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What is a few million dollars… here and there. and there. and there.

Recently contract negotiations were conducted between the province of Ontario and some teachers unions. The teachers were adamant that this had nothing to do with wages, it was all about the students welfare. 

In most public sector jobs, wages have been frozen for a while, private sector jobs have been this way for some time, recessions sort of dictate prudent spending. Yes I know the government often ignores prudence. ok runs away from it like it was a plague… 

So when the strike was settled, contrary to promising there was no more money to grant raises, it seems this did take place, though it was not about wages it was all about the students welfare. uhmmm.

Now something is hitting the fan and it is not air.

It has been released that the government, in negations with the unions. Gave the unions some money, not much, just 2.5 million.

What for?

Well that is a good question, but we won’t find that out, it was done in secret, now that the secret is out, they maintain this was done to cover the unions negotiating expenses. HUH?

How was this done? Well we won’t know that either as there were no invoices, no receipts, no accountability in any manor was taken by the government, here is the money. thanks.

Well Education Minister Liz Sandals said (from the Globe and Mail) “

that there are no itemized accounts of exactly what taxpayers’ money paid for. “You’re asking me if I have receipts and invoices. No, I don’t,” Ms. Sandals said when asked if there was any accounting for the expenses, adding she’d “make no apologies” for the payouts.

The minister said she was satisfied $2.5-million was reasonable based on her own knowledge of bargaining expenses. The unions had to spend money for officials to travel to meetings in Toronto, stay in hotels and order pizza during negotiating sessions, she said.

“We know what hotel rooms cost, we know what meeting rooms cost, we know what the food costs, we know what 100 pizzas cost,” she said. “You don’t need to see every bill when you’re doing an estimate of costs. I don’t ask.”

So I am not a business major, but I can push buttons on my calculator, I know I am multi talented. lets see… 100 pizza’s  $800 to $1400 ?  likely they had some sort of gourmet pizza flown in from France though… 

Hotel rooms…  a comfortable room at $200 a night? is that fair? I mean this is or should not be some sort of entitled luxury item right?

so at $200 a night… that is something like 12 THOUSAND nights of hotel rooms… eeeps. I didnt think that many people were involved in the negotiations. 

Hey wait, isn’t this the unions job? To do negotiations? 

So the questions were asked… in past negotiations, were there payouts then as well?

Her answer? “I’m not sure that it is useful to go back and rake through the history,” she said.

Uhm? It is not? Isn’t that how criminals are caught? uhm..

also from the Globe

Premier Kathleen Wynne dodged questions on the subject in the daily Question Period.

She is pretty dodgy. 

It is interesting that the unions that received this money spent so much getting this government elected. Millions and millions. I wonder why?

Future investments?

ugh.

“And Education Minister Liz Sandals has admitted that the government has repeatedly given such payouts to teachers’ unions over the past decade to compensate them for the cost of collective bargaining with the province. The payments raise tough questions about the government’s claims it is not spending new money to reach labour settlements.”

They are using old money?

I am very annoyed. When is the next election?

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Edit… The amount of payouts to unions now has climbed to almost 5 million.

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Are you serious?

As I went for a jog last night, I noticed where they have removed a set of train tracks, to make room for a walking trail. This will be nice, I guess the tracks are trainless now… a sign of progress? As our nation stops manufacturing? Global economy, is it a good thing?

From the Globe & Mail:

“The average Canadian family now spends more money on taxes than on food, clothing and shelter, according to a report by the Fraser Institute.

“With growth in the total tax bill outpacing the cost of basic necessities, taxes now eat up more family income, so families have less money available to spend, save or pay down household debt,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute, in a statement.

The report from the Vancouver-based think tank found that last year, the average Canadian family spent 42.1 per cent of its income on taxes and 36.6 per cent on basic necessities. The average family in that year made $79,010 and paid $33,272 in total taxes while spending just $28,887 on food, clothing and shelter combined.

The institute tracks the numbers through its Canadian Consumer Tax Index, which tracks the total tax bill of the average Canadian family from 1961 to 2014. Taxes tracked include income, payroll, sales, property, health, fuel and alcohol.

Since 1961, the average Canadian family’s total tax bill increased by 1,886 per cent, outpacing increases in food, clothing and shelter, according to the index.”

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TV commercials… is it money well spent?

Ok, so I do know that advertising pays for the TV shows that we watch. I get that.

So I don’t have a massive problem knowing that there will be commercial interruptions on my TV shows. I will grumble though. But I do get it.

There are, though some things that I don’t get.

I should make a list. hmmmm.

TVCommercial

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Rant Rant Rant.. oh well… :-)

Rant.. well not really.

ok, a rant. But hey, some things can be annoying.

Besides, I didn’t know what to blog about today. 🙂

and didn’t want to cheat with a music video…… 😉 …….ads extra dots for dramatic effect

well here we go, click on to see what I am going on about now… if you dare

Last rant of the year?

Well I have tried to be all festive like over the holidays, avoid a deep post or conflicting one…. I have done quite well too. But enough is enough *stomping my foot*

It is time to unwind and let go, I keep forgetting how annoying this invention is.

The idea was great, BUT IT DOESN’T WORK!

so what is this wondrous invention? click and see as there is more

some expect a little too much from life

Another glorious weekend passes, the weather is cooling and the leaves are taking a bit of a tint now, reds starting to dance across some of the greenscape, Mother Nature is practicing, ready to dazzle us yet again with her talent.

So, again what to blog about, peeking quickly at the news.. it become easy. *nods my head* hold on, it is going to be a RANT. cause I just got stirred up yet again.

I read this headline,

Father sues Ontario school board for not accommodating his religious beliefs

But wait read on, there’s more!