Contracts worth $4.2 million were handled improperly and the Deputy is tied to a rumored police investigation
Melissa MacEachern, former PEI Deputy Minister of Tourism in alleged conflict of interest over contracts (photo – CBC)
Updated 8 PM -Opposition Leader, Olive Crane has asked the Auditor Genera to make public all copies of contracts and letters involving the PEI government and the Tourism Research Centre, to determine if the former Deputy Minister of Tourism Melissa MacEachern was in conflict of interest.
“The Auditor General confirmed Tuesday that the former Deputy had signed many of the $4.2 million in contracts that had violated treasury board policies and the Financial Administration Act. Some of these saw large amounts of money paid up front without the work having been started and in some cases, not completed. Some of those contracts were verbal, some did not have the required signatures and many of the invoices for cheques had no explanation for the money paid out.” Continue reading
Windows 8 comes embedded with Internet Explorer 10 with the Bing search engine
Bing search for former Nova Scotia Premier G.I. Smith draws a blank
This is my second day of using Windows 8 all the time for work.
Today the thing that sticks in my craw is how bad Bing is at finding topics.
Google beats Bing as a search engine no matter how bullish I feel towards Microsoft and Windows 8. Continue reading
Microsoft and Yahoo are selling political campaigns the ability to target voters online with tailored ads
Yahoo and Microsoft selling data to political parties
by Lois Beckett ProPublica – Yahoo and Microsoft are using names, Zip codes and other registration information that users provide when they sign up for free email and other services.
The Web giants provide users no notification that their information is being used for political targeting. Continue reading
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
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
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
Ellen’s inflated crime reduction claims may have deep six’d otherwise fun episode
Everyone 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