The EU, Brexit and Public Trust Enforcement in the EU and elsewhere


 July 25 2017 – Kevin Yaworski – Public Advocate
The following article shows once again the EU is a defender and enforcer of public trust and is opposing corporate and government anti-trust and anti-democratic policies.
Why are the public not seeing more of this in North America and elsewhere?  

There has been some improvements made or promised like restrictions on political donations in Ontario and the wild west of BC as recently reporded by the NY Times and the Globe and Mail. There needs to be much more.
Is it because we need to create or stregthen legislation to control lobbyists plus, political donations etc … and allow government watchdogs and regulators to do their job without influence?  Are your elected and appointed officials making this a priority?
The EU still has room to improve.
Hopefully they and other Governments act on Poland’s recent anti-democratic bills and policies sooner rather than later.  See the second Globe article below.

Don’t tell Brexiters, but the European Union is springing back to life

June 30 2017

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/note-to-brexiters-the-eu-is-back/article35523355/

Democracy is at stake in Poland.  Why are we silent.

July 24 2017

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/democracy-is-at-stake-in-poland-why-are-we-silent/article35782862/ 

Via The Globe and Mail’s Android app

For more on The EU, regulation for public interest and safety and related see other articles on my blog.

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Province of Manitoba hit with another credit downgrade and City of Winnipeg at risk of the same

July 25 2017 – Kevin Yaworski – Public Advocate

​Another credit downgrade at the Province after they struggling with opposition to cleanup from at least 17 years of wastful and unsustainable spending by the NDP and City of Winnipeg even with interest rates already on the rise.

The Province’s Net Debt is $23 Billion and imcreasing by almost $1 Billion per year.  The City’s is $1 Billion plus large annual deficit.  Both have enormous Infrastructure deficits including roafs, hifhways, sewet and water, many bridges in serious need of repair or even closed as unsafe etc.. 

Mayor Bowman and his finance chair had to go to NYC on a public paid trip to meet withat least one credit review agency last year (to grovel to stave off another downgrade for the City?) and has not improved much so it maybe next.

The biggest issue the public needs to do something about is the ones compensated the most are not being forced to take a pay cut or even a freeze like most of the other public service and many private sector workers.

Our elected and appointed officals at the City & Province have skipped austerity on themselves where it most needed and would have little to no impact.  They also skipped Justices, WPS plus Senior Bureaucrats and other unneccessary executives and supertendants etc… at Crown Corps, School Boards & Divisions etc…

Their much higher than Canadian average salaries, benefits, pensions, expense accounts and perks are where the cuts are most needed.

They even ignored calls by one of their own to reduce a Provincial government with more MLA’s per capita then anywhere in Canada.  Honourable MLA Steven Fletcher gets rewarded for speaking for his constituents by getting booted from cacus / party.  This will cost them in the long run.

More of the public need to let them know their actions or inactions will not be ignored now or at election time.

Here is more details in another great article by Tom Brodeck of the Winnipeg Sun.  He rarely shy’s away from the facts regardless of how harmful they are to our elected and appointed officials.  I just wish he could speak his mind all the time but know what the paper can publish like most mainstream media is sometimes influenced by pressure on ownership by those in power.

Drowning in red ink! – Winnipeg Sun

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Winnipeg Sun

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OPINION

COLUMNISTS

Drowning in red ink

Tom Brodbeck

July 24 2017 at 8:54 PM
Photo – Premier Brian Pallister.
The Manitoba government got another credit rating downgrade. This time from S&P Global, the second one from that bond rating agency over the past year. It’s the third year in a row Manitoba’s credit rating has been chopped. Moody’s Investors Service cut the province’s credit rating in 2015.

 

It doesn’t come as a great surprise, though, considering the degree to which the former NDP government plunged the province into debt and deficit during its 17 years in office.
It was a reckless reign, the effects of which Manitobans will feel for a very long time as the current government takes steps to bring the provincial treasury back into balance and to halt the destructive growth of government debt.
Left unchecked, the current deficit would have grown even larger and debt would have become so unmanageable, governments would be left with no choice but to slash overall spending in areas like health care and education. So far, that hasn’t been necessary. The Pallister government has brought in some modest cost controls. But their austerity measures are child’s play compared to what would be required five or 10 years from now if the growing deficit was not addressed.
The current government still isn’t doing enough to reduce the deficit and to slow the growth of the province’s accumulated debt, however. No government can, or should, right the fiscal ship overnight in a situation like this, not unless it wants to cause catastrophic harm to the local economy and to front line services.
But the reality is, after two budgets, the Pallister government has still done very little to reduce the province’s deficit. And they’ve been in power for well over a year.
The Tories took over a $865.4-million core government deficit when they won office last year, according to Manitoba’s public accounts. Two budgets later, they’re only planning to lower that shortfall to $779 million in 2017-18. It’s a move in the right direction. But it’s a painfully slow one.
Obviously it wasn’t enough to ward off another credit rating downgrade, no matter how much of that downgrade was due to the actions of the previous government. It’s impossible to know the extent to which the deficit would need to be reduced this year to avoid a credit rating downgrade. But this year’s feeble attempt didn’t help.
Credit rating downgrades are not just abstract accounting matters that only concern government bean counters. They have a real impact on Manitobans.

The lower the credit rating, the more expensive it is for government to borrow money. Not just new money, either. Governments borrow new money to finance operating deficits and to pay for capital projects like new schools, highways, bridges and hospital wings. But governments also have to refinance old debt that comes due. Also, about 8% to 10% of the province’s debt is financed through floating interest rates.
Add in the fact that interest rates are now on the rise in Canada and it’s not difficult to understand how Manitoba’s growing debt problem has an impact on front line services.
As debt servicing grows – it’s now approaching $1 billion annually – the less funding there is available for health care, education, child care, justice, infrastructure, etc.
Meanwhile, the former NDP government, now in opposition, cries foul at even the smallest moves by the current administration to control spending. Yet they take no responsibility for the financial mess they left behind.

Not once have I heard either NDP leadership candidates Wab Kinew or Steve Ashton offer a single idea on how to get the province’s books back into the black.
Deficits are real. Skyrocketing government debt is real. And we’re now seeing the impact that kind of irresponsible governing has on our everyday lives

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Big news in the battle against cyber crime.  Is Canada doing its part in preventing this?

Alexandre Cazes is pictured in an undated Facebook photo.

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Interesting and disturbing article in the globe and mail linked below.

​Canadian allegedly behind shuttered Dark Web market AlphaBay

This is another win by Cyber Police in the battle against illicit opioid’s, firearms and other items sold underground or in the dark web that are destroying lives and killing people.  The accused apprently hung themselves which maybe sad to some but at least there will not be expense to the public to extradite and try this person.
It would be nice if Canadian Police and authorities played a part in catching this person but it appears it was the US.  Canada needs to contribute more in this new era of crime prevention especially when there is evidense it is Canadians involved or effected.
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/dark-web-market-alphabay-canadian-alexandre-cazes/article35749653/

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A Boost to Canada’s Democracy

​For my Canadian readers and any one interested in improving democracies.
The appointment process and powers of the Canadian Parliamentary Budget Officer have been strengthened.  Amoung this is measures to prevent unrealistic or idle promises during election campaigns.  Now the public need to push for equivalent at the Provincial and municipal levels where it is often the wild west still with all to often costly impacts.
Canada is playing catch up to Australia and a few other nations but is now ahead of the game compared to many others.  Our MP’s and the others involved in making these changes happen should be recognized to promote similar behavior.  If you agree contact them to let them know.
The most effective and efficient democracies have the largest involvement from the public and more than just at election time.

PBO costing of election platforms a boost for democracy

https://theglobeandmail.com/opinion/pbo-costing-of-election-platforms-a-boost-for-democracy/article35542106/

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Purdue Pharma is one of the biggest among big pharma.  They are in legal trouble again and for good reasons

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July 20 2017 – Kevin Yaworski – Global Citizen and Public Advocate – http://wp.me/p1fJaD-UQ

An Ontario Judge doesn’t want this big pharma giant to feel ganged up on and is thinking $20 Million maybe unreasonable.  Even though they turned a blind eye and even encouraged sales to clinics or DR’s patients that their internal watchdog departments had flagged as excessive and likely being diverted to street dealers.  They also lied when marketing their drug as less addictive than fast acting pain killers on the market.  This is a crime under the Canadian Food and Drug Act with up to 5 years in Prison and no cap on financial penalty.

Millions of people’s lives have been effected and many preventable overdoses after addiction to Oxi or after they could no longer get it when it Purdue pulled it just before patent expired and many moved to even more deadly drugs like illicit Fentanyl.  Is someone from big pharma influencing this guy directly or the senior Justices or politicians that control his promotions?

Ontario Judge puts settlement with Purdue Pharma on hold

https://theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario-judge-puts-settlement-with-purdue-pharma-on-hold/article35728182/

Part two of this story.  Hopefully the Judge put this meager $20 Million settlement on hold to allow Ottawa to file a federal lawsuit.  Oxy made Purdue $31 Billion.

Ottawa urged to prosecute Purdue Pharma over marketing of OxyContin

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ottawa-urged-to-prosecute-purdue-pharma-over-marketing-of-oxycontin/article35729663/

Related posts:

​Opioid Epidemic

Some Food Safety, Health, Environmental Protection and other regulations are benefiting special interests groups, putting the public at risk and have already caused harm

Good and Bad Vaccines – Court cases compensating flu shot victims

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​Important News from MB Prov and SCC / Traffic Courts today

July 20 2016 – WiseUpWinnipeg

A senior WUW member attended a trial this morning and also a delay motion with 11b this afternoon assisting the accused in two simple traffic matters (both photo enforcement alleged offences).

The 1st was a trial in  MB SCC (373 Broadway) where the driver was authorised to drive a company vehicle (large national corporation).  They were a manager for the company and provided their business card saying so.  The court denied this saying they need official authorisation from the company President.  They may have recognised our member and were trying to avoid the trial until they can try and come up with a better defence.
They issued an adjournment to re-appear with authorisation.

They will be filing a delay motion with 11b now.  Stay tuned.
They had tried to argue during pretrial that the delay was over 18 months from offence date but the Crown said they had to file delay motion with 11b at least 30 days in advance and denied adjournment to do this.
They also tried to argue in pretrial that the box on photo with date was not visible.  ACS / Xerox has stopped providing the original full size color photo and only providing cropped b & w like you get on the ticket and the date was not visible.  This is a requirement in the regulations but the Crown said it was visible and would try and argue in court.

The 2nd was in MB Prov Court (408 York).

There was 21 month delay (none by the Accused) and a delay motion with 11b was filed.  At the application hearing today the Crown tried to argue the accused delayed but they had not and our member argued there was no disclosure package yet.

The Crown offered to stay the alleged offense if the accused dropped the delay motion.  This offer was accepted.

This is a first we have seen this.  If it was a result of the lack of disclosure or unreasonable delay there has been many examples of either of these that should have been stayed as well but were allowed to proceed and then delay motion denied or conviction or accused mislead and bullied into half of fine plea bargain.

The Crown should have just accepted they were both in breach of charter 11b at pretrial and stayed which would have saved their, the courts and the accused time and public funds.
These are more of many examples of a waste of court resources (largely tax payer subsidised) just like the many trials, delay motion application hearings, delay motion hearings themselves and appeals to QB for simple traffic matters that should have never even been issued or at least a warning for drivers with good record or stayed by the Crown.
It costs about $1 Million a year for 10 Crown and their admin staff plus much more for JJp’s and Justices, extra clerks, Officers to attend court  etc…

The court costs, victim surcharge (victim less in the case of most simple traffic matters) are not enough to cover the bloated costs of this program, extra court resources needed to process the ridiculous volume of simple traffic tickets, officers time and OT etc…
This a result of the City, Province, WPS and MPIC ignoring the root issues of aggressive targeting of dangerously deficient engineering and subsequent unfair and unlawful ticketing etc…

If you have had similar experience with unfair or unlawful alleged offenses, your charter or other legal rights or due process ignored, been lied to, bullied or mislead by the Crown or JJP’s and or are fed up of hearing others experience this we want to hear from you.  Send an email to info@wiseupwinnipeg.com.  You will get a auto reply with general info about what unfair or unlawful alleged traffic offenses are, how you can contest them plus more details and links to more info.
We will try and respond personally   when we have time (we are volunteer driven so please be patient).

Best to prepare for trial or delay motions well in advance as you will have a much better chance of getting cooperation from the Crown or Court and with being successfull with trials, delay motions or appeals.
For more info, to donate and volunteer visit www.wiseupwinnipeg.com

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Parliamentary independence and important information for at least Manitoban and Canadian voters

Parliamentary independence should be a requirement not a rarity.  Here is an MLA who is at least trying to earn their Honorable title.  We need more like MLA Fletcher to stand up when it is appropriate.  He deserves to be commended for his actions regardless of where you stand on this specific bill.
Our past NDP gov and MLA’s passed legislation like amendments to the SCA, HTA and other legislation and policies that are in breach of or allowing the breach of Charter protected rights and other legal rights all in the name of $afety revenue.  Our current PC gov has not repealed these amendments and has done little to nothing to addres the serious issues WiseUpWinnipeg and others have repeatedly raised.  It is long overdue for these issues and their impacts to get addressed.

http://winnipegsun.com/2017/05/24/fletchers-opposition-to-party-bill-shows-how-government-should-work

Honourable MLA Fletcher strikes again
http://winnipegsun.com/2017/06/01/honourable-fletcher-strikes-again-2

Exert

He is trying to stop this: “The premier names his cabinet, changing them and their duties at his pleasure. The premier, assisted by his cabinet members, appoints the heads and members of a blizzard of government agencies and enterprises. Virtually none of the appointments come through an application process. All serve at his pleasure: no fixed terms. As for the benefits bestowed to hundreds of appointees, decent compensation and open door to opportunities for travel and other perks.”

Interesting info for all Canadian voters

Good news if this passes.  Contat your MP and Senator if you agree.

​Canada’s foreign election financing is finally getting addressed http://www.winnipegsun.com/2017/05/30/canadas-foreign-election-financing-is-finally-getting-addressed

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