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Ottawa’s pandemic job boom adds billions to federal salaries
Massive pandemic-fueled hiring has increased the federal workforce by more than 35,000 since April 2020, adding billions to Ottawa’s labor costs, according to an analysis by CBC News.
The federal government added 19,151 jobs in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021, and an additional 16,356 jobs in fiscal year 2022, according to figures provided by the Treasury Department and other ministries. did. A 12% increase from pre-COVID times, the largest number of civil servants in Canadian history.
An additional 28,176 government officials are on extended leave in 2022 and will not receive their full paychecks, although many remain eligible for taxpayer-funded supplements, benefits, insurance, and pension contributions. I’m here.
In fiscal 2021, Ottawa spent $59.623 billion on staff costs, including salaries, pensions, benefits and overtime, an increase of $4.438 billion from the prior fiscal year. Labor costs for 2022 will likely increase by a similar amount, though final figures won’t be known until the Public Accounts are released in December.
The rapid growth rate during the pandemic surprises even former congressional budget officials.
“This is a substantial increase,” said Kevin Page, an economist who now heads the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa. “It’s growing well over 5% a year, which is much faster than the private sector and faster than the real economy”. Read the full story here.
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Finnigan, a Connemara pony, stands in a meadow covered in fall colors and snow near Cremona, Alberta on Sunday after the province was hit by the first heavy snowfall of the season.
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Ken O’Leary, 87, of Burlington, Ontario, died last February of bedsores at the base of his spine after being admitted to Joseph Brant Hospital. His daughter describes it as the size of an avocado. “It bothers me,” said Kelly O’Leary. “It bothers our whole family. We could have done something, but [the hospital] According to the Canadian Institute of Health Information, Ken was one of more than 4,000 patients each year who develop pressure ulcers (also known as bedsores or bedsores) while hospitalized. Regular patient repositioning is the best way to prevent serious infections and even death, and this job is usually left to overworked nursing staff. They also fear the number of cases will rise as Canada’s population ages and more people become less mobile.
According to information obtained by Radio-Canada/CBC, the Manitoba provincial government has said it will stop imprisoning immigrants detained by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). Manitoba became the fourth state to notify Ottawa not to imprison immigrants, following British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Alberta. Manitoba Justice Minister Kelvin Hertzen told Radio Canada that migrants should not be “suffering” in prison when they were “unconvicted.” The state imprisons immigrants detained for administrative reasons. These foreigners, including asylum seekers, are subject to the same conditions as prisoners, even if they have not been charged with a crime. From 2015 to 2020, approximately 2,000 immigrants are incarcerated in Canada’s provincial prisons each year. Please see here for the detail.
Ontario voters will head to the polls on Monday to elect city council members and school board directors as statewide municipal elections are underway. More than 6,300 candidates across the state are running to address a range of critical issues, from housing affordability, to infrastructure and public transportation, to COVID-19 recovery and mental health . Municipalities such as Thunder Bay, Waterloo and Sudbury have started voting online, while other parts of the state will choose their local governments at polling stations on Monday. There is a possibility that it will be Only 38.3% of voters turned out in his 2018 local elections, the lowest number recorded since 1982. Early polls, which showed higher voter turnout in some areas, revealed an interesting contrast. Windsor city officials said he had an 80% increase in voter turnout during the pre-voting period compared to the last election. Learn more about local government voting here.
After 44 years hosting CBC the nature of thingsDavid Suzuki’s term ends. Although next season will be his last, that doesn’t necessarily mean the public will see or hear less from the iconic and sometimes controversial Canadian environmentalist. No. “This is the most important time of my life,” Suzuki said in an interview Sunday. The National With host Ian Hanomansing. “I don’t want to say I’m retiring. I’m just moving forward.” The final season of the series, which focuses on nature and science, begins his January. In a statement, CBC management said the new hosting plans would be confirmed “within the next few weeks.” You can read more about this story here.
The Houston Astros will host Game 1 of the World Series at home against the wildcard Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. The two teams secured series standings with victories on Sunday. The Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 4–3 in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, thanks to Bryce Harper’s two-run homer in his eighth inning, for the first time since 2009. participated in the series. In the American League, the Astros beat the New York Yankees to his 6–5 victory. Houston took advantage of a costly error by Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres to create a go-ahead rally in the seventh inning. Learn more about baseball playoffs here.
Good news to start Monday. Destiny Klym is the first Saskatchewan and Indigenous woman to compete in a NASCAR-sanctioned race. She competed in hobby stocks, street stocks, and modified cars on the prairies and in several states, taking home multiple championship trophies. There is none. It’s about how her shared love of racing brought her father and daughter together. You can read more about this story here.
Opinion: We need to adopt policies that require proof of indigenous origin and end self-identification
Misrepresentation favors imposters over both non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples, says Nathan Obed, president of Inuit Tapirit Kanatami, the national representative organization of the Inuit in Canada.
First person: My family fled Vietnam to Canada.By the time I started asking questions it was too late
Hearing her family’s story of leaving Vietnam seemed disconnected from Tiffany Tori’s life in Canada. We made Tri understand why it’s important to talk to your ancestors. Read her column here.
Front Burner: What is the “Freeland Doctrine”?
According to Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, history is not over.
Speaking earlier this month at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Freeland spoke of the post-Soviet notion of the “end of history” that the world began on the path to unity and stability after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. objected to. Free trade and liberal democracy. Freeland said the thinking at the time was “arrogant” and that Russia’s attack on Ukraine was a reminder of a resurgence of dictatorship and instability.
Freeland suggested the idea that some, if not hers, called it the “Freeland Doctrine.” In her vision, Canada will favor trade with countries that share our values. Because we know that the effects of free trade cannot stop dictatorships.
Today, journalist Paul Wells presents Freeland’s proposal and discusses whether there is the political will to make these costly choices for liberal trading partners.
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Today in History: October 24th
1852: A group of Toronto businessmen create an association of brokers to set up a market for industrial securities. They met informally at first, but eventually established a common meeting place and formal rules and regulations. This association was the basis for today’s Toronto Stock Exchange.
1901: Anna Edson Taylor, 63, becomes the first person to survive a barrel ride across Niagara Falls. A 50-year-old widow performed a stunt to raise money to pay off a loan she took on a ranch in Texas. Her dreams of fame and her fortune never materialized and she died in poverty in 1921.
[1945:[1945: United Nations officially established.
1991: Star Trek Creator Gene Roddenberry has died in Santa Monica, California at the age of 70.