Category Archives: Politics

Sean-Hennessey

Is UPEI professor Sean Hennessey being charged by RCMP?

Charges of fraud and income tax evasion expected this week against professor with connections to PEI Department Tourism

UPEI Professor Sean Hennessey, working for Tourism Research Centre at UPEI or himself?

Mild ripples of scandal permeated the spring 2011 Legislature sitting when MLA Jim Bagnall went public with fraud allegations against Sean Hennessey, a UPEI business professor.

RCMP have not confirmed this week that charges will be laid against Mr. Hennessey, after a year-long investigation. After the allegations were made in the Legislature, Dr. Roberta MacDonald who held the UPEI Dean of Business position since 2002 stepped down. MacDonald is Hennessey’s wife.

Former UPEI President Wade McLaughlin was criticized at the time for not investigating and disciplining Hennessey before his retirement in June 2011.

Several sources have told NJN the RCMP are getting ready to move on Hennessey.  Continue reading

Premier Ghiz of PEI worried about EI changes that affect 78% of Islanders (Photo CBC News)

EI Reform and the Folly of PEI

PEI Premier Ghiz let $500 million in development money slip away with no industrial development

Premier Ghiz of PEI worried about EI changes that affect 78% of Islanders (Photo CBC News)

Did Premier Ghiz see the shifting sands of Canada coming to hit him with the triple threat of reduction in Employment Insurance benefits, Federal transfer payments and massive layoffs of public servants?

If he had, perhaps some of the $500 million PNP money would have been spent on industrial development and not buying luxury homes and cars, propping up bankrupt businesses and essentially squandered on anything that had a pulse with a partisan connection.  Continue reading

"Don't follow leaders, watch your parking meters" - Bob Dylan 'Subterranean Homesick Blues'

Bob Dylan to get Presidential Medal of Freedom

Famed artists who sang ‘don’t follow leaders’ will accept the highest civilian honor from President Obama, the leader of the free world

"Don't follow leaders, watch your parking meters" - Bob Dylan 'Subterranean Homesick Blues'

The US White House announced that singer songwriter, writer, and actor Bob Dylan will receive the the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

To followers of the iconic leader of baby boomer counter culture, the award has some irony. But then we were all younger then, we’re older than that now. Continue reading

Cory Booker on The Ellen Show

Why did Ellen pull Cory Booker video

Ellen’s inflated crime reduction claims may have deep six’d otherwise fun episode

Cory Booker on The Ellen ShowEveryone was thrilled by the exploits of Newark Mayor Cory Booker when he saved his neighbor from a burning building.

Well perhaps his Republican opponents were less than enthused by the Super Hero Mayor.

Ellen did a video interview with Mayor Booker, posted it on her website and on YouTube then pulled it.  Continue reading

Newark Mayor Cory Booker talks to the media on Friday, April 13, 2012, about rescuing his neighbor from an apartment fire.  (caption NorthJersey.com, photo credit ELIZABETH LARA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Cory Booker Superhero Mayor of Newark NJ

Mayor Cory Booker was already a super mayor – now he is a super hero by saving a woman from a burning house


NY Post

Newark Mayor Cory Booker appeared on Ellen today to talk about his adventure saving his neighbor from her burning home.

Update – for some reason the “Ellen” clip was removed from YouTube.

There are some men who are heroes and Cory Brooker is one.  Continue reading

Former Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis arrested at OWS

Occupy Wall Street is not about homeless lazy bums

Many thoughtful people can see the corruption of the economic system

Former Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis arrested at OWS

City governments and police that are arresting Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters are making a big mistake.

Authorities who refuse to work on the problem are breaching democratic rights to free speech and free assembly. Continue reading

Wheelchair cut out at Charlottetown Mall

Charlottetown one of Canada’s least accessible cities

The City of Charlottetown pays lips service to accessibility while toasting newspaper heroes like Rick Hansen

Wheelchair cut out at Charlottetown Mall

People in wheelchairs don’t take long to come up against barriers in Charlottetown, PEI.

The City of Charlottetown has the appropriate by-laws for accessibility but will not enforce them.
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The 99% protest at Occupy Toronto (photo CBC)

Tax system benefits 1% Wealthy

For those with jobs, life is a drudgery – for those with capital, life is a comedy

The 99% protest at Occupy Toronto (photo CBC)

The Canadian and US tax systems reinforce the concentration of wealth in the hands of the 1%.

It will take a major shift in how the government structures the tax system to see any transfer in wealth from the 1% to the 99%.  Continue reading

Faye Martin, director of PEI seniors policy " We would hope that this is not the type of thing that would happen frequently"

PEI Government Washes Hands in Senior’s Death

Bureaucratic double speak tries to paper over neglect of disabled senior dead in her apartment for five months  evoking “sad emotions” in civil service

Faye Martin, director of PEI seniors policy " We would hope that this is not the type of thing that would happen frequently"

There is more to the death of Elizabeth Berrigan than the Province of PEI wants to admit.

Nor is the media telling the whole story.

Berrigan was a person living with a disability in a subsidized government housing unit and largely abandoned despite her needs.

Berrigan’s ignominious and tragic end – alone and dead in her apartment for five months – should be a wake up call that things are not OK.   Continue reading

60 year old woman lay dead in her apartment for 5 months (photo Google Street View)

Disabled senior found dead after five months

Neglect from PEI government to blame, officially sanctioned abuse of elders

60 year old woman lay dead in her apartment for 5 months (photo Google Street View)

A 60-year-old disabled woman was found dead in her apartment Tuesday this week in Charlottetown.

She died apparently in November 2010, almost five months ago, of natural causes.  Continue reading