted to spend more time with family. Neither Wynne nor the party have spoken about the reason for his departure.

Sex-ed curriculum about-face didn't hurt PCs

Ahead of the byelection, Brown acknowledged that his changing position on the Liberal government's sex-ed curriculum could cost the party the seat but it clearly didn't hurt the PCs Thursday night.

After promising last week to get rid of controversial changes to the curriculum, which encompasses topics such as same-sex relationships, gender identity and masturbation, Brown did an about-face on the topic on Monday, calling it a "mistake" to pledge to scrap it.

Before Brown's reversal Cho maintained the issue was one that his riding was passionate about.

"When I look at my riding, the huge majority are Muslim, Catholic, Hindu, Chinese. All these parents are quite concerned about this issue," Cho said.


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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #43 on: September 02, 2016, 12:27:06 »
Baby steps, but "Change may be in the wind":

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I really, really hope so. 

But by-elections with a 28 percent turnout at this particular time of the year might not be the best indicator.  Either way I'm glad the Liberals lost that one.  At the very least they can't use a win as a validation of their agenda.
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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #44 on: September 02, 2016, 22:22:08 »
ORPP was mainly a vehicle to create another large, deep-pocketed customer for ON's deficit-financing instruments.  (ON, not having a sovereign currency or federal bank, has to finance its deficits conventionally.  Having organizations/agencies with lots of funds available - particularly organizations with mandates to buy highly-rated debt - is critical to ON.)

CPP expansion is simply the same gambit, but the pool is expanded at the expense of all Canadians who get to enjoy the low CPP investor's rate of return.  (There is neither a current nor likely pension crisis among the middle class; all dollars being fungible, increased CPP contributions directly reduce other retirement savings, so the CPP expansion should generally be expected to lower expected retirement income.)  That is why the reform was structured to start with more contributions immediately, with increased payouts well down the road.  (Current retirees get nothing extra and soon-to-be retirees will get very little.  Only people with many years of contribution time remaining will benefit much, but their contributions of course go in immediately.)

ON, by inflicting this sh!t on everyone, is not being a very good Canadian at present.
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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #45 on: September 02, 2016, 22:26:28 »
ORPP was mainly a vehicle to create another large, deep-pocketed customer for ON's deficit-financing instruments.  (ON, not having a sovereign currency or federal bank, has to finance its deficits conventionally.  Having organizations/agencies with lots of funds available - particularly organizations with mandates to buy highly-rated debt - is critical to ON.)

CPP expansion is simply the same gambit, but the pool is expanded at the expense of all Canadians who get to enjoy the low CPP investor's rate of return.  (There is neither a current nor likely pension crisis among the middle class; all dollars being fungible, increased CPP contributions directly reduce other retirement savings, so the CPP expansion should generally be expected to lower expected retirement income.)  That is why the reform was structured to start with more contributions immediately, with increased payouts well down the road.  (Current retirees get nothing extra and soon-to-be retirees will get very little.  Only people with many years of contribution time remaining will benefit much, but their contributions of course go in immediately.)

ON, by inflicting this sh!t on everyone, is not being a very good Canadian at present.

They are doing a good job of alienating the rest of the country.
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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #46 on: September 03, 2016, 10:21:29 »
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« Reply #47 on: September 03, 2016, 12:13:10 »
Except for the last point - Canadian taxpayers pay equalization, not provinces - I suppose ON can still claim to be shortchanged (I doubt most of those points have changed much in the past few years since Ibbitson's article was written).  But most of ON's problems stem from provincial policies which are hamstringing economic growth.  It may be a great thing that the province is on the bleeding edge of trying to attach real costs to some externalities, but there is no evading this fact: if a consumer must pay more to consume one thing at the same rate he will have to spend less on something else.  In effect, it roughly translates to a fall in productivity (same amount of money for less stuff).
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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #48 on: September 03, 2016, 12:15:39 »
A lamppost could win the next election by, simply, promising to lower electrical rates. This ***** won't stop until they take the office keys away from her.
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Re: Ontario Politics 2016
« Reply #49 on: September 03, 2016, 16:05:53 »
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Sad thing is, Raymond Cho was my councillor in Toronto/Scarborough for ever, and by far the worst representative of Voters ever.  He has tried his hardest to become an MPP and ran for all three parties.  Don't expect much from that clown!

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