Street Food Tuesdays
Posted on 2 September 2015 | 11:00 am
Serial numbers confirm wing debris is is from Flight MH370: official
Posted on 3 September 2015 | 3:33 pm
Senior gunned down by accident as neighbour's house targeted in Abbotsford shooting
Posted on 3 September 2015 | 4:17 pm
Skype 6.0 brings revamped design to both iOS and Android
Posted on 3 September 2015 | 4:12 pm
Some First Nations face cash crunch over lack of disclosures
Posted on 2 September 2015 | 10:41 pm
Official International Reserves
Posted on 3 September 2015 | 12:25 pm
This Guy Went Fishing With a Drone... And It Worked
Posted on 2 September 2015 | 8:50 pm
Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, September 3, 2015
Your news links for today:
- Vice News Employees Charged With Terrorism In Turkey... Because They Used Encryption - Techdirt
- Journalists arrested on terrorism charges in Turkey for using crypto software - Ars Technica
- Business Cable-Box Rentals: A Needless $19-Billion Industry. But letting customers buy their own would force cable companies to improve their equipment - The Altantic
- City-run ISP makes 10Gbps available to all residents and businesses - Ars Technica
- Study: Average Smartphone User Consumes 9.7GB Monthly - DSL Reports
- Videotron Music Service Violates Net Neutrality: Consumer Groups - iPhone in Canada
- Judge eager to re-enter NSA surveillance fight - Politico
- FBI agents admit to spying on the Burning Man festival - Daily Mail
All links compiled by OpenMedia.ca community member and volunteer Andrew Currie.
Posted on 3 September 2015 | 3:26 pm
The Climate of Clinton
Posted on 2 September 2015 | 2:00 pm
Andre De Grasse forgoing endorsement dollars to return to USC
De Grasse has said his mother wanted him to return to school to get his degree.
The post Andre De Grasse forgoing endorsement dollars to return to USC appeared first on Macleans.ca.
Posted on 3 September 2015 | 4:48 pm
Our Next Government Needs to Believe in a Strong Public Service
As a former senior public servant and engaged Canadian citizen, I find this lack of accountability very troubling. At the same time the government is expecting the highest level of accountability of public servants while often ignoring their advice or as in the case of scientists seemingly preventing them from disclosing to the public scientific evidence and facts about matters such as the environment and the state of fish stocks. Politicians have been accused of proposing measures to reduce public service benefits as a way of trying to gain voters sympathy. Yet accountability has not applied to all members of our organizations of governance.
Public servants are often criticized or maligned by members of the public. Recently a young woman said to me that public servants have an easy life, do not work hard and get great pay and benefits. Wow, maybe I should have looked for a public service that offers me such a life. Not the public service that I worked in for 25 years.
I have heard similar comments throughout my years in the public service and from politicians who wanted to feed on a misconception about the role of public servants. Governments sometimes trade on issues such as sick leave or mistakes to get voters sympathies. Public servants cannot defend themselves because they are not to be the face of government. Rather than complain about the number of sick days taken by members of the public service or engaging in a blame game, government members should be asking: "What is needed to create a healthy and creative public service within key accountability frameworks?"
For example, the government exhorts public servants to be creative and complains about a lack of creativity. At the same time they are putting in more rules and creating a culture that does not tolerate mistakes. From my experience, working in that kind of environment does not lend itself to creativity of the desired kind. It creates an environment of fear, unwillingness to take risks, hiding mistakes and therefore an inability to find the best solutions to very complex challenges.
Most of the public servants that I worked with were hard working, committed to public service and cared deeply about the challenges they faced in helping Canadians. Many worked long hours and public service executives certainly willingly worked as many hours as most executives in the private sector without the same level of compensation. Yes, like any organization the public service has some employees who do not work as hard nor are as effective as they could be in the workplace. I suggest, from my experience these employees are a very small minority of the public service.
While leading their departments, senior executives in the public service must have the courage to risk mistakes and find ways to serve the public better. Many of the senior leaders will speak "truth to power" even though it does not always make them popular. While ministers make the final decisions on tough policy choices, the public service over the years has offered sage advice. Ministers do not have time to do the required research but public servants can, when there is a relationship of trust, provide the necessary advice to help a minister feel more assured about his/her final choices made along with their cabinet colleagues.
I worked with many great ministers from different parties who valued my advice and I felt respected and happy to work even harder to give them the best support possible in making their often very difficult public policy choices. As public servants we felt trusted and a part of helping to resolve complex public policy challenges.
Public servants believe in accountability and service to the public and their ministers. That is not the issue. Rather it is when rules are so abundant that they cross the line between accountability and immobilization of the ability to act effectively in the public interest. When public servants are not asked for advice, are blamed for mistakes, feel a lack of trust and are subject to excess rules, their health and well-being are affected. Add to that a negative public perception and we can see the reasons for high levels of stress.
When you are committed to making a difference and serving the public, yet do not feel heard nor trusted it's demoralizing. Watching a lack of accountability in the senate and in the PM's office equally cannot be good for morale. Canada's public service has a proud history and has been recognized as world leader in terms of impartiality and offering great advice to ministers. Whichever party forms the next government, it is imperative that they take accountability seriously and create an environment of trust with the public service. Canada needs a creative, healthy and trusted public service and a government that holds themselves accountable.
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Posted on 2 September 2015 | 4:58 pm
Explosion brings down smokestacks at Dalhousie generating station
Posted on 3 September 2015 | 4:11 pm
#167 The sound of the needle hitting the record
We didn’t used to download. Nope, after spending a few weeks saving money from mowing lawns, shoveling driveways, or delivering papers it was time to get on a creaky bus and head downtown to the record shop. After walking around … Continue reading
Posted on 2 September 2015 | 4:01 am
Mistresses finale ‘gave me chills’, says Jes Macallan
Posted on 2 September 2015 | 4:01 pm
MUJI to open massive store in Mississauga
MUJI, meaning "no brand, quality goods," stocks a variety of furniture, houseware, clothing, stationery and and assortment of miscellaneous goods at competitive prices. It currently has one outlet in Canada, which is located in the Atrium on Bay.
The Square One store -- set to open in November, according to Retail Insider -- will be nearly 1,000 square-feet bigger than its Yonge and Dundas outpost. It'll feature an expanded furniture section as well as children's clothing and food, two items MUJI doesn't sell at its original Toronto outpost.
Along with its foray into Mississauga, MUJI plans to open up to eight additional stores in Canada within the next five years. And don't forget Japanese retailer Uniqlo is finally going to arrive in Toronto in 2016. This massive clothing emporium is slated to open at the Eaton Centre and Yorkdale Mall.
Are you happy MUJI's expanding? Let us know in the comments.
Photo by Jesse Milns.
Posted on 3 September 2015 | 5:45 pm
World's 10 most picturesque hill towns
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Posted on 3 September 2015 | 4:00 pm
This little boy drowned off the shores of Turkey. His family was trying to reach Vancouver
Posted on 3 September 2015 | 1:48 pm
An Interview with Safety Cat
Chances are that if you’ve been in the western reaches of the Annex these past few months, you’ve seen Safety Cat. The neon orange-vested feline, whose real name is Scratchy, has become something of a community fixture. He’s even gotten real dead-tree media coverage for his “wonderfully goofy” contribution to community spirit. With Safety Cat […]
Posted on 3 September 2015 | 4:30 pm
We're on Summer Hiatus - No new Podcasts until September
Posted on 30 June 2015 | 4:00 am
History suggests Mulcair will run a deficit
Posted on 3 September 2015 | 5:12 am
Balanced Budget Myopia Breaks Both Ways
Posted on 31 August 2015 | 5:37 pm
Are you old enough to remember Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh?
In 1981 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh spent $5.75 million on a remote piece of property in Oregon and invested millions more to build Rajneeshpuram as a spiritual retreat for thousands of his red-frocked followers.
A few years later some of his followers were convicted of infecting salad bars with Salmonella, as well as other crimes: arson, wiretapping, immigration fraud, election fraud and attempted murder.
Posted on 18 July 2015 | 12:11 pm
Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz Is Wonderfully Weird
Posted on 2 September 2015 | 9:53 pm
Man fined for harassing swimming deer in B.C.
Man fined for harassing deer in B.C.
Posted on 3 September 2015 | 12:40 pm
A very Canadian miscarriage of justice: Judge ruled offside for assault conviction based on hockey knowledge
Posted on 3 September 2015 | 3:03 am
A marine creature's magic trick explained
Tiny ocean creatures known as sea sapphires perform a sort of magic trick as they swim: One second they appear in splendid iridescent shades of blue, purple or green, and the next they may turn invisible (at least the blue ones turn completely transparent). How do they get their bright colors and what enables them to "disappear?" New research at the Weizmann Institute has solved the mystery of these colorful, vanishing creatures, which are known scientifically as Sapphirinidae. The findings, which recently appeared in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, could inspire the development of new optical technologies.
Posted on 2 September 2015 | 9:04 pm
Sony Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium Canadian specs, pricing and availability
Posted on 2 September 2015 | 6:45 pm
Elliptical Galaxies --"More Likely to Be the Cradles of Life in the Universe"
Posted on 2 September 2015 | 3:45 pm
Macbeth Official Trailer
Posted on 3 September 2015 | 5:30 am