View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley THE CRACKS ARE STARTING TO SHOW MP’s dealing with Auditor General Over Expenses – May 19, 2010

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley THE CRACKS ARE STARTING TO SHOW MP’s dealing with Auditor General Over Expenses – May 19, 2010

The cracks are starting to show. Cornwall ON – MPs from all parties are really feeling the heat from voters over the refusal of the Board of Internal Economy to open MPs books to an audit by Sheila Fraser. Cracks are starting to appear in the ranks of our MPs, as some are now suggesting […]

John Milnes Letter to Ontario Liberal Minister Deb Matthews on Generic Drug Pharmacy Wars – Cornwall Ontario – May 19, 2010

John Milnes Letter to Ontario Liberal Minister Deb Matthews on Generic Drug Pharmacy Wars – Cornwall Ontario – May 19, 2010

The Honourable Deb Matthews, Ontario Minister of Health & Long Term Care, Queen’s Park,  Toronto, Ontario. 17 May, 2010 Ref: The Pharmaceutical Professional Allowance Furore Dear Minister: This is an open letter to you and all others who may have become embroiled in this issue.  To commence I do believe YOU took the correct course […]

View from the Hill by Keith Beardsley – MPs Running from the Auditor General – Cornwall Ontario – May 18, 2010

View from the Hill by Keith Beardsley – MPs Running from the Auditor General – Cornwall Ontario – May 18, 2010

Cornwall ON – There are media reports that the Auditor General in Nova Scotia has called in the RCMP to investigate four former members and one sitting member of the Nova Scotia legislature. No surprise then that our federal MPs turned tail and ran at even the suggestion that Shelia Fraser look at their books. […]

Komorowski’s Korner – US Congress Votes in Favour of Upgrading US Homes – Cornwall Ontario – May 17, 2010

Komorowski’s Korner – US Congress Votes in Favour of Upgrading US Homes – Cornwall Ontario – May 17, 2010

US Congress Votes in Favour of Upgrading US Homes Cornwall ON – Recently the Harper Government suddenly cancelled the ecoENERGY Retrofit Program, which was designed to help homeowners and landlords upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes. Among things which were eligible for a grant were energy efficient furnaces and hot water heaters, energy efficient […]

Board of Internal Economy rejects Auditor General’s Request to Open Books – View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – May 15, 2010

Board of Internal Economy rejects Auditor General’s Request to Open Books – View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – May 15, 2010

Cornwall ON – We now know where our MPs stand on being open and accountable. The Board of Internal Economy has rejected a request by the Auditor General to look at their expenses. Am I the only one who thinks that smells? This is the 21st Century, not the 18th when they would not have […]

Harper Government VS CBC – View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – May 14, 2010

Harper Government VS CBC – View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – May 14, 2010

Cornwall ON – Today, we have another round of Conservative CBC bashing. Really, what does it accomplish? While it is an interesting “channel changer”, a tactical move to distract from the Jaffer-Guergis Affair and detainee documents, how many votes will it switch to the Conservative cause?  On a positive note the Conservatives have managed to […]

June 28th – Pension Time for MP’s – View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – May 13, 2010

June 28th – Pension Time for MP’s – View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – May 13, 2010

Cornwall ON – One interesting but over-looked side story in the present impasse over the Afghan documents is that magical date of June 28th. The importance of this date was flagged in a story by CanWest on September 13, 2009. This is the date that some 74 MPs will qualify for their pension as they […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Helena Guergis: Stand By Your Man – May 11, 2010 Cornwall Ontario

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Helena Guergis: Stand By Your Man – May 11, 2010 Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON- It was good theatre. I am referring of course to the Helena Guergis interview on TV. The script played out exactly as one would have expected with a calm, at times teary eyed Guergis defending herself, her reputation and her husband. The only thing missing was “Stand by your Man” playing in the […]

Letter to the Editor – Russell Barth – RE: Project Paradigm Nabs Marijuana Haul in North Lancaster Ontario – May 9, 2010

Letter to the Editor – Russell Barth – RE: Project Paradigm Nabs Marijuana Haul in North Lancaster Ontario – May 9, 2010

To The Editor, RE: Project Paradigm Nabs Marijuana Haul in North Lancaster Ontario 269 budding marijuana plants, 600 harvested plants, 25 pounds of bud, blah blah frickin’ blah. This is a drop in an ocean. Worse than that, every bust, big or small, is a subsidy to the 95% of growers and dealers who will […]

Letter to the Editor from Brian Lynch – Cost of the HST to Families in Ontario – May 7, 2010 – Cornwall Ontario

Letter to the Editor from Brian Lynch – Cost of the HST to Families in Ontario – May 7, 2010 – Cornwall Ontario

Dear Editor: The McGuinty Government’s Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) will cost the average Ontario family almost $800 a year, according to a study released by Andrea Horwath, leader of the Ontario NDP, on May 4. Using Statistics Canada’s “Social Policy Simulation Database and Model”, the Ontario NDP examined the HST’s financial impact on Ontario families. […]

Kevin Parkinson – Reality Check – CIBC Visa Cardholders Charged More Interest in Ontario than in Quebec – Cornwall Ontario – May 7, 2010

Kevin Parkinson – Reality Check – CIBC Visa Cardholders Charged More Interest in Ontario than in Quebec – Cornwall Ontario – May 7, 2010

CIBC Visa Cardholders Charged More Interest in Ontario than in Quebec Cornwall ON –In the April CIBC VISA card statements, an updated Cardholder Agreement was enclosed explaining some recent changes. Written in legal language that is difficult to read and understand, as of September 1, 2010 cardholders will be paying more interest on their purchases. […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Question Period Reform Part 3: Civility Required – May 7, 2010

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Question Period Reform Part 3: Civility Required – May 7, 2010

Cornwall ON – As mentioned previously MP Michael Chong has taken on the daunting task of trying to reform Question Period. One proposal which will be very controversial is the suggestion that the Prime Minister only show up one day a week, on Wednesday. The catch is that he would answer all questions for the […]

Letter to the Editor – Scrapping the Long Gun Registry – Earle Macpherson – Cornwall Ontario – May 7, 2010

Letter to the Editor – Scrapping the Long Gun Registry – Earle Macpherson – Cornwall Ontario – May 7, 2010

Scrap the Useless long gun Registry Can you just imagine that the registry has cost so far since it was introduced over 2 Billion dollars, that’s a 2 with nine zeros(2,000,000,000). Picture the number of diagnostic procedures and on time scheduled surgery’s that the people of Canada could have received and the number of lives […]

Earth Matters by Jacqueline Milner – A plastic-film-less food shopping journey – May 7, 2010 – Cornwall Ontario

Earth Matters by Jacqueline Milner – A plastic-film-less food shopping journey – May 7, 2010 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – I have begun the plastic-film-less food shopping journey.  I said in the last Earth Matters column that I would begin mid-May…well I started early.  I was concerned about being able to find a nutritious whole grain bread without plastic to replace a wonderful product that we currently purchase off the shelf in […]

Question Period Reform Part 2: Just Answer the Question by Keith Beardsley – View From the Hill – May 6, 2010

Question Period Reform Part 2: Just Answer the Question by Keith Beardsley – View From the Hill – May 6, 2010

Question Period Reform Part 2: Just Answer the Question Cornwall ON – Michael Chong’s Motion 517 to reform Question Period will be debated later this month. While it only directs the Procedures and House Affairs committee to study his proposals, they offer a glimmer of hope that perhaps Question Period can still be saved. Question Period […]