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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What does a 10 year old think?

Yesterday was budget day in Canada and the Speech from the Throne day in Newfoundland and Labrador.

As usual the media wants to know what the Boards of Trade think, what other politicians think, what unions think, ad what "big" cities think - but not any curiosity as to what a 10 year old would think.

The feds raided the contingency piggy bank and sold the GM shares to fictionalize a balanced budget. The upper middle class to upper class received more incentive to keep their money sheltered and anything whatsoever that could be considered middle class was put off for future governments to budget. Not much there for the 10 year old and many things to worry about as they enter into their post-secondary and career years.

The province provided a similar plan for destitution for the 10 year old - just slightly worse. We will now run deficits for 6 more years and borrow billions more - this is bad news for the 10 year old. We will be laying down chunks of cash year over year for the Williams/Dunderdale/Marshall/Davis legacy - supplying cheap power for Nova Scotia - this is bad news for the 10 year old.

So if I'm 10 - I can look forward to mounting debt - depleted non-renewable resources with no heritage cash, the payment of pensions 3 generations past, an aging population, a dwindling population, escalated health care costs, crumbling infrastructure and disappearing communities.

I can look forward to depleting oil - with no societal wealth, depleting minerals - shipped out unprocessed, a fishery that has been turned over to a few elite - no processing, a declining if not completely wiped out forestry industrial sector, and energy that I have to pay for regardless - so Nova Scotian young adults can rely on energy for growing industry.

Self-serving, underachieving, mentally lazy, and partisan zealots - have made my future real bright.

The 10 year old should start watching this:

The Newfoundland and Labrador debt clock PRESS HERE

The Canadian debt clock PRESS HERE

or for the other option - where politicians put the next generation ahead of personal or partisan interests - the Norwegian wealth clock PRESS HERE

I went to the Throne speech yesterday and watched the classless and clueless behavior of many government members. From the gallery - I could watch them check pictures on Facebook - or just simply click away on their cellphones while the Lieutenant Governor told us about our future and how important the people are.

Disgraceful. How do you sleep at night?

Our children are going to leave - they will have no other choice.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Has the Chief Medical Examiner recommended inquiry?

Sue's Blog has already written on Justice Minister's apparent ignorance of the law. King claimed it was up to him to call an inquiry under the Public Inquiries Act. He was wrong.

King however can call an inquiry - all on his own under the Fatalities Investigation Act.

This was the Act used for the call of a Judicial Inquiry into the deaths of Norman Reid and Darryl Power.

This type of inquiry considers the findings of the Chief Medical Examiner into a death or deaths.

Has the province's Chief Medical Examiner concluded his investigation into the death of Don Dunphy? Has that report been received by government? Has the report been received by the RCMP?

What does the report say? When will it be released?

Has Minister King reviewed the report?

Has any of the following occurred under the Fatalities Investigation Act?

Recommendation to the minister
      25. (1) Where the Chief Medical Examiner is of the view that it is necessary for the protection of the public interest or in the interest of public safety that an inquiry be held regarding one or more deaths that occurred under a circumstance referred to in section 5, 6, 7 or 8, he or she may recommend to the minister that a public inquiry be held.
         (1.1)  The committee may, either in the course of a review under this Act or on completion of a review, where the committee is of the view that it is necessary for the protection of the public interest or in the interest of public safety, recommend to the minister that a public inquiry be held.
             (2)  A recommendation under this section shall be in writing and be accompanied by all reports, documents and certificates that may be relevant to the death.

Powers and duties of minister
      26. Where the minister receives
             (a)  a recommendation by the Chief Medical Examiner under subsection 25(1); or
             (b)  a recommendation by the committee under subsection 25(1.1)
and the minister is satisfied that an inquiry is necessary for the protection of the public interest or in the interest of public safety, the minister may order that a judge conduct an inquiry and the inquiry shall be conducted within the parameters set out in Part IV of the Provincial Offences Act .

So Mr. King - you can call an inquiry - all on yor own - under the Fatalities Investigation Act. You should really take the time to understand the laws your department are responsble for.

RNC - response for Premier - response for abused women?

I had to shake my head and blink my eyes when I read a story in the Telegram today. "Hidden Abuse" - the story of two abused women.

One of the women - after leaving her abusive husband - says she was inundated with texts and threats - went to police in an attempt to get some help. Here is an excerpt from the story:

She finally got the nerve to go to the police, with the hope of getting an emergency protection order (EPO) and support. She got neither, she said. “It was 5:30 p.m., and (the officer) gave me the feeling like I was bothering him,” she said. 

“He asked me why I was there and not at my lawyer’s office. I was told I could apply for an EPO 24-7. 

“I felt so small. I felt belittled. I was pretty much told that unless I was beaten, there’s nothing they could do for me. (The officer) advised me to go to my lawyer for an EPO. He made me feel like I was wasting his time.

The second woman was in a similar situation and left - with intimidating emails that followed. The response she received by the police is also described in this horrific story.

The Telegram got this response from the RNC:

However, Const. Lindsay Dillon of the RNC’s domestic violence unit admits proving criminal harassment can be difficult. 

Underlying subtle threats, name-calling and screaming don’t always warrant criminal charges. Messages, texts and comments can be interpreted in various ways, she said. 

“It is a problem and it’s wrong, but unfortunately, a lot of the emotional and psychological abuse doesn’t fall under the Criminal Code,” Dillon said. 

“It’s hard sometimes to draw the line and oftentimes, our hands are tied.” 

Am I missing something here?

Was the response to the Premier's office suggesting "perceived threats" against the Premier - treated the same as the response to these women?

The RNC constable went on to say:

“So my advice is to reach out to people.”

The story concluded by saying:

Mary and Sarah did reach out. And while they didn’t get the help they needed, they hope speaking out publicly will help other people in similar situations. 

Please take the time to read this story in the Telegram today

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Public correction of error by Minister King necessary

It's bad enough that Darin King believes the need for a public inquiry rests on his feelings on the investigation when it's over. The Minister, however, outdid himself by proclaiming for all radio-land that he and he alone is the one who decides if an inquiry is called.

I really think it's time we upped the level of what we expect from our elected officials and demand that Minister's understand laws they are referencing in public.

What a disgrace - Darin King on VOCM Back-Talk with Pete Soucy - told all the listening audience that it is he that will make a decision on a public inquiry. It is up to him he states.

Here is part of Section 3 of the Public Inquiries Act

Commissions of Inquiry

     3.(1) The Lieutenant-Governor in Council may by order establish a commission of inquiry and report on a matter that the Lieutenant-Governor in Council considers to be a public concern. 
        (2) Where a commission is established under subsection (1), the Lieutenant-Governor in Council shall, in the order, 
        (a) appoint the members of the commission in accordance with section 21;
        (b) establish the jurisdiction of the commission by setting terms of reference for the inquiry;
        (c) designate the Minister responsible for the inquiry; and
        (d) fix a date for the termination of the inquiry and for the delivery of the commission's report.

emphasis added 

It is not only responsible but one would think in keeping with the Minister's Oath of Office that Darin King clear up any errors he may make when explaining anything to the public. 

Not only is it - not his decision to call an inquiry - he may not even be chosen by the Cabinet to be the Minister responsible for the inquiry after it has been called. 

As Newfoundlanders and Labradorians we are going to have to hold our politicians more accountable. It is very difficult to have faith in our government when a Minister of the Crown speaks with authority about a law that he/she clearly does not understand. 

This is what Minister King said:

"Well I guess I decide that if I'm the one that calls the inquiry - ultimately - to be blunt about it. I think the Public Inquiries Act provides that the Minister is the one that makes the call so ultimately I would be the person who had to make the decision."

Please try to reconcile the Act and the Minister words. How long has he been a Minister of the Crown? 

Further to insure the Minister's red herring does not continue - we are not asking that an inquiry actually take place before the current investigation is over. We want a commitment that one will be called.