Scripturient: Those pesky costs The Block forgot to mention

Who sends out your water bills? Collus-PowerStream. It’s all part of the shared services agreement. Yes, that simple little agreement that for 15 productive, cooperative years linked our water and electrical utilities with mutual resources. That same agreement The Block dismantled and handed over to the interim CAO two years ago to rewrite and update. ...

ParliamANT Hill: SenAntor OlsAnt Promises To Pay Back Wrongly Claimed Expenses

Inspired by this headline: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/10/02/carolyn-stewart-olsen-ndp-audit_n_4032804.html

LeDaro: Pamela Wallin’s attempt at contortion

She may not be the expert yet but she is trying hard. “Although I fundamentally disagree with the methodology used in arriving at that figure, particularly since the amount was calculated using newly created rules to examine past expenses, I do not want to burden the people of Canada and, in particular the people of ...

ParliamANT Hill: SenAntor’s questionable expenses total $140K, audit reveals

Inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/08/09/pol-whats-expected-to-be-in-wallin-audit.html

Song of the Watermelon: On the Limits of Scandalmongering, or Why I Don’t Care About Rob Ford’s Alleged Crack Use

For all my political ideals and self-conceptualizations, I cannot for the life of me seem to get myself more than superficially interested in the scandals that plague the holders of public office. The Rob Ford crack video hubbub is a case in point. Yes, it is funny. Yes, there is hardly a politico more deserving ...

The Scott Ross: Mike Duffy & Why An Elected Senate Would Have Made This Worse

Nobody really thinks Senator Mike Duffy received $90,000 in return for some political favour, but that public perception would most certainly change if he and every other Senator faced regular expensive election campaigns that depended on large contributions and even larger political favours. An elected Senate requiring hundreds of thousands of dollars every four years ...

The Scott Ross: Mike Duffy & Why An Elected Senate Would Have Made This Worse

Nobody really thinks Senator Mike Duffy received $90,000 in return for some political favour, but that public perception would most certainly change if he and every other Senator faced regular expensive election campaigns that depended on large contributions and even larger political favours. An elected Senate requiring hundreds of thousands of dollars every four years ...

The Scott Ross: Mike Duffy & Why An Elected Senate Would Have Made This Worse

Nobody really thinks Senator Mike Duffy received $90,000 in return for some political favour, but that public perception would most certainly change if he and every other Senator faced regular expensive election campaigns that depended on large contributions and even larger political favours. An elected Senate requiring hundreds of thousands of dollars every four years ...

Left Over: The Real Cost of Education

  B.C. students warned to stick to budgets Today  in the CBC media, there’s an article admonishing students to stick to their tight  budgets…this of course presupposes that students even have a clue what a “budget” is, never mind how to stick to one… The author cites the cost of an undergrad degree at $ 77,000 ...