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Actually, Minister Joly got it right with Netflix

Actually, Minister Joly got it right with Netflix
In September 2016, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly launched a review of the federal government’s cultural policies with the laudable goal of making them “better suited to today’s digital reality.”

The result, released a year later, was rather short of a revolution, including such predictable boilerplate as more taxpayers subsidies for cultural corporate welfare (also known as the Canada Media Fund (CMF)), and more tax dollars to help promote Canadian content abroad. There would even be a new Creative Industries Council, creatively created to help the creative industry counsel the government on creativity.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Thursday, December 21, 2017 - Full Story

Mid-year budget update shows progress

Mid-year budget update shows progress
WINNIPEG, MB: The Manitoba government is making progress to balance the budget with a slight decrease in the deficit and spending restraint in the wake of a dip in revenues, but more work is needed as annual interest payments are projected at $981 million.

Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, will be available to comment on the mid-year budget update between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Legislature.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Todd MacKay – CTF Prairie Director- Thursday, December 21, 2017 - Full Story

Eastern Ontario hospitals see climbing electricity costs

Eastern Ontario hospitals see climbing electricity costs

Hospitals in eastern Ontario (including Ottawa, Napanee, Cornwall and Kingston) that have reported data show an average 28 per cent increase in electricity bills
TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for hospitals in eastern Ontario have been increasing dramatically over the last five to six years.

Today, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation is releasing data for the Royal Mental Health centre in Ottawa, the Lennox & Addington County General Hospital in Napanee, Kingston Health Sciences, Providence Care in Kingston, and Cornwall Community Hospital.

The newly released documents show that the hospitals faced the following changes to their electricity costs:

HospitalTime Frame% ChangeTotal Increase
Royal Mental HealthCentre5 years39% increase$311,611
Lennox & Addington County General Hospital5 years33% increase$141,947
Kingston Health Sciences5 years4% decrease($154, 686)
Cornwall Community Hospital5 years4% increase$41,831
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Full Story

Canadian Taxpayers Federation reacts to Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative

Canadian Taxpayers Federation reacts to Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative
OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) Federal Director Aaron Wudrick released the following statement in response to today’s federal government announcement regarding the Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative:

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Monday, December 18, 2017 - Full Story

Nipigon District Hospital faced with spiraling electricity costs

Nipigon District Hospital faced with spiraling electricity costs
TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Nipigon District Hospital have been steadily climbing for five years.

The documents show bills that have grown from $195,073 in 2012 to $336,810 in 2016-17, an increase of nearly 73 per cent.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Thursday, December 14, 2017 - Full Story

Amount Canadians donate to charity at a 10-year low

Amount Canadians donate to charity at a 10-year low
VANCOUVER—The amount Canadians donate to charities—as a share of their income—has hit a 10-year low and lags far behind the amount Americans give, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“The holiday season is a time to reflect on giving, and with Canadians becoming less generous every year, charities face greater challenges to secure resources to help those in need,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of Generosity in Canada and the United States: The 2017 Generosity Index.

By Fraser Institute - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - Full Story

Ross Memorial Hospital in Kawartha Lakes sees dramatic increase to electricity bills

Ross Memorial Hospital in Kawartha Lakes sees dramatic increase to electricity bills
TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Ross Memorial Hospital have faced a steep increase over the last five years

The documents show bills that are increasing, growing from $680,314 in 2012-13 to $966,032 in 2016-17, an increase of 42 per cent.

“How is Ross Memorial Hospital expected to manage their budget when electricity bills have rising dramatically every year?” asked CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn. “The more the hospital has to spend keeping their lights on, the fewer resources they have for patients.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - Full Story

Dryden Regional Health Centre copes with spike in electricity bills

Dryden Regional Health Centre copes with spike in electricity bills
TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Dryden Regional Health Centre have faced a steep increase over the last five years.

The documents show bills that are increasing, growing from $310,290 in 2012-13 to $446,464 in 2016-17, an increase of almost 44 per cent.

“How is the Dryden Regional Health Centre expected to manage their budget when electricity bills have rising dramatically every year?” asked CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn. “The more the hospital has to spend keeping their lights on, the fewer resources they have for patients.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Monday, December 11, 2017 - Full Story

West Parry Sound Health Centre coping with sky high electricity bills

West Parry Sound Health Centre coping with sky high electricity bills
TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for the West Parry Sound Health Centre have faced a steep increase over the last six years.

The documents show bills that are increasing, growing from $854,420 in 2012 to $1,222,244 in 2017, an increase of 43 per cent.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Monday, December 11, 2017 - Full Story

Ontario elementary school rankings, spotlights schools that overcome special needs challenges

Fraser Institute releases Ontario elementary school rankings, spotlights schools that overcome special needs challenges
TORONTO—The Fraser Institute’s Report Card on Ontario’s Elementary Schools—now in its 15th year—is out today.

This year’s Report Card—the go-to source for measuring academic performance—ranks more than 3,000 anglophone and francophone public and Catholic schools (and a small number of independent schools) based on nine academic indicators from results of annual province-wide reading, writing and math tests.

By Fraser Institute - Sunday, December 10, 2017 - Full Story

Unwelcome Report Sure To Make Government Employees Uncomfortable

UNWELCOME REPORT SURE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES UNCOMFORTABLE
(PERTH) Randy Hillier, (Lanark Frontenac Lennox & Addington) expressed his dismay and concern over the Auditor General’s Annual Report condemning the Wynne Government’s maladministration of the province’s finances and casual disregard of their obligations.

“I have significant concern that the Auditor General may have exposed herself to a workplace harassment complaint with this report,” remarked Hillier. “According to some, the Occupational Health and Safety Act defines harassment as ‘a course of conduct and comment that was known or ought to have reasonably been known to have been unwelcome’; I am confident this report is unwelcome.”

By Randy Hillier - Thursday, December 7, 2017 - Full Story

West Parry Sound Health Centre coping with sky high electricity bills

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for the West Parry Sound Health Centre have faced a steep increase over the last six years.

The documents show bills that are increasing, growing from $854,420 in 2012 to $1,222,244 in 2017, an increase of 43 per cent.

“How is the West Parry Sound Health Centre expected to manage their budget when electricity bills have rising dramatically every year, even as their consumption is falling?” asked CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn. “The more the hospital has to spend keeping their lights on, the fewer resources they have for patients.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Thursday, December 7, 2017 - Full Story

Taxpayers Federation calls on Ontario government to take action based on Auditor General’s report

Auditor General found tens of millions in potential savings in the electricity sector
TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on the government to take immediate action based on the findings of the 2017 Annual Report by the Auditor General of Ontario.

The report revealed that Ontario electricity ratepayers paid $260 million for power generators’ ineligible expenses, for things like scuba gear, staff car washes, landscaping and racoon traps. The Auditor General also found that the Independent Electricity System Operator hasn’t implemented repeated recommendations from the Ontario Energy Board, which could save ratepayers $30 million a year.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Thursday, December 7, 2017 - Full Story

Canada’s health-care wait times hit new record—21.2 weeks

Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2017
VANCOUVER—Wait times for medically necessary treatment hit a new record in 2017 and eclipsed 20 weeks for a second year in a row, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The study, an annual survey of physicians from across Canada, reports a median wait time in 2017 of 21.2 weeks—the longest ever recorded. By comparison, Canadians waited 9.3 weeks in 1993 when the Fraser Institute first reported wait times for medically necessary elective treatments.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, December 7, 2017 - Full Story

Canadian Taxpayers Federation launches campaign to end federal tax grab on liquor

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today launched the No Escalator Tax campaign demanding the repeal of the federal government’s legislation that automatically raises taxes on beer, wine and spirits each year based on the rate of inflation.

“Canadians are already being gouged every time they have a drink,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick. “They deserve a break – not a hidden annual tax hike put in place by politicians too afraid to take the heat for raising them.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, CTF Federal Director- Monday, December 4, 2017 - Full Story

Haliburton Highlands Health Services sees electricity costs spike even as use stays the same

Haliburton Highlands Health Services sees electricity costs spike even as use stays the same
TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Haliburton Highlands Health Services have faced a steep increase over the last five years, even as consumption has remained the same.

The documents show bills that are increasing, growing from $340,835 in 2012-13 to $585,763 in 2016-17, an increase of 72 per cent. During the same period, actual electricity use remained roughly the same, at 2.9 million kilowatts. Indeed, some years saw consumption decline and bills increase. For example, between 2012 and 2014 consumption fell by 256,000 kW, but the hospital’s bill increased by $24,876.

“How is Haliburton Highlands Health Services expected to manage their budget when electricity bills have rising dramatically every year, even as their consumption is falling?” asked CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn. “The more the hospital has to spend keeping their lights on, the fewer resources they have for patients.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Monday, December 4, 2017 - Full Story

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance faces rising electricity bills

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance faces rising electricity bills
TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Chatham-Kent Health Alliance have faced a steep increase over the last five years.

The documents show bills that are increasing, growing from $1,230,757 in 2012-13 to $1,477,700 in 2016-17, an increase of over 20 per cent.

“How is Chatham-Kent Health Alliance expected to manage their budget when electricity bills have rising dramatically every year?” asked CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn. “The more the hospital has to spend keeping their lights on, the fewer resources they have for patients.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Sunday, December 3, 2017 - Full Story

Despite majority support to legalize pot, nearly half of Canadians want to delay July 1 implementati

Despite majority support to legalize pot, nearly half of Canadians want to delay July 1 implementation
It’s policy crunch time across Canada. With a July 1, 2018 deadline looming for provinces to have a plan in place for marijuana legalization, some government officials have admittedly been scrambling and publicly calling out Ottawa over a timeline they say they aren’t able to meet.

A new Angus Reid Institute study finds more than half of Canadians – including six-in-ten in Quebec and Ontario -  say that they aren’t sure their provincial government will be ready in time.

By Angus Reid Institute - Thursday, November 30, 2017 - Full Story

Top 20 per cent of families pay 56 per cent of all taxes in Canada

Top 20 per cent of families pay 56 per cent of all taxes in Canada
VANCOUVER—Despite common misperceptions that top earners pay little tax, Canada’s top income-earners pay a disproportionate—and growing—share of all taxes collected by government, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“The notion of tax fairness has come up recently to justify even higher taxes on top earners, but in reality, they already pay a disproportionate share of the tax bill,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of Measuring the Distribution of Taxes in Canada: Do the Rich Pay Their “Fair Share”?

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, November 30, 2017 - Full Story

Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer called on Bill Morneau to resign as Minister of Finance

Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer called on Bill Morneau to resign as Minister of Finance
Canadians have lost faith in this Finance Minister because he has betrayed their trust over and over again!

This Finance Minister has launched an attack on small businesses, health professionals, and farmers - calling hardworking Canadians tax cheats.

He didn’t put his millions of dollars of shares of his family company in a blind trust even after he suggested he would.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - Full Story