Saturday, January 31, 2015

Do you want to see some of the innovations that some of the long term care providers have been using to whittle down the respiratory budget at the Good Samaritan extended care at Millwood, Mr. Prentice ? Well here is a list of questions I have forwarded to the administration at this organization Mr. Prentice. Maybe you can see how all the cost savings were achieved by AHS in the area of long term care then. Maybe you can see that these folks saved money by denying my sister proper care and help. It's curious that everyone is silent on the matter of the problems encountered by my sister. It's curious that everyone wants to move forward. Why would I move forward? There are questions that need answering. Why are we to be fooled by the 5% cut of Prentice and crew? What about the cuts to the long term care system that have resulted in the execrable respiratory care at this facility? What will a 5% cut to the inner circle do for my sister Mr. Prentice?-----The opposition Wildrose, meanwhile, chalked up Thursday’s move as being nothing more than “window dressing” and leader Heather Forsyth called instead for a rollback of eight per cent to bring wages back to levels seen prior to raise approved in the fall of 2012.--------------How about a 50% cut in MLA salaries Mr. Prentice? That might do the trick in cutting down on the entitlement in this political group of parasites.

While our politicians mull over the "volatility" in the marketplace, let us turn away from the twits and do the work of managing chaos by ourselves. I'd say we need to be working hard on our own family businesses. This is not a time for panic or no ideas. We each can get our kids into a business mindset and teach them to be independent contractors. The future is now cheap everything and we can't believe in the employers keeping jobs for us. If you are a nurse, I see the return to the Klein error cutbacks so it's a good idea to become independent companies offering homecare services to the major blimp in seniors that are everywhere about us. The rich will be able to afford such independent home care providers because the alternative is so bad.
If there are employers hiring I'm guessing they will overwork the employees so why go that route? Work for yourself. Set your own hours and determine your own income based on the value you give to the customer who will be there --no matter what because everything the government provides is being provided at the lowest quality level more than ever before.
The failures in government are the failures of citizens who haven't got the brains or the interest to rev up their citizenship or question the hires about their lack of job performance.
While we don't tolerate workers doing the sort of political performances on all stages of government we allow the politicians to yap until the elections about the problems that they do not solve.
My feeling is that the only way to control the stupidity in government is to downsize the matter. We need to cut at the politician level and ensure that the numbers of these entities are few and paid a bare level compensation. That 5% cut that the Prentice is taking is laughable. He and his crew should get a 50% cut in salary. That's the compensation they deserve for all chatter and not ideas.
This cut makes for nice music playing in the background as the Tories segue into the next provincial election but really what sort of a dent does it make in the deficit? Very little. Now how about a 50% cut in all their salaries? Now we're talking. Better yet why not decrease the number of MLAs and MPs? That would be the best deal. We would not be paying for the blood suckers, their hangerons and the rest of their benefits, perks, expenses and entitlements.  Surely the best government is the least government in terms of the politicians?

And with the cost savings from the cuts to salaries of the oil monarchs how about restoring funding to the long term care system where the patients are stuck like ants in a stomped on anthill? Why not take a fresh look at patient care based funding? Why not see the "innovations" that providers of long term care services have come up with to meet their shortfalls in revenue? Think about the years my handicapped sister was left with crappy respiratory services and supplies. Yup. I'd say the government needs to be as frugal with its own politicians as they have been with the most disadvantaged citizens in long term care who have suffered while the oil monarchs have partied on our bucks.

Do you want to see some of the innovations that some of the long term care providers have been using to whittle down the respiratory budget at the Good Samaritan extended care at Millwood, Mr. Prentice ? Well here is a list of questions I have forwarded to the administration at this organization Mr. Prentice. Maybe you can see how all the cost savings were achieved by AHS in the area of long term care then. Maybe you can see that these folks saved money by denying my sister proper care and help.  

It's curious that everyone is silent on the matter of the problems encountered by my sister. It's curious that everyone wants to move forward. Why would I move forward? 
There are questions that need answering.
Why are we to be fooled by the 5% cut of Prentice and crew?
What about the cuts to the long term care system that have resulted in the execrable respiratory care at this facility?
What will a 5% cut to the inner circle do for my sister Mr. Prentice?



From: Julie Ali 
Date: Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 6:02 PM
Subject: Re:
To: Laurie Williams <Llwillia@gss.org>
Cc: Pam Purdy <ppurdy@gss.org>, efoster@gss.org, sterlson@gss.org, carl.amrhein@albertahealthservices.ca, jillian.barber@albertahealthservices.ca, ahs.corp@albertahealthservices.ca, edmonton whitemud <edmonton.whitemud@assembly.ab.ca>, calgary.foothills@assembly.ab.ca


Hi,

While I was dropping off my parents for their holiday in England, I talked to my other sister today about her availability. 
She is going to look at her calendar. It will have to be an evening meeting as she is at work during the day.
I will get back to you about the evening that is available to her. 

Can you indicate to us which evenings are best for you at this time?

With reference to this meeting, it would be useful to have some information before we meet. 

I'd like an outline of what topics will be covered.

Some suggestions follow.  Copies of the policies would be required. I'd like them before we meet. 

1.  The Good Samaritan Society policy for disclosure of information to family and to the individuals in that family where access has been granted. 

What are the levels of information disclosure?
 For example what is the policy to get a copy of the medications?  
What is the policy to find out the results of the urine culture and sensitivity results? 
What are the policies for verbal and written communications in person, in person and in the presence of my sister and over the phone.
Who has the ability to provide information eg. charge nurse, LPNs, pharmacist, social worker, physician, etc.


These are areas where we are experiencing difficulty in access. 
I have requested that Pam Purdy consult with your legal counsel to verify the laws of the land.

I feel I should have access and it appears that the nurses and the care manager plus the social worker don't believe in this matter.

This is very interesting to me--- as a novel problem--- since everyone else outside of the Good Samaritan Society have been open about information access. 

Some staff have expressed concerns about being terminated if they give me information; they have not been willing to give us any information in case they get "fired". 
This is the first place where I have ever encountered this sort of threat for providing general or specific information which all other health care providers have been willing to give to me.
In addition the Office of the Public Guardian has indicated that access should be provided to me.
So why is there this stonewalling?  I don't know. Maybe you have the answer? 

2. The Good Samaritan Society policy for adverse events. 

So far there have been a number of adverse events. Some of these events have repeated such as the problem with the failure to put on the BiPaP machine and the failure to provide me with the stroller that actually stores oxygen rather than depleting it.  

What is the policy for dealing with these adverse events?

 Was the adverse event policy followed in the case of my sister? 

If so what were the outcomes of the investigations?

 What is the policy for disclosing such findings to family members? 

What is the policy for repeats of the same adverse events? Do you simply repeat the same steps as before or is disciplinary action taken with reference to incompetent staff? 

3. What is the Good Samaritan Society policy for failure to adhere to professional standards?

For example I was told by Erin Foster in the presence of Lilia -the RRT that the policy when a BiPaP machine breaks is to wait until the patient goes bad and call in EMS.  This is to save money I guess. If EMS refuses to take the patient to the emergency then the patient is left on oxygen. My sister was left with a malfunctioning BiPap machine for five days. 

Where is the policy for letting a patient go bad when a BiPaP machine goes bad?
 Corinne confirmed that this was the policy to me when I complained about the malfunctioning BiPap machine. I only got a replacement when I told the administration I was going to the Mandel guy with my bill for rental of the BiPaP machine from Vitalaire.

Can you provide a copy of this going bad policy so that I can complain to the Nursing association of the failure of nurses, to do their professional duty of doing no harm to a patient and also their complete failure with reference to abiding by the ethical requirements of their profession? This is the only place where all the nurses are oblivious to the unethical matter of letting patients suffer while they wait for someone to make a decision about a malfunction piece of equipment. In my sister's case it took five days. I am surprised the Good Samaritan Society hasn't had a lawsuit over this matter. But perhaps this is because patient families were as innocent as I was about the messes at this place.  Once I have this policy I will go ahead and make my complaints to the nursing association.

4. Can you provide me with a policy that the social worker, Sandy used to ignore repeated requests for a replacement of the BiPaP mask for my sister? 

I assume she was told not to do her professional duty because the facility did not have the money to pay for a mask for my sister. 

Otherwise why would she not have given me the information that was specified in a letter to William Taylor that the Good Samaritan Society is responsible for mask replacements and BiPap machine provision? 
Surely--of all people--- the social worker knows who pays for what? 

And yet I had no sort of response from her or Mr.Taylor that they were responsible for these matters, despite being told by the minister in a letter that they were responsible. 

Did they both forget? I have given Sandy a copy of the original minister's letter and Mr. Horne's letter so that she won't forget for other patients.  I have also given this same letter as a copy to Pam Purdy and Erin Foster to remind them who pays for what.

I  can only imagine that all these folks were told to offload the bills to families and not provide information about the responsibilities of the facility. Strangely enough, the mask was paid for ASAP when Mr. William Taylor got the news I was sending the bill to the minister of health.

It's so confusing. Despite the many times the government of Alberta reminds staff at the Good Samaritan Society---about the responsibilities of the facility, they remain muddled. So is there a policy that guides them into failing their professional duties in this way?

At the last yearly conference Erin Foster wrote down with Sandy present that I was simply inquiring about the mask.  Inquiring. Right.  Do you have a policy for the ethical requirements of a social worker who is supposed to know that the BiPap masks are to be replaced by the Good Samaritan Society and fails to inform families of this requirement?

5. Can you provide me with a policy that covers the hiring of former RRTs or the policy for the drop in visits of such former employees such as Miranda Bowen who covered for the facility when there was no RRT for 2 out of the 5 years my sister has been at the facility? What sort of policy covers the work of volunteers like this? How does the facility ensure that these former employees are doing a good job? 

6.  Can you provide me with the information I am interested in --which is how everyone at this facility knew about the deplorable state of my sister's masks which were in pieces and simply kept yapping to my father about the need to replace this mask and  yet nothing was done by the facility to do this until I went and bought the mask and was sending the bill to the former minister  of health --Mr. Horne?

7. Can you provide me with the policy with reference to documenting all respiratory work?

Where are all mask and machine purchases documented? 
Are these purchases now associated with patients rather than in a floating pool?
Can you confirm that patients receive yearly mask and six month liner replacements as per the Aids To Daily Living formula?
Can you confirm that all patients at this facility will get regular data card downloads?
Can you confirm that trouble shooting will be done when problems arise?
I mean no one did any sort of trouble shooting for my sister.
Lilia just said it was good to do the downloads. Well that is fine but surely she could have done them and followed up on the problems I detected?
So why didn't she do what I had to do?
Why did the facility ignore the problems?

Can you provide me with the policy with reference to the documentation of tubing, cannula, hoses?
 Can you provide me with proof that there are weekly hospital grade disinfection of the machine, hose, mask?  
Can you provide me with the schedule of the RRT? 
Can you tell me exactly what she does with reference to assessment of my sister?
 Can you tell me what the respiratory work is at this facility with reference to sending patients to the pulmonary specialist, referring for blood gas work, doing the oximeter readings, modulating oxygen settings? 
I want to know every aspect of how my sister is being cared for in terms of her respiratory care at this facility.
 And I want all of this to be documented so that if another FOIP request is required there will be full history of the care and whether the standards were being met or not.

8. Can you indicate to me the reason why there was no RRT for 2 out of 5 years? Was the Good Samaritan Society not tracking the absences?  Why wasn't a RRT hired from the other respiratory vendors? In the absence of nurses at the Good Samaritan Society ---there is now hiring of agency nurses. So why was there a complete refusal to hire an agency RRT?  

A list of them is provided here:



9. Can you indicate to us why we don't have a RRT for sufficient hours? Why does this RRT make her own hours? Why can't there be a RRT with hours just like the OT?  
In my  mind, the employee should not be dictating work hours. 
The employer sets hours.
The employer should set hours that meet the needs of the patients and this should be during regular working hours and not at the convenience of the employee.

10.  There will be more questions. This isn't the last meeting but it will be useful if some of these matters are discussed.  You may call this meeting "going forward" steps. I will call it an "informational meeting". Once I have gone through the information in that box, I feel there will be further questions. 


The information that I have requested previously has not been investigated as yet. 

There is always a willingness to review whatever the Good Samaritan Society wishes to review with us.

 However I still have to go over the information in the box that has been provided that covers the medical history for the period of time I am interested in.

In this meeting I have provided you with a suggested agenda that covers some of the topics that have not been dealt with by the site administrator or the care manager or your legal counsel.  I wish these topics to be discussed but your agenda may be different than mine. 

 Can you provide an agenda with these policies as an e-mail attachment so that I can review this information before our meeting?

Can you also indicate who will be at this meeting?

Once I know when it is convenient for you to meet with us, I will get my sister to review the dates and contact you again. 



Thank you.

Julie Ali

On Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 7:07 AM, Laurie Williams <Llwillia@gss.org> wrote:
Hi Julie
The agenda is to provide you with a response to your request for information  , as well as "going forward" steps.

Laurie Williams
Director of Operations
The Good Samaritan Society
8861-75st
Edmonton, AB
T6C 4G8


On 2015-01-29, at 11:18 PM, "Julie Ali"  wrote:
Hi Laurie,
May I ask what the agenda of this meeting is?
Thanks
Julie 

On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 11:30 AM, Laurie Williams <Llwillia@gss.org> wrote:
hello Julie
I am not sure if you remember me, we had met while I was supporting Bill Taylor at Millwoods.   I want to inform you that I have now returned to Millwoods as the Director of Operations.  I am wondering if you would have time to meet with me ?    If you are available on Wed Feb 4 after 10 30 am or Thurs Feb 5 after 1 pm  please advise.  We could meet at Millwoods Center.
Alternatively if those dates do not work for you,  please advise alternate dates and times. I am open to meeting in the evening should that fit your schedule better ?
Thank you

Laurie Williams
Director of Operations
The Good Samaritan Society



http://metronews.ca/news/edmonton/1274977/alberta-premier-jim-prentice-announces-5-wage-cut-for-cabinet/
Robson Fletcher / Metro file photoAlberta Premier Jim Prentice is seen in this file photo.
The government payroll got lighter Thursday after Premier Jim Prentice announced a five-per cent cut to cabinet wages, with MLAs and possibly government workers next in line.
Following a meeting, Prentice said his cabinet agreed to cut their pay and he will ask MLAs to take the same hit next week, while continuing to suggest public servants will have to sacrifice.
“I think this is the kind of leadership that Albertans expect from their elected officials in these challenging times,” he said.
Prentice said if all MLAs agreed to the cut it would save about $600,000. He said personally it would mean he would make $10,887 less next year and ministers would see $10,050 less on their paycheques.
If MLAs agree to cut, when it goes to their member services committee, it will cost them $6,700 per year.
Prentice said discussions with provincial unions are ongoing, but he believes Albertans will want to see the pain shared.
“They expect people who work for the government, whether we’re elected or whether they’re employees to share part of that burden,” he said.
Calgary-Currie MLA Christine Cusanelli, who is not in the Prentice cabinet, said she had no issues with taking a pay cut.
“We’re going to be facing very difficult times ahead,” she said shortly after the premier’s announcement Thursday.
“Everybody in every sector is going to feel the crunch and we need to be prepared to show that we are actual leaders who will make a sacrifice.”
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees President Guy Smith said the premier sacrificing part of his salary has no impact on his members’ willingness to sacrifice theirs.
“For us it makes no difference; we have a collective agreement that we signed with the Government of Alberta,” he said. “We expect the government to honour that collective agreement.”
Smith said Prentice’s pledge was purely based on optics and wage rollbacks for his members wouldn’t come close to solving the province’s financial crisis, which is being driven by a rapid decline in the price of oil.
“I think Premier Prentice believes this is going to put more pressure on us to capitulate and it doesn’t,” Smith said.
Oil prices have plunged from more than US$100 a barrel last summer to less than $50 a barrel today, siphoning billions of dollars from the treasury.
Alberta teachers said the province should look elsewhere to plug the province’s financial holes.
“All of this has been groundwork to try to point the finger at public-sector workers,” said Mark Ramsankar, president of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. “We’ve got trouble in the province, we’ve got an issue with our finances. Rather than deal with taxes, we’re going to start with employees first.”
Asked if his organization would ever consider a wage cut, Ramsankar replied, “The flat answer is no. Teachers have had three years of (zero per cent raises).”
Gil McGowan, president of the Alberta Federation of Labour, lashed out at Prentice on social media.
“Prentice (is) setting up for (an) attack on public sector wages, even though MLAs have enjoyed far bigger wages and increases than front-line workers,” he wrote.
The opposition Wildrose, meanwhile, chalked up Thursday’s move as being nothing more than “window dressing” and leader Heather Forsyth called instead for a rollback of eight per cent to bring wages back to levels seen prior to raise approved in the fall of 2012.

The MPs are not above the laws of the land. The MLAs are not above the laws of the land. The Senators are not above the laws of the land. The government bodies like AHS are not above the laws of the land. Private entities like the Good Samaritan Society that receive public funds are not above the laws of the land. Certainly there needs to be reminders from citizens that we are not sheep, we are not convinced by the terror agenda of the government that serves itself and disempowers citizens. Democracy is under assault and we know it.


From: Julie Ali 
Date: Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 11:20 AM
Subject: The MPs are not above the laws of the land. The MLAs are not above the laws of the land. The Senators are not above the laws of the land. The government bodies like AHS are not above the laws of the land. Private entities like the Good Samaritan Society that receive public funds are not above the laws of the land. Certainly there needs to be reminders from citizens that we are not sheep, we are not convinced by the terror agenda of the government that serves itself and disempowers citizens. Democracy is under assault and we know it. ------Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand wrote to the Speaker of the House of Commons last month, seeking Shelly Glover and James Bezan to be suspended because they have not complied with an order to file complete election returns from the 2011 election.
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Dear Mr. Rajotte,

It is bad enough we have the implosion of democracy at the provincial level with the opportunists among the Wildrosies haring off to the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta but to see the same sort of disrespect for the democratic framework of our country evident in these two MPs who haven't the brains to do their legal duty to provide complete election returns to the Elections Canada folks--well it simply makes me feel that the lack of respect for citizens is pervasive at all levels of government and associated organizations such as the dumb AHS group.

We have had enough of this sort of disrespect.

We have been subjected to the spectacle of being robbed by our hires from the Senate down to the councillors on Edmonton City council who have enriched their developer donors. We understand now how the game is played and we want the game changed.

We want these folks who have not done the work required for Elections Canada to end the waste of tax payer dollars in the form of lawsuits for frivolous reasons and simply hand over their election returns to the Elections Canada folks. It has taken years for the Elections Canada folks to begin to do their jobs and now that they are doing it, I'd like you to bring it to Mr. Harper's attention that these two MPs need to do their jobs of obeying the Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand. 


The MPs are not above the laws of the land. The MLAs are not above the laws of the land. The Senators are not above the laws of the land. The government bodies like AHS are not above the laws of the land.  Private entities like the Good Samaritan Society that receive public funds are not above the laws of the land.  Certainly there needs to be reminders from citizens that we are not sheep, we are not convinced by the terror agenda of the government that serves itself and disempowers citizens. Democracy is under assault and we know it. 

Please get the concerns of this constituent brought forward to the folks in your party who have some power. This might be the prime minister. I don't know if anyone else in the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada has any power; they all seem to be talking heads who are puppets.  What is happening at the federal level happens at the provincial level where the Prentice is now the provincial prime minister and the rest of the MLAs are sheep.

I trust that this matter won't cost taxpayers more of our public monies.

Sincerely,
Julie Ali



Saturday, January 31, 2015

JustWondering 1:01 PM on 6/5/2013 ... we've always gotten away with this before ...--------Walkthewalk 9:59 PM on 6/5/2013 It sure seems to take a lot for a Conservative to admit fault compared to members of other parties. "Bezan said Elections Canada has changed their interpretation of the rules regarding campaign returns." And I changed my interpretation on how good the Conservatives are at governing. From very bad to very very bad.-----------NORTHARPERGOVT. 8:26 PM on 6/5/2013 bezan goes back THREE Elections...con speaker andrew scheer is violating the law by letting them stay in the HoC! But again, the law does not apply to the harper regime only to us minions.---23702312 2:17 PM on 6/4/2013 As a policewoman how many times would Glover have heard I have done nothing wrong and how times would she have believed that statement. Now the tables are turned. The Speaker of the House of Commons should suspend Glover and Bezan. Why should there be exceptions for Glover and Bezan. They have obviously not filed returns like the other MPs had to do.------------Beaker 2:57 PM on 6/4/2013 Bezan should be suspended for over-using his advertising budget alone! I live in his riding and every week we get at least one propoganda leaflet from his office. I would rather my tax money go to something useful as all these papers get either thrown in garbage or worse, on the ground, leading to increased polution around the community mailboxes. What a waste of money!--------------Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand wrote to the Speaker of the House of Commons last month, seeking Shelly Glover and James Bezan to be suspended because they have not complied with an order to file complete election returns from the 2011 election.

JustWondering 1:01 PM on 6/5/2013 ... we've always gotten away with this before ...--------Walkthewalk 9:59 PM on 6/5/2013 It sure seems to take a lot for a Conservative to admit fault compared to members of other parties. "Bezan said Elections Canada has changed their interpretation of the rules regarding campaign returns." And I changed my interpretation on how good the Conservatives are at governing. From very bad to very very bad.-----------NORTHARPERGOVT. 8:26 PM on 6/5/2013 bezan goes back THREE Elections...con speaker andrew scheer is violating the law by letting them stay in the HoC! But again, the law does not apply to the harper regime only to us minions.---23702312 2:17 PM on 6/4/2013 As a policewoman how many times would Glover have heard I have done nothing wrong and how times would she have believed that statement. Now the tables are turned. The Speaker of the House of Commons should suspend Glover and Bezan. Why should there be exceptions for Glover and Bezan. They have obviously not filed returns like the other MPs had to do.------------Beaker 2:57 PM on 6/4/2013 Bezan should be suspended for over-using his advertising budget alone! I live in his riding and every week we get at least one propoganda leaflet from his office. I would rather my tax money go to something useful as all these papers get either thrown in garbage or worse, on the ground, leading to increased polution around the community mailboxes. What a waste of money!--------------Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand wrote to the Speaker of the House of Commons last month, seeking Shelly Glover and James Bezan to be suspended because they have not complied with an order to file complete election returns from the 2011 election.

So why is it that when we file our income taxes we have to provide information to the government about where the money went but the MPs are above the law? Why is it that there are court cases that will cost us even more money as these MPs argue over accounting differences? Why are we tolerating such junk?
Mr. Harper needs to get his house in order. These MPs should obey Elections Canada.They should not go to court over their own mistakes. Election Canada has given them enough warnings. They need to clean up their acts.
We're tired of the entitlement complexes of these folks. They are not above the laws of the land. They are ordinary citizens who have been given a chance by other ordinary citizens to show us their characters in office. Unfortunately the promotion to public office shows us the worst of their characters rather than the best.
Glover and Bezan were given enough time to sort out these messes. If they don't do it from 2011 to 2015 I guess the voters in their ridings should do this for them and boot them out of office so we don't have to pay for the lawsuits that they are going to engage in.
I'm tired of the politics of this group of critters.
We need to kick Tory rump.
It's about time Elections Canada folks did their job.
Now how about doing your job Mr. Harper and getting these MPs to obey the rules of Election Canada?
Or is this all about continuation of deMockracy?



http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/Glover-Bezan-fight-suspension-from-Parliament-210110861.html


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Glover, Bezan fight suspension from Parliament

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OTTAWA -- Two Manitoba Conservative MPs are fighting a request by Elections Canada that they be suspended from their positions.
Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand wrote to the Speaker of the House of Commons last month, seeking Shelly Glover and James Bezan to be suspended because they have not complied with an order to file complete election returns from the 2011 election.
The order comes after both failed to file the corrected returns requested by Mayrand within the time frame allotted, and is a process called for under section 463(2) of the Canada Elections Act.
NDP democratic reform critic Craig Scott asked about the issue in question period this afternoon, noting Prime Minister Stephen Harper once said if you break the rules you will be punished, and wondering why Bezan and Glover are not being punished.
Pierre Poilievre, parliamentary secretary to the minister of transport, stood to answer saying Elections Canada’s interpretation of the Elections Act is now being questioned in court.
"These members acted in good faith due to legitimate differences of opinion," he said.
In a statement released by her office, Glover said she has done nothing wrong.
"My campaign in 2011 complied fully with the Elections Act," she said. "Elections Canada has ordered that I claim expenses that my campaign did not incur, which is not consistent with the Act's provisions. We will be challenging Elections Canada's interpretation in court."
Glover filed a challenge to the order in Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench on May 24. Bezan filed a challenge May 27.
In a statement, Bezan said Elections Canada has changed their interpretation of the rules regarding campaign returns.
"My campaign has complied with the Elections Canada Act. This is an accounting dispute between the campaign and Elections Canada. Elections Canada approved my campaign returns for the 2006 and 2008 elections but have now changed their interpretation, which is not consistent with the Act’s provisions. Elections Canada is not being fair or reasonable in their application of the Act."
Heather Bradley, spokeswoman for Speaker Andrew Scheer, said Scheer is awaiting the court decisions before taking any action.
John Enright, a spokesman for Elections Canada, said the request for an MP to be suspended is very rare.
"I've been here 25 years and I don't remember it happening before," he said.
Manitoba NDP MP Pat Martin said he is "flabbergasted" Mayrand felt he had to take this move.
"Good grief," he said. "This is extraordinary and unprecedented."
Martin said clearly Mayrand would not take this step lightly and he said Speaker Scheer should take the advice and suspend Glover and Bezan pending the outcome.
"I’m disappointed in the speaker’s reaction," said Martin. "It could be years in the courts. I guarantee you (the Conservative Party) will drag this out until the next election."

Walkthewalk

9:59 PM on 6/5/2013
It sure seems to take a lot for a Conservative to admit fault compared to members of other parties.


"Bezan said Elections Canada has changed their interpretation of the rules regarding campaign returns."


And I changed my interpretation on how good the Conservatives are at governing. From very bad to very very bad.

NORTHARPERGOVT.

8:26 PM on 6/5/2013
bezan goes back THREE Elections...con speaker andrew scheer is violating the law by letting them stay in the HoC!


But again, the law does not apply to the harper regime only to us minions.


JustWondering

1:01 PM on 6/5/2013
... we've always gotten away with this before ...


23702312

2:17 PM on 6/4/2013
As a policewoman how many times would Glover have heard I have done nothing wrong and how times would she have believed that statement. Now the tables are turned. The Speaker of the House of Commons should suspend Glover and Bezan. Why should there be exceptions for Glover and Bezan. They have obviously not filed returns like the other MPs had to do.


Beaker

2:57 PM on 6/4/2013
Bezan should be suspended for over-using his advertising budget alone! I live in his riding and every week we get at least one propoganda leaflet from his office. I would rather my tax money go to something useful as all these papers get either thrown in garbage or worse, on the ground, leading to increased polution around the community mailboxes. What a waste of money!


Norm Peterson

3:46 PM on 6/4/2013
Interesting timing.....Just received my bi-monthly highly partisan, "who do you trust" brochure from Shelly Glover. I can't help by think that it is inappropriate to use tax payers money to print this garbage and then mail it to her constituents.
Score: 4

beekpr1

4:39 PM on 6/4/2013
Your bobblehead's timing is impecable

and the door of the marsh opens

the light returns 
to the world
and the snow buffs up
the wrinkles
in reality to placid smoothness

the firs preen
their faces are powdered
in the mirror 
of the land they are well dressed 
the dear little tree by the side

of the garden
walks placidly
knee deep in ice
the park is full of silence
that is a bag that is placed there

I wait for the world
to be clean again
I see the sky with its mist mask
and the door of the marsh opens
the silver dreams of the night have vanished

for the stars are absent
and the moon lifts her head
from that dark pillow
to return to her boudoir
the silver and ashes are past

and the white lines
are placed delicately
to outline
the simple field
and the trees that stand

with their wicks burnt out
the light of the world is in the sky
and the candles of the trees
have been blown out
far away      the willows dance about the marsh

clutter of the cattails 
thrown about
and here within my home
the same clutter roams
in the piles of clothes


silver and ashes are the residues
of the night
 the light is a bulletin
of the good news
we are awake and we go forward

the far country
waits for us
the hard work of life 
will be over
and the resting place is given


surely one day---------Murchland said the Alberta Geological Survey, which is part of the AER, is studying the Jan. 22 event to understand likely causes.--------In the wake of the Jan. 22 earthquake, energy companies have not been told to change any of their activities. But Murchland said they are being reminded of their responsibility to ensure well control and subsurface integrity at all stages of drilling, completions and injection operations.-------“The question is: Is it all about profits, or do the people have any rights at all?” said Robert Freeman, 69, a retired Air Force contracting officer....----


the evolution of man
continues
and we foul
the nest
and the waters of life
surely one day    the matter will be evident to us?

in the heart 
we seek for what is best
but the ones who lead us
are bad
they are in bed with the oil and gas industry
that is amoral    like all corporations

in the end
it will be clear to us
that water is more important
than the money
that the water that cannot be used
that has been dumped deep down in the Earth was valuable

we will be visited
by what we refused to face
we are ruled by idiots
and we are part of this same decision
to ignore the problem
which is the water

http://www.ernstversusencana.ca/fracing-record-breaking-quaking-at-fox-creek-alberta-100-industry-controlled-no-duty-of-care-aer-fracing-backtracks

Fracing Record Breaking Quaking at Fox Creek Alberta? 100% Industry Controlled, “No Duty of Care” AER Fracing Backtracks

Fracking possible cause of 4.4-magnitude Fox Creek earthquake by David Howell, January 30, 2015, Edmonton Journal
The Alberta Energy Regulator is investigating an earthquake near Fox Creek this month that may be linked to hydraulic fracturing. On Jan. 22, the AER confirmed a “seismic event” with a magnitude of 4.4 on the Richter scale about 33 kilometres west of Fox Creek, which is 260 km northwest of Edmonton. There were no surface impacts and no damage was reported, AER spokesman Peter Murchland said via email Friday. [Would the oil and gas industry report damages caused by frac or drilling induced earthquakes?  Is anyone looking at the damages underground, surface water and to aquifers?]
“Preliminary information indicates the event may be related to hydraulic fracturing operations in the area,” Murchland said.
“It is, however, impossible to state that it was not a naturally occurring event.” [Integrity, "No Duty of Care" tongue twister?]
Reality check: This from the Tyee's interview with the AER's Peter Murchland a day previous:
"The location of the earthquake is consistent with being induced by hydraulic fracturing operations,"]
In 2014, an expert panel’s report on the environmental impacts of shale gas extraction in Canada found that while hydraulic fracturing has caused small earthquakes, seismic risks related to it are low in most regions. [The panel that publicly lies, promotes propagandaand left out of their review the most damning regulator and industry research and data? ]
A larger concern is the re-injection of waste water into the target formation after the hydraulic fracturing process has been completed, the panel found. Seismic risk caused by the injection of waste fluids can be larger than for hydraulic fracturing, but minimized by careful site selection and monitoring [This is standard industry escape hatch wording. IS "CAREFUL SITE SELECTION AND MONITORING" BY THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY TAKING PLACE IN CANADA? Industry selects their waste dumping sites to be as fast, easy and as cheap as possible. ] to ensure that excessive injection does not occur,” the panel said in its report, prepared for the federal government.
The Jan. 22 event was “one in a sequence of lower-level seismic events in the Crooked Lake area beginning in early January,” Murchland said. According to Natural Resources Canada, there were two significant earthquakes near Fox Creek in January. The [4.4 magnitude, the largest reportedly caused by hydraulic fracturing so far] Jan. 22 quake, which occurred at 11:49 p.m., was “lightly felt” in Fox Creek, the department said. At 9:06 a.m. on Jan. 14, a 3.8-magnitude earthquake was measured 38 km west of Fox Creek. There were no reports of damage “and none would be expected,” Natural Resources Canada said. It is considered highly unlikely that an earthquake with a magnitude less than 5.0 could cause any damage. [Who is checking underground?]
Murchland said the Alberta Geological Survey, which is part of the AER, is studying the Jan. 22 event to understand likely causes.
It occurred in a part of the Duvernay shale play where the AER is conducting a pilot project into play-based regulation. The pilot is seen as a first step in moving toward a proposed new [de]regulatory [one size fits all harms, 100% industry controlled, "No Duty of Care" blanket approval] framework for unconventional oil and gas development.
In the wake of the Jan. 22 earthquake, energy companies have not been told to change any of their activities. But Murchland said they are being reminded of their responsibility to ensure well control and subsurface integrity at all stages of drilling, completions and injection operations.
The Alberta Geological Survey uses 53 monitors to track seismic activity in the province. Since it began monitoring in 2010, it has added eight more seismic stations. Six are located in the Fox Creek area. Murchland said locations were chosen after modelling showed areas where lower-magnitude events could be detected.
From 1985 to 2010, Earthquakes Canada recorded 471 earthquakes in Alberta.
The majority were naturally occurring earthquakes in the foothills of the Rockies, but“clusters of activity have been observed in regions associated with gas production,” the Alberta Geological Survey says. Most Alberta earthquakes are minor. [How will the AER and industry  change their story next year?] They usually have a magnitude of less than 3.0 and aren’t felt except by people who are directly above the epicentre. [Emphasis added]
[Refer also to:
...
“The question is: Is it all about profits, or do the people have any rights at all?” said Robert Freeman, 69, a retired Air Force contracting officer....
...
Meanwhile, the state seismologist, Austin Holland, readily acknowledged that the industry has tried to influence his work — even as he and his colleague, Amberlee Darold, are pelted with “hate e-mail” from quake victims.
“I can’t really talk about it,” Holland said, taking a cigarette break from the dirty work of burying instruments near a cow pasture southwest of Oklahoma City. “I try not to let it affect the research and the science. We’re going to do the right thing.”
For the most part, Oklahoma oil companies and their representatives have declined to engage in the public debate. When industry representatives have ventured forth, they have denied responsibility for the quakes. At a luncheon hosted by the Oklahoma City Geological Society last summer, Glen Brown, a Continental Resources geologist, blamed a worldwide surge in seismic activity that has nothing to do with wastewater disposal. [Emphasis added]
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