The Alberta School Boards Association spent more than $41,000 on staff gifts, meals, recognition and events planning between 2012 and 2014.
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Video killed the radio star. But it's Peter Fassbender who is about to kill the independent civic politician.
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During 10 days of public meetings, special interest groups demanded $18.6 billion from the provincial government. It's 40 per cent of the province's annual budget. It's more than B.C. spends on health care. It's a ridiculous amount of money.
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Here's the truth about politician pay. Some are grossly overpaid for the work they do, while some are terribly underpaid. But that distinction is very much in the eye of the beholder.
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They're coming first for your devilish Coca-Cola and Pepsi. But they aren't stopping there. They also want taxes on sugary fruit juice (you sinister Sun-Rype suckers!), and anything else that tastes slightly better than water. It won't end -- because big government types truly believe higher taxes can solve every problem -- there's no evidence it will work.
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What long-term health benefits would occur if government built $7.5 million in school playgrounds? Or spent $7.5 million cutting waitlists for surgery? Or made sure people had timely access to family physicians? Or improved rural or aboriginal drinking water quality to reduce the dozens of boil water advisories in effect across B.C. right now? Or any of a hundred other ideas.
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No more poodles on poles, no more $40,000 TVs, no more leasing empty buildings, no more TransLink vanity projects.
The lack of accountability on many reserves is why the Canadian Taxpayers Federation worked with grassroots band members to push for the new First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA). Among other things, the law requires chiefs and councillors to disclose their pay publicly.
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City bureaucracies are a bit like junk drawers -- they need a good purging every once in a while.
Nothing is quite as popular as a tax on someone else. Vancouver's mayor knows this, and that's why he is pitching tax hikes on overseas property buyers, despite a notable lack of data...
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While we scrimp and sacrifice and pay our taxes to ostensibly fund critical services like public safety, health and education; politicians line up to spend it on flashy ads designed to help them get more votes.
American and Canadian transit opponents paint themselves as populist supporters of the common people, a tactic also used against carbon pricing. They fail to note that poor and middle class families will benefit most from public transit and other sustainable transportation options. To reduce pollution and address global warming, we must do everything we can, from conserving energy to shifting to cleaner energy sources. Improving transportation and transit infrastructure is one of the easiest ways to do so while providing more options for people to get around.
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The No Translink Tax campaign unveiled its new website Thursday, with some dramatic visuals to get its point across. The site is protesting the possibility of a 0.5 per cent provincial sales tax (PST)...
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through B.C.
The pipeline wars were stirring, even over LNG
VICTORIA - Metro Vancouver residents will soon know if there will be a regional referendum asking them to approve tax increases for new and improved transit projects.Transportation Minister Todd Stone...
If these expenses are an example of presidents acting frugally in the face of funding shortfalls, taxpayers should be very concerned.
Not to sound like the grumpy parents of two love-struck teenagers, but there is a whole lot more to consider before taxpayers give their approval to such a wedding.
Instead of focusing on ways to con the taxpayer into handing more money over via dodgy claims and ballot questions, TransLink apologists should focus on addressing executive pay, delivering projects like Compass Card as promised, and curbing waste.
A coalition of low-tax advocacy groups recently put out a report analyzing what high income taxes on hockey players mean for NHL teams. And, naturally, they had nothing positive to say about taxes. Th...
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This revenue -- which doesn't include corporate taxes, property taxes, sales tax or a myriad of other taxes B.C. residents are charged -- pays for things that benefit people far outside the Canuck dressing room. The Canuck players' income tax bill alone covers roughly the cost of 600 young teachers - or 425 Vancouver police officers.
If you're a Vancouver property taxpayer, a chill should be running down your spine.
You may not realize it, but you're drowning in debt. In fact, we all are.
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WINNIPEG - When Progressive Conservative Larry Maguire quit the Manitoba legislature to run for a federal seat, he received $85,564 in transition pay under a formula that was enhanced after the last p...
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An important travel advisory for provincial politicians headed to this week's Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) conference in Whistler: keep a close eye on your government issued credit cards.
Taxpayers deserve to know why these projects are going over budget, why they are failing, and precisely what government plans to do about it.
How do these chiefs get away with making so much money? In part, because very few people actually knew they made that much. For a lot of bands, politician salaries were a closely-guarded secret.
Some taxpayers’ groups say Canada’s employment insurance system is turning into little more than a cash cow for the federal government, a tax disguised as an insurance premium. The latest data on EI a...
The CRD's financial management of Seaterra has been Seaterr-ible since the start. It's time for the regional district to give taxpayers the true, detailed cost implications of this massive plan, and for Esquimalt taxpayers to put the CRD's letter in the recycle bin -- where it belongs.
Take a $15 bottle of wine, for example. In B.C., we pay $7.11 for the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) markup tax, 60 cents in other LDB fees, and 94 cents in Provincial Sales Tax -- a total of $8.65 in taxes. That means when British Columbians buy a bottle of wine, they actually pay more in taxes and markup than for the actual drink itself.
Whatever the final government deal is with the B.C. Teachers Federation (BCTF), and whenever it's settled, the BCTF must quit opposing economic growth if it ever hopes to accomplish its long-term salary and class size goals.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is asking why Jim Prentice's expense records were destroyed from his time as federal cabinet minister. The watchdog group made a freedom of information request...