Civil servants share $6B 'severance' without losing jobs | CBC News
The Harper government is in the process of handing out a jaw-dropping $6 billion in special "severance" cheques — plus a pay raise — to hundreds of thousands of federal workers who aren't losing their jobs or even changing desks.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) released documents today showing the cost of negotiating dams in northern Manitoba has now skyrocketed to $220 million ($223,600,000 including Bipole III). In the past, whistleblowers raised concerns about some of the funds being used to pay people to attend meetings and door prizes such as Xboxes, TVs and deepfreezes.
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews appears less concerned about the quality of spells cast from behind bars than he is about a backlash from taxpayers, cancelling a Corrections Canada tender for a priest to nurture the spiritual needs of witches in prison. Earlier this week, the federal prison agency put out a request for a proposal for a Wiccan chaplain in British Columbia who would provide about 17 hours of service a month.
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On any given day, 19,000 public servants are booked off work on some kind of sick leave. Federal employees were absent 12.5 days last year – twice the average rate of the employees in the private sector. Sick leave climbed steadily over the past decade and the value of banked sick leave is said to be more than $5,000,000,000.
A penny for your thoughts on the penny? More like 5.6 million of them. The federal government and Royal Canadian Mint spent about $56,000 to have Finance Minister Jim Flaherty stamp the final Canadian penny produced for circulation during a news conference in May at the Mint in Winnipeg.