Hacks, Flacks and Lobbyists Should They Be Registered?

The controversy surrounding the PEI Premier’s former chief of staff and a former Liberal MLA working as a paid lobbyists have some calling for registration of lobbyists. Continue reading Hacks, Flacks and Lobbyists Should They Be Registered?

Robert Rollback on PEI Pension Reform

Joe Ghiz and Catherine Callbeck – First Female Premier Catherine Callbeck Never Set Out To Be A Trailblazer (CP Photo)

“The PEI government says it will introduce a number of reforms to its public sector pension plans when the legislature resumes next month, including scrapping guaranteed cost-of-living increases.” Globe and Mail. NJN received this comment from a reader.

Robert Rollback – or a broadside in verse on pensions

By Brandon M.

Once upon a time Prince Edward Island voted red

We looked toward Ms. Callbeck

‘Be premier,’ we said

The first province in Canada to give a woman the lead

We trusted her to know us, what we want and what we’d need Continue reading Robert Rollback on PEI Pension Reform

UPEI Professor Sean Hennessey Convicted of Tax Evasion

A business professor at UPEI plead guilty to four counts of tax evasion

UPEI Professor Sean Hennessey, convicted of tax evasion on money he allegedly defrauded UPEI

Professor Sean Hennessey was accused of failing to disclose more than $45,000 of personal income in each of the tax years of 2008, 2009 and 2010. CBC

The Crown withdrew five other counts against Sean Michael Hennessey of violating either the Excise Act or the Income Tax Act.

Allegations that Hennessey defrauded the University and the Province of Prince Edward Island started the Canada Revenue Agency investigation.

Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas fined Hennessey $30,212 — the total owing from four incidents of willfully evading taxes. Hennessey was given one year to pay the full amount.

He told the court he sincerely regrets his actions.

“This has been a horrific experience…and I will never be here again,” he told the court.  Continue reading UPEI Professor Sean Hennessey Convicted of Tax Evasion

PEI’s hysterical pain-killer epidemic

The past two weeks has seen the PEI Health Minister clutching at the pain-killer abuse story with the local media parroting his words

Substance Abuse PEI 2011
Substance abuse on PEI – alcohol tops the list with marijuana 2nd and all other illicit drugs a distant 3rd

According to PEI’s Minister of Health and the local media, Prince Edward Island has a “painkiller epidemic” but it just ain’t so.

We do know is that if the Province makes it harder to get prescription pain killers PEI’s 25,000 persons living with disabilities will suffer. Pain is the one of the most significant problems for the disabled.  Continue reading PEI’s hysterical pain-killer epidemic