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Robert Rollback on PEI Pension Reform

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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

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Who’s a journalist? P.E.I. human rights case may have some answers

A human rights complaint in Prince Edward Island may define who is considered a journalist — or at least who is allowed in the P.E.I. legislative press gallery. Continue reading

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UPEI Under Investigation By National Academic Body

Canadian Association of University Teachers is investigating the Atlantic Veterinary College for improper behavior

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James L. Turk, Executive Director, CAUT launches Ad Hoc investigation at UPEI

Hot on the heels of the conviction of a UPEI professor for tax evasion, CAUT (Canadian Association of University Teachers) has launched an investigation into the Atlantic Veterinary College at UPEI.

While no specifics were given in CAUT‘s May 30, 2013 letter to UPEI, sources tell NJN Network that sexual harassment and other abuses at UPEI are common.

Victims of abusive behavior expect CAUT to hear them in their investigation.  Continue reading

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UPEI Professor Sean Hennessey Convicted of Tax Evasion

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

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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

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PEI Battle Ground for New Media and Journalist with a Disability

A raging human rights battle is being waged on PEI in an ongoing battle for legitimacy between old and new media, as well as accessibility issues for the press

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Wayne Thibodeau, Guardian no room in the inn for journalists in wheelchairs (Facebook photo)

By Chris Benjamin, OyeTimes – A raging human rights battle on PEI that highlights an ongoing battle for legitimacy between old and new media, as well as accessibility issues for the press, has garnered surprisingly little media attention.

It began in the fall of 2009, when the explosion of news blogging was a mere gathering of volatile gasses. After unanimously voting controversial news blogger Stephen Pate their secretary/treasurer, members of the Island’s press gallery booted him from their ranks. They claimed the issue was spurious content; Pate says it was his association with a disability advocate group—a violation of human rights law.  Continue reading