Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Jim Tankersley interviews Joshua Bivens about the relative effects of economic growth and income inequality – and particularly his evidence showing that more people are far better off with more modest growth fairly distributed than with greater nominal growth concentrated at the top: Tankersley: How do we know ...

Politics and its Discontents: Remembrances Of Things Past (And Present)

I suspect it is only the very young and the profoundly naive who believe that justice is blind, that all are treated equaly under the law. While a pleasing fiction that governments like to perpetuate, nothing could be further from the truth. Consider the latest revelations about the Canadian Revenue Agency’s shoddy hypocrisy, begun under ...

Alberta Diary: Alberta Health Services to be run from Vancouver Island? Top 99 execs to get bonuses after all?

Alberta Health Services CEO Chris Eagle, Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne and AHS Administrative Officer Janet Davidson at yesterday’s press conference in Edmonton. Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne began the day yesterday explaining why he may not be able to prevent Alberta Health Services’ 99 top managers from getting their controversial bonuses – you know, ...

The Canadian Progressive: F-35 Jet Fiasco: Harper Conservatives Heavily Monitored Public Perception

Under Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives, Canada is fast becoming a real “surveillance state”. One that obsessively monitors critics of public policy and government action… and the “tone” of what these critics say. The Ottawa Citizen gives us a glimpse into the Harper government’s emerging heart of darkness. Yesterday, it reported: “Opposition parties ...

The Disaffected Lib: Prepping Business for a Turbulent Environmental Future

‘Business as usual’ is on the way out.   And that warning is coming from global consulting giant KPMG. Business is finally recognising what Buddhists have taught for thousands of years and development NGOs have struggled with for decades – that everything is connected and no problem can be effectively dealt with in isolation. Systems thinking ...

How The Globe channels the 1 per cent | #Occupy #classwarfare

Managing Occupy protest cost city $1-million, city says – The Globe and Mail: ‘via Blog this’ It’s masquerading as “objective” “news,” but in fact it’s anything but. Note how Canada’s National Fishwrap steers the discourse: the whole story is about how much money the city of Vancouver had to spend “managing” the protest. The implications ...

Carbon49 - a blog on sustainability for Canadian businesses: Integrated Reporting: Experiences from KPMG, PwC, Experts, Practitioners

What is integrated reporting? What are the benefits and what’s involved in its adoption? We survey views from PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, and talked to Michael Krzus, the author of One Report: Better Strategy through Integrated Reporting. Joanne Westwood of Vancity shared with us their practical experiences. PricewaterhouseCoopers published a report in February 2011 called “Creating value ...

RedBedHead: Tories $20 Million Auditors Are Serial Fraudsters

If you’re the government and you want to find “gravy” – to pick a random metaphor – that you can eliminate in the provision of services in order to reduce the deficit, what do you do? Why, you hire an auditor of course. An auditor has specially trained staff and expertise in finding “savings” and ...

the reeves report: Toronto mulls deep service cuts to begin meeting $774M budget shortfall

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford – Image Courtesy of the Toronto Star In the effort to reduce a budget shortfall of $774M in the City of Toronto, we may find that the city our forebears worked so hard to create will be drained of its essence. After promising in the 2010 mayoral election that taxes would ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: Playing with Team Ford

“It is clear that there is a program to eliminate the public from our great city.” – Kim Fry, the 11th deputant during the Core Service Review at Toronto’s City Hall on Thursday July 28 For a penny-pinching populist, Mayor Rob Ford’s policies are very expensive. Since his October 25th election, he has spent over ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: Playing with Team Ford

“It is clear that there is a program to eliminate the public from our great city.” – Kim Fry, the 11th deputant during the Core Service Review at Toronto’s City Hall on Thursday July 28 For a penny-pinching populist, Mayor Rob Ford’s policies are very expensive. Since his October 25th election, he has spent over ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: Playing with Team Ford

“It is clear that there is a program to eliminate the public from our great city.” – Kim Fry, the 11th deputant during the Core Service Review at Toronto’s City Hall on Thursday July 28 For a penny-pinching populist, Mayor Rob Ford’s policies are very expensive. Since his October 25th election, he has spent over ...

Ford Puppet Shows His Contempt For Constituents

As many Torontonians would know, today is the day City Council is having a meeting with constituents to discuss cutting ‘gravy’.  Poor long suffering Giorgio Mammoliti, he apparently is longing for his pillow and blanky.  He’s not a happy camper, to say the least. When Fern Hill published the details over at Dammit Janet about ...

RedBedHead: KPMG – Helping Tax Dodgers & Corporate Fraudsters Everywhere

The Ford Bros Circus of Stupid decided that the best way to figure out which services we ought to toss on the bonfire was to hire auditing firm KPMG. Well, that’s not quite true. Doug Ford has said that they want to “outsource (privatize) everything that’s not nailed down.” But perhaps he thought it best ...

RedBedHead: Mayor Ford Says: Come To City Hall Thursday, July 28, 9:30AM

Well, well, well, normally an invite from Rob Ford would end up in my garbage quicker than a brochure to take out a subscription to the National Post. But sometimes when opportunity knocks, you just have to listen. And this, I think, is one of those moments. Ford and his Gollum-esque brother – “More libraries ...

Thanks for Nothing: KPMG and the Review that Wasn’t

When asked by Councillor Mary Fragedakis if they had considered  the long-term costs of cutting support to BIAs or the economic benefits of arts funding or social services, KPMG’s answer was a short and not so sweet,no, we weren’t asked to consider the impacts of our recommendations. In fact according to the Star it appears ...

Carbon49 - a blog on sustainability for Canadian businesses: Smart KPIs for Sustainability

In any corporate sustainability project, whether it is reducing greenhouse gas emissions, paper use, or supply chain waste, choosing the right key performance indicators (KPIs) is a critical ingredient to success. At the Toronto conference on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Issues hosted by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), Cathy Cobey from Ernst ...