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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Fractured Fairy Tales: Jerry Earle edition #nlpoli

Via VOCM,  the reaction of NAPE boss Jerry Earle to a study that showed the provincial government is overloaded with provincial public servants compared to the situation in other provinces: Earle says while that might be true, there are good reasons, given the province’s geography and demographics. 

He says even comparing Newfoundland and Labrador to . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Fractured Fairy Tales: Jerry Earle edition #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Updated NL Public Service Numbers, 2003-2016 #nlpoli

A couple of access to information requests  – pdf 1  and pdf 2 – gave the world some new numbers on the growth in the core provincial public service from 2003 onward.Here are the grand totals in a nice chart.  Each year is the total as o… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Updated NL Public Service Numbers, 2003-2016 #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Updated NL Public Service Numbers, 2003-2016 #nlpoli

A couple of access to information requests  – pdf 1  and pdf 2 – gave the world some new numbers on the growth in the core provincial public service from 2003 onward.Here are the grand totals in a nice chart.  Each year is the total as o… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Updated NL Public Service Numbers, 2003-2016 #nlpoli

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Advice for the next Premier of Alberta: Be Bold by being Boring

TweetSo you’re a new Premier, looking for a way to make a splash – to make the public forget about the previous regime. You could do something simple like reduce Cabinet to 20, which is essentially the size of Cabinet (Associate Ministers are not actually Cabinet ministers). But that’s not really bold. Bold would be . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Advice for the next Premier of Alberta: Be Bold by being Boring

Alberta Diary: Alberta’s ‘Sunshine List’ – let a little light shine in … but only a little, and only where we want it

Alberta’s ‘Sunshine List’ – mostly moonshine? Below: Premier Alison Redford.

Today’s the day the government of Alberta is supposed to publish its “Sunshine List” of its supposedly most highly paid civil servants.

It’s not appeared yet – so, it being a Friday and all, it’ll probably show up at about 4:45 p.m.

The . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Alberta’s ‘Sunshine List’ – let a little light shine in … but only a little, and only where we want it

Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye, J.D. » Politics: Canadian Tamil Congress 2014 Pongal Dinner

The Canadian Tamil Congress hosted its seventh annual Pongal Dinner at the Hilton Toronto / Markham Suites Conference Centre.

Sponsors of the event included Himelfarb Proszanski LLP, Chapel Ridge, Money Gram, Sujan Shan, Dynevor Express, Abi Singam, Ideal Developments, Jaff Networks and Central City.

Congratulations to the Canadian Tamil Congress on its . . . → Read More: Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye, J.D. » Politics: Canadian Tamil Congress 2014 Pongal Dinner

The Canadian Progressive: Harper Conservatives Nuked More Than 15,000 Public Service Jobs in 2012

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: A report tabled in the House of Commons last Friday reveals that the Harper Conservatives nuked more than 15,000 public service jobs last year, 8,000 of them fulltime positions. Strangely, the cuts seem to be waging a war against Canadian women and the future. 7,000 of the gutted . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper Conservatives Nuked More Than 15,000 Public Service Jobs in 2012

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The 2013 Q1 Churn Appointments #nlpoli

One of the great things about having orders in council readily available is that people can find information.

That’s exactly why the current administration has kept them as secret as possible since 2003 and continue to censor them, even though orders in council are entirely public documents.

But at least in the wake of the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The 2013 Q1 Churn Appointments #nlpoli

Alex's Blog: Celebrating Public Service

Public servants celebrating the enrolment of 5 million citizens in the Ontario Hospital Insurance Plan (1959, Archives of Ontario)

Notes for talk at Public Policy Forum Dinner, April 11, 2013

I am delighted to be here with family, friends and colleagues this evening – an evening that can only be understood as a . . . → Read More: Alex’s Blog: Celebrating Public Service

Alex's Blog: Celebrating Public Service

Public servants celebrating the enrolment of 5 million citizens in the Ontario Hospital Insurance Plan (1959, Archives of Ontario)

Notes for talk at Public Policy Forum Dinner, April 11, 2013

I am delighted to be here with family, friends and colleagues this evening – an evening that can only be understood as a . . . → Read More: Alex’s Blog: Celebrating Public Service

Impolitical: Paging the Clerk

On this brouhaha of yesterday: “CIDA rapped for partisan letters from cabinet minister appearing on website.” The core question in this incident is how these letters came to be posted on a government department’s website. And to answer that question, the protocols for posting material, with all that’s involved including translation, provide the answer. Then . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Paging the Clerk

Trashy's World: So, uh, the President of TB…

… doesn’t have anything better to do than to declare war on Santa-haters? Really, Uncle Tony? Really? The Government of Canada has no guidelines that restrict federal employees from putting up Christmas or other holiday decorations in their workspace. “There are those who would like to snuff out the holiday spirit in the name of . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: So, uh, the President of TB…

Canadian Progressive: Atlantic Canada to suffer disproportionately from federal austerity: Report

by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | November 27, 2012 A new CCPA-NS report released today makes projections for federal public sector job loss in Atlantic Canada and discusses the breadth and depth of its impact in the region. CCPA-NS pu… . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: Atlantic Canada to suffer disproportionately from federal austerity: Report

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: 38! #nlpoli

This will be a record year fort changes in the senior ranks of the provincial public service.

On Friday, Premier Kathy Dunderdale announced change number 38 for 2012.  That puts her one off last year’s record total.

And as we told you a couple of weeks ago, she’s on track for 49 changes this . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: 38! #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Swirl Continues #nlpoli

As it appears, all the talk last week in the Telegram editorial about the unusually large churn in the senior ranks of the provincial public service caused a bit of a churn in the stomachs of some people around St. John’s.

Some of them – including one curious series of Twitter comments – insisted . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Swirl Continues #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: As the Public Service World Churns #nlpoli

The Telegram editorial on Wednesday noted the most recent changes to the senior executive at the natural resources department and put it in the wider context of changes during the past 20 months.  The editorial notes that in the budget document for 2011 called Departmental Salary Details show that

the province had 20 deputy . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: As the Public Service World Churns #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Disappeared Deputy? #nlpoli

Last summer, the provincial government proudly announced the appointment of a new deputy minister of natural resources.

The release included Diana Dalton’s biography.  She’s a lawyer who graduated from Dalhousie in 1979:

… Throughout the course of her career, Ms. Dalton has worked with the Governments of Nova Scotia and Papua New Guinea, as well . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Disappeared Deputy? #nlpoli

Politics and Entertainment: PIPSC, Fat Cats, and Disturbing Dreams

I had the pleasure of attending the PIPSC Fat Cats game on Sunday – an exciting affair that the FCs won in the ninth with a sensational walk off steal at home plate by LaDale Hayes, who also made an extraordinary diving catch earlier in the game. Though American, he also represented the team in . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: PIPSC, Fat Cats, and Disturbing Dreams

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany…

… shooters and omnibus bill edition… =================================================================================== You might remember a post I scribbled a little while back about a “new” shooter that is perfect for O-Town right now, given all of the lay-offs and transitions… Well, CBC Ottawa got a hold of this and, well, it kind of led to my bud who came . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Friday miscellany…

Trashy's World: Of COURSE the CPC won’t…

… tear up PS Collective Agreements! Not a chance! “tearing up” is so gauche. So unimaginative, so 19th century! Famous for being a very detail-oriented little party, the ReformCons have assembled a handbook for party operatives outlining what exactly should happen to those pesky Agreements while avoiding that whole tearing-up thing. And this intrepid blogger . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Of COURSE the CPC won’t…

The Disaffected Lib: Scientists Attack Harper Ventriloquist Act

A convention of scientists has asked our Furious Leader to be less of an authoritarian, undemocratic asshole.  There, I said it.

In an open letter to His Majesty, King Steve, the American Association for the Advancement of Science has asked that he stop muzzling federal researchers.

“Despite promises that your majority government would follow . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Scientists Attack Harper Ventriloquist Act

Impolitical: The coming public service job losses

There’s a new study out by the CCPA on federal public service job cuts. The study suggests between 11,000 to 22,000 jobs could be lost in the Ottawa area and between 60,000 to 70,000 jobs across the country. This would be done in the next few years and up to 2015. David Pugliese reviews a . . . → Read More: Impolitical: The coming public service job losses

eaves.ca: The Canadian Government’s New Web 2.0 Guidelines: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Yesterday, the government of Canada released its new Guidelines for external use of Web 2.0. For the 99.99% of you unfamiliar with what this is, it’s the guidelines (rules) that govern how, and when, public servants may use web 2.0 tools such as twitter and facebook.

You, of course, likely work in organization that survives . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: The Canadian Government’s New Web 2.0 Guidelines: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Impolitical: "I certainly make no allegations"

So, this happened today: “Veteran public servant quits in protest because new AG can’t speak French.” A veteran of the federal public service has quit in protest because the country’s new government watchdog can’t speak French.Former deputy minister Mi… . . . → Read More: Impolitical: "I certainly make no allegations"

Impolitical: Doing your bit

This video was put together in connection with an award Paul Krugman recently received. I’m posting it for three reasons beyond the fact that it’s well done and is a great overview of Krugman’s work. First and primarily, the content from about the 5:00… . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Doing your bit