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First Nations Activist Launches Court Application Demanding Transparency

Nov 21, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

REGINA, SK: First Nations activist Harrison Thunderchild has launched a court application demanding transparency from Thunderchild First Nation.

“Accountability and transparency are principles of leadership for our people that were passed down to me from my father and grandfather,” said Harrison Thunderchild, a member of the Thunderchild First Nation, and an Elder whose grandfather, Chief Thunderchild, was Chief when Thunderchild adhered to Treaty 6. “When our leaders don’t tell grassroots band members what’s happening with the community’s money, they’re turning their backs on our heritage.”


Pembroke Hospital grapples with rising electricity bills

Nov 21, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Pembroke Regional Hospital have faced a steep increase over the last five years.

The documents show bills that are increasing, growing from $677,922 in 2012 to $1,076,565 in 2016, an increase of nearly 59 per cent.


Lakeridge Health faces steep increases to electricity bills

Nov 20, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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

The documents show bills that are increasing, growing from $3,296,125 in 2011-12 to $4,367,956 in 2016-17, an increase of nearly 33 per cent.


Manitoba’s environmental performance strong without a carbon tax

Nov 20, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Unfortunately for taxpayers, Premier Brian Pallister’s carbon tax doesn’t come with a money-back guarantee if it doesn’t deliver promised results.

We already know Pallister’s carbon tax is costly. He’s proposing a tax of $25 per tonne of carbon next year – much higher than the initial federal requirement of $10 per tonne. That means Manitobans will see fuel prices jump by about 5 cents per litre. In total, it will cost Manitobans $260 million every year.


Taxpayers take a bath with Marine Atlantic

Nov 20, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Canada’s federal Crown corporations are a motley bunch. A few, like the Bank of Canada, are mostly viewed as indispensable. Most, such as a litany of museums or port authorities, attract little attention because of their benign purpose and relatively small budgets. Some, such as Canada Post, are now seen as increasingly anachronistic in a rapidly changing world.

One Crown corporation most Canadians outside Atlantic Canada have likely never even heard of is Marine Atlantic, which operates cargo and passenger ferry services between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Yet, Marine Atlantic’s very existence is a consequence of a constitutional obligation agreed to by the federal government in 1949 as part of the deal that saw Newfoundland join Confederation. Under the terms of the Newfoundland Act, the federal government is required to “maintain… a freight and passenger steamship service between North Sydney and Port aux Basques.”


Cambridge Memorial Hospital copes with rising electricity bills despite falling usage

Nov 20, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Cambridge Memorial Hospital have faced a steep increase over the last six years.

The documents show bills that are steadily increasing, growing from $728,065 in 2011-12 to $1,397,804 in 2016-17, an increase of 92 per cent. During the same period, actual usage of electricity fell by 1,296,799 kW, or 6.7 per cent.


Manitoba already beating BC and Canada without carbon tax

Nov 20, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

WINNIPEG, MB: Even without a carbon tax, Manitoba is already showing strong results on environmental “potential indicators” identified by the provincial government, according to a report released today by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. The report, entitled Keeping Score: Measuring Manitoba’s Environmental Performance, shows results already achieved by the province provide a strong case for fighting a federal carbon tax.

“Premier Brian Pallister hasn’t provided any evidence showing a carbon tax will help the environment, but we know it’ll cost Manitobans $260 million every year,” said Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the CTF. “According to the data, Manitoba is already doing better than British Columbia and the nation overall, even without a carbon tax.”


Sweet Nothing: Fat and Sugar Taxes Don’t Reduce Obesity

Nov 16, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Sweet Nothing: Fat and Sugar Taxes Don’t Reduce Obesity, fat and sugar taxes
OTTAWA, ON: In the midst of continued debate in Canada about the imposition of fat and sugar taxes, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released a new study, Sweet Nothing: Real-World Evidence of Food and Drink Taxes and their Effect on Obesity which analyses the track record of food and drink taxes around the world.

“While theoretically appealing to many public health activists, food and drink taxes simply don’t work as advertised,” said journalist and study author Peter Shawn Taylor. “Evidence from the real world shows taxes on fat or sugar don’t reduce obesity and don’t make people healthier –  they do, however, disproportionately harm the poor, fill government coffers and cause substantial unintended negative consequences.”


Bluewater Health in Sarnia copes with quickly rising electricity costs

Nov 16, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Bluewater Health in Sarnia have faced a steep increase over the last five years.

The documents show bills that are steadily increasing, growing from $2,108,679.73 in 2012 to $2,959,844.34 in 2016, an increase of more than 40 per cent.


Hanover District Hospital sees electricity bill increase dramatically

Nov 15, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO— Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Hanover District Hospital have faced a steep increase over the last five years.

The documents obtained by FOIP show bills that are steadily increasing, growing from $205,652 in 2012 to $321,320 in 2016, an increase of more than 56 per cent.


Brockville General Hospital copes with rising electricity bills despite falling usage

Nov 14, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Brockville General Hospital have faced a steep increase over the last five years.


St Mary’s Hospital in Kitchener faces higher electricity bills despite declining consumption

Nov 9, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bill for St Mary’s have faced a steep increase over the last four years.

Electricity bills for the facility have grown from $1,198,734 in 2013 to $1,515,637 in 2016, an increase of over 26 per cent. In the same period, actual consumption of electricity fell at the facility by 114,648 kWh.


Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehab in St Catharines sees electricity costs more than double

Nov 8, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehab have faced a steep increase over the last six years.

Electricity bills for the facility have grown from $296,240 in 2011 to $497,803 in 2016, an increase of over 68 per cent.


Headwaters Health in Orangeville faced with skyrocketing electricity bills

Nov 7, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bill for Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville have faced a steep increase over the last five years.

The documents show bills that are steadily increasing every year. Electricity bills have grown from $482,724 in 2012 to $728,139 in 2016, an increase of nearly 51 per cent.


Pallister makes a bad carbon tax bet

Nov 6, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

This column originally ran in the Winnipeg Sun and is now free to reprint.

Premier Brian Pallister is betting his carbon tax, that’s more than twice as high as Ottawa’s initial requirement, will mean the province can get away with paying a lower carbon tax later.

Losing that bet could cost Manitobans millions.

Premier Pallister wants to impose a $25 per tonne carbon tax next year. That translates to a 5 cent per litre tax on gasoline. It’ll cost taxpayers $260 million annually. The premier plans to keep the carbon tax at $25 per tonne for five years.


Guelph General Hospital electricity bills continue to grow

Nov 6, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Guelph General Hospital
TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bill for the Guelph General Hospital has increased by $378,437 since 2012, or 35 per cent.

The documents show bills that are steadily increasing every year, despite the fact that since 2012 the hospital has completed nine energy reduction projects.


William Osler Health in Brampton faced with spiraling electricity bills as patients crowd hallways

Nov 3, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal a dramatic increase to the cost of electricity to William Osler Health System in Brampton over the last five years.

The documents, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, show that in the last five years, bills for the health centre’s main campus rose from $3.44 million to $7.76 million. That’s more than a 125 per cent increase. These calculations do not include costs for the new 20 Lynch campus, which opened in 2016.


The quest for pension reform starts with MLAs

Oct 31, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

It might be too nerdy to be the next Indiana Jones storyline, but, after years of searching, the long-lost, secret MLA pension annual report has been found. After dusting off the cover here’s what it shows: for every dollar MLAs contribute to their retirement fund taxpayers have to put in $2.79.

And, while the discovery may not quicken the pulse, it all adds up to allow MLAs to stash some serious treasure. When he left the Legislature, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation calculated that former MLA Steve Ashton would qualify for a pension of $86,000 per year for a lifetime total of $2.5 million. MLAs can join the pension plan after one year of service and start collecting guaranteed benefits at age 55.


“Kathleen Wynne’s Moving Company” satirical tour rolls into Queen’s Park

Oct 16, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is concluding a cross-province tour with a satirical moving company, called the “Kathleen Wynne Moving Company,” with a stop at Queen’s Park.

The campaign has featured a 16-foot moving truck emblazoned with the words “Kathleen Wynne’s Moving Company – Helping Businesses and Families Leave Ontario,” which has visited cities across Ontario. The focus of the campaign is how government policies like high electricity costs, cap-and-trade, corporate welfare and rapid changes to labour laws are making Ontario unaffordable.


Are you ready for a discount tax?

Oct 11, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

(This column originally appeared on the Toronto Sun)
When will it ever be enough?

As Canadians were sitting down for their turkey dinners over the weekend, news broke that the CRA had issued new guidelines decreeing that employee discounts are now taxable.