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  • Weakening of Old Age Security | Public Service Alliance of Canada | National Capital Region
    announced that the Old Age Security OAS program would be weakened Under the changes eligibility for OAS is being pushed up two years from 65 to 67 years These unnecessary changes will have a significant impact on poverty rates amongst Canadian seniors Tweet Public Service Cuts Sub Topics Aviation safety Employment Insurance Environment Food inspection Old Age Security Veterans Affairs Receive our E Newsletter Receive our e newsletter and stay

    Original URL path: http://ncr-rcn.psacadmin.ca/topics/public-service-cuts/old-age-security (2015-04-05)
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  • Cutbacks in food inspection | Public Service Alliance of Canada | National Capital Region
    working for the CFIA have lost their jobs since the end of March 2012 including 100 food safety inspectors A critical situation As a result of the cutbacks imposed to date the number of food safety inspectors is lower than it was in 2008 when the Maple Leaf listeriosis crisis broke out And yet according to an investigative report the shortage of food safety inspectors played an important role in the occurrence of this crisis which claimed the lives of 22 people Inspection deficit To reduce costs the CFIA has given more responsibility to the food industry to police its own safety practices It asks companies to develop and implement their own risk control systems all the while reducing on site inspections The result inspectors spend more time reviewing reports produced by the companies themselves then monitoring the way things are actually running in food plants For many experts the incidents at Maple Leaf in 2008 and at XL Foods in 2012 demonstrate the shortcomings of such an approach And a lot more Several other CFIA programs and procedures have been eliminated or diminished as a way of reducing spending including the pre market approval of meat labels the verification

    Original URL path: http://ncr-rcn.psacadmin.ca/topics/public-service-cuts/food-inspection (2015-04-05)
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  • Cutbacks in aviation safety | Public Service Alliance of Canada | National Capital Region
    how many inspectors and engineers it will need to conduct inspections under the new surveillance approach envisioned by the plan 5 73 Lax risk assessment Transport Canada is missing key risk information and has no formal process in place to collect that data In addition Transport Canada has little or no information on some important risk indicators 5 36 The situation in 2012 2013 Even fewer inspections Transport Canada now wants the frequency of surveillance to reflect available resources Thus due to a lack of resources the aim of an annual inspection for each aviation company has been abandoned in 2012 The interval between inspections now varies depending on the company and can be as long as five years Acknowledged shortage of inspectors Transport Canada acknowledges that they are short around 100 civil aviation inspectors This shortage which has existed for many years is due to difficulties in recruiting and retaining personnel In fact many inspectors prefer working for the private sector where salaries are higher Persistently poor workforce panning Despite requests from the Office of the Auditor General in 2008 and 2012 Transport Canada has not yet assessed the number of inspectors and engineers required to ensure adequate oversight of civil aviation In a report published in March 2013 the Standing Committee on Public Accounts consequently directed the Department to do so by June of 2013 recommendation 3 Questionable risk management Transport Canada says that inspections are now planned at intervals of between one and five years after a detailed risk analysis However as recently as November of 2012 the Department was unable to specify the number of aviation companies judged to be high risk And now more cuts To correct these deficiencies in the oversight of civil aviation additional investment is necessary Nevertheless the aviation safety program of

    Original URL path: http://ncr-rcn.psacadmin.ca/topics/public-service-cuts/aviation-safety (2015-04-05)
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  • Environment protection: deregulation and cuts | Public Service Alliance of Canada | National Capital Region
    its approaches to numerous environmental issues have major weaknesses as has been repeatedly reported by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development The Commissioner has criticized the government for among other things its management of the environmental risks associated with gas oil and nuclear projects as well as its greenhouse gas reduction practices In fact the Commissioner has stated that he is concerned that the resource boom is outpacing environmental safeguards Who benefits All of these cuts to environmental protection have a common objective explicitly laid out in the Harper government s Economic Action Plan to make Canada the most attractive country in the world for resource investment and development Need we say more The Conservative approach to the environment a few examples Environmental assessments crippled The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act CEAA revised in 2012 has been significantly weakened For example only certain types of national projects described as designated are subject to an assessment and fewer environmental effects are considered than under the former Act As a result of these two changes close to 3000 assessments were cancelled when the new CEAA came into force in 2012 because they did not correspond with the criteria in the new law Aquatic ecosystems threatened Changes made to section 35 of the Fisheries Act put aquatic ecosystems at risk When these changes take effect on a date which has yet to be announced the prohibition on altering a fish s habitat will be replaced with a prohibition on causing serious harm to fish that are part of a commercial recreational or Aboriginal fishery or to fish that support such a fishery This means that only fished species will be truly protected and not the ecosystems they depend upon for their survival No protection for over 99 of waterways The Navigable Waters

    Original URL path: http://ncr-rcn.psacadmin.ca/topics/public-service-cuts/environment (2015-04-05)
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  • Conservative Economic Action Plan: success or disaster? | Public Service Alliance of Canada | National Capital Region
    quite the opposite Canada is rapidly slipping behind 67 000 fewer jobs by 2017 In its April 2013 Economic Outlook the independent Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer PBO cautioned that the Conservative Economic Action Plan will lead to a reduction of 67 000 jobs across Canada by 2017 Read the PBO Economic and Fiscal Outlook report here Help spread the word Download our Facebook cover image 851x315 pixels 31 increase in food bank use The 2012 Hunger Count report by Food Bank Canada which represents food banks across the country revealed that food bank use grew by 31 between 2008 and 2012 Just in March 2012 882 188 people received food from a food bank Read the 2012 Hunger Count Report here Help spread the word Download our Facebook cover image 851x315 pixels 150 billion increase in federal debt The Conservatives inherited a surplus from the Liberals when they first came to power in 2006 but rather than focussing on ensuring the long term health of the economy they cut corporate taxes and the HST thereby reducing revenue that could have served as an effective cushion against future recessions As a result of this poor planning the economic downturn of 2008 quickly led to the surplus turning into a massive deficit Since 2008 Canada s debt has increased by over 150 billion and hit a peak of 600 billion in the fall of 2012 all under the watch of the Harper Conservatives Surpluses and Deficits 2006 13 8B 2007 9 6B 2008 5 8B 2009 55 6B 2010 33 3B 2011 26 2B 2012 25 9B Help spread the word Download our Facebook cover image 851x315 pixels Record household debt In March 2013 Statistics Canada reported that household debt in Canada reached a new record at 165 of disposable

    Original URL path: http://ncr-rcn.psacadmin.ca/economy/economic-action-plan/conservative-economic-action-plan-success-or-disaster (2015-04-05)
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  • Comités | Alliance de la Fonction publique du Canada | Région de la capitale nationale
    Outaouais CRAPO Comité d action des membres ayant un handicap Comité régional des femmes francophones de la RCN Comité régional des femmes d Ottawa Comité d action des membres raciaux visibles Comité des communications Comité d éducation Comité de soutien à l action des hommes Fierté Comité des jeunes travailleurs Comité de santé et de sécurité Tweet Abonnez vous à notre liste de diffusion Recevez notre journal interactif et demeurez

    Original URL path: http://ncr-rcn.psacadmin.ca/fr/notre-organisation/comit%C3%A9s (2015-04-05)
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  • Aboriginal Action Circle | Public Service Alliance of Canada | National Capital Region
    Principles on Aboriginal Peoples Rights When we meet There is a meeting in the region at 5 30 at 15 Holland in the Ottawa regional office every fourth Wednesday of the month A smudging ceremony takes place at 5 p m Current representatives Co Chair Tony Nicolas fallen angel at rogers dot com Co Chair Vacant Representative to the National Human Rights Committee John Henri Commanda jhcommanda at gmail dot com jhcommanda at gmail dot com Secretary Vacant Treasurer Toni Mathews tlmathews pl at hotmail dot com Tweet Aboriginal Action Circle minutes of November 2014 AAC Jan 16 2015 Aboriginal Action Circle AGM draftminutes of November 2014 AAC Jan 16 2015 Zero Tolerance on Racism by Albert Dumont Dec 22 2014 Aboriginal Action Circle Fall 2014 Retreat Sep 27 2014 Aboriginal Action Circle 2014 Report Apr 10 2014 AAC Term of Reference Apr 3 2014 Aboriginal Action Circle Recruitment Poster AAC Mar 10 2014 Aboriginal Action Circle minutes of December 2013 AAC Mar 4 2014 Aboriginal Action Circle minutes of October 2013 AAC Feb 10 2014 Aboriginal Action Circle minutes of September 2013 AAC Feb 10 2014 1 2 next last Aboriginal Action Circle Terms of reference Upcoming Aboriginal Action

    Original URL path: http://ncr-rcn.psacadmin.ca/our-organization/committees/aboriginal-action-circle (2015-04-05)
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  • Communications Committee | Public Service Alliance of Canada | National Capital Region
    Larry Lavitt Chair For more information on the activities of the Communications Committee please contact the President Larry Lavitt at the following email address larry dot lavitt at gmail dot com or Louise Patrice PatriceL at psac afpc dot com or 819 777 4746 Tweet Communications Committee 2013 Report May 30 2013 Committee Report Communications EN January 2013 Jan 25 2013 A response to Pierre Poilievre s statements on union

    Original URL path: http://ncr-rcn.psacadmin.ca/our-organization/committees/communications (2015-04-05)
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