Friday, July 29, 2005 - Winnipeg - Trustee's death grip - Winnipeg - Trustee's death grip: "They want to know all about your assets, including a house if you have one, a vehicle and even jewelry. They may want to sell it down the road, which you have no control over. It's called 'calling in the assets.' I know, I sat through one of these things.
They take the money, pay your bills, give you an allowance and charge you fees for their so-called work.
For example, they take a 3% cut of your income, charge 3% to disperse income and levy a 0.9% annual asset management fee. "

Tuesday, July 26, 2005 - Manitoba - Another horror story - Manitoba - Another horror story: "John Sienkiewicz was floored when the Office of the Public Trustee took over his mother's life, including seizing her pension cheques and selling her house against her will.
And he couldn't believe his eyes when the Public Trustee informed him in writing that he should reduce the number of visits to his mother, Jean Sienkiewicz -- who was in hospital at the time -- to two or three times a week.
The story of Jean Sienkiewicz -- who died earlier this year at the age of 77 -- is another Public Trustee horror story and part of an investigative series by The Sun that has triggered a legislative review of the office by the Doer government.
Sienkiewicz was taken over by the Public Trustee in 2003 after the province's director of psychiatric services appointed them committee while Sienkiewicz was in hospital suffering from leg ulcers. "

National Post The cost of security mismanaged?

National Post: "Currently, 44 government departments in Canada and the United States, in the name of security, have added myriad regulations governing border crossings that hurt the economy.
The most telling example, according to the report, is in the auto industry. The coalition estimates that costs related to border delays, and auto makers' reporting and compliance requirements, have added $800 to the price of a North American-made car.
'Simply hardening the border, simply layering further layers of costly bureaucracy on the border, does not make you safer. What it does do is drive up cost,' said Perrin Beatty, president of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.
'It damages your economy, and you are misallocating your security resources.'"

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Winnipeg Sun: NEWS - Canadian gov't is dumbest

Winnipeg Sun: NEWS - Canadian gov't is dumbest: "Canadians often feel we're in the shadow of the U.S., especially when it comes to stupidity, but now we're proving we're world class,' said Robert Spence, spokesman of the awards handed out during the Just for Laughs comedy festival. "

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Audit fails to clear air for some councillors Osprey Media Group Inc. - Brantford Expositor

Osprey Media Group Inc. - Brantford Expositor: "Animosity boiled over among city councillors in a special meeting Wednesday when they were handed a one-page report from an accountant saying that there was no point investing the downtown grants program any further.

James Balfe, a Windsor chartered accountant, wrote in a brief six-paragraph letter that a forensic audit wouldn�t likely yield results �due to lack of evidence, so the city cannot justify proceeding to a full-scale investigation,� James Balfe, a Windsor chartered account, wrote in a brief six-paragraph letter.

He also recommended that the city hire a consulting accountant to direct staff as it processes the last claims of a program that has committed nearly $5 million in performance grants toward about 20 projects worth a total $20 million to renovate or construct new buildings in the core. "

Monday, July 18, 2005 | Top Stories | World | Might really can be right | Top Stories | World | Might really can be right: "Might really can be right
A controversial 'responsibility to protect' doctrine is gaining ground at the UN
It isn't often that Lloyd Axworthy, Canada's former foreign minister and lion of the political left, has an idea that could appeal to American neo-conservatives and evangelical Christians. But the Paul Martin government is now promoting an Axworthy-generated plan to prevent genocide and atrocities that is slowly gaining adherents -- and some of the Liberals' most powerful allies could prove to be pro-war American conservatives such as former House speaker Newt Gingrich -- if both sides can overcome the divisions and suspicions engendered by the Iraq conflict."

Winnipeg Sun: NEWS - Smoke ban challenged

Winnipeg Sun: NEWS - Smoke ban challenged: "Smoke ban challenged

Manitoba, Sask. courts to hear charter cases

By STEVE LAMBERT, Canadian Press

Courts in Manitoba and Saskatchewan will be asked this week to decide whether provincial smoking laws are a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. "

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Osprey Media Group Inc. - Brantford Expositor

Osprey Media Group Inc. - Brantford Expositor: "Motorcyclist battling for right to ride on his property

By John Paul Zronik, expositor staff
Local News - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 @ 01:00

Peter Venczel�s legal battle with Brant County over the right to ride his motorcycle has cost him more than $10,000. "

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Winnipeg Sun: NEWS - Resistance is futile

Winnipeg Sun: NEWS - Resistance is futile: "It's one of those sad situations where, as the law stands, you are at the mercy of the bureaucracy,' said Gary Burnside, a Swan River lawyer with experience fighting Public Trustee orders. 'If they say 'Yea' or 'Nay,' there's not much one can do -- it's a very frustrating and difficult situation.' "

Friday, July 01, 2005

Winnipeg Sun: NEWS - Mackintosh orders Public Trustee reviews

Heat in the Kitchen -good about time . PR will keep you posted

Winnipeg Sun: NEWS - Mackintosh orders Public Trustee reviews: "Mackintosh orders Public Trustee reviews