FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The most recent honeymoon at the gas pumps is apparently either over or about to end for Canadian motorists.Gas Buddy.com senior analyst Dan McTeague says the problem is another shift in market management in the U.S. and because our government, more than three decades ago, decided to make this country American refinery dependent it’s time to pay the price again.- Advertisement -As of early today, the BC average price — still the highest provincial average in the country — was up to 98.7 cents a litre which represented a one day increase of nearly three cents.However, Fort St. John retail stations had not yet followed the increase lead, and the common posted price in the city was actually below the provincial average at 96.9 cents.Meantime, in Alberta, where the average price had dropped to 65 cents a litre on Tuesday, the Gas Buddy monitor recorded a jump yesterday to more than 72 cents a litre, although by this morning it was back to 70 cents, and again the lowest average in the country.The three Prairie Provinces are now the only ones below 85 cents a litre and the National Average is up three cents to 87.7 cents.Advertisement According to the Gas Buddy monitor Dawson Creek is the only centre in the BC Peace below that with a couple of stations at 85.6 cents, and three more at 85.9 cents.
Donegal man John Downey, who stands accused of the murder of two UDR soldiers, has been refused bail again. Downey appeared at Belfast Magistrates’ Court today for a renewed bail application, the Belfast Telegraph reports. However, the 67-year-old’s application was denied, despite an unprecedented amount of cash and realisable property being offered.Downey, who has an address in Creeslough Co. Donegal, is charged with murdering two British soldiers in an IRA bomb attack in Enniskillen in 1972. He was extradited to the UK after handing himself into gardaí in October.The bail application heard that £225,000 in cash and a further £500,000 in equity was proposed as sureties. Downey’s defence also said he proposed to live in a property in Belfast belonging to a Sinn Féin Councillor.The application was refused by District Judge Peter Magill.Read more at: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/john-downey-bail-refused-despite-offer-to-live-with-sinn-fein-councillor-and-750k-surety-38716730.htmlJohn Downey’s renewed bail application refused was last modified: December 20th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
In an effort to enhance professionalism in the public service, the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) is now implementing a public sector learning framework. The framework will also outline the competencies that public service officers need to have, and highlight the competencies that are needed within the pathway up to the senior level of each professional grouping. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at MIND, Dr. Ruby Brown, speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, said the new framework has eight pillars, including the establishment of a learning and development policy for the public sector. Story Highlights In an effort to enhance professionalism in the public service, the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) is now implementing a public sector learning framework.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at MIND, Dr. Ruby Brown, speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, said the new framework has eight pillars, including the establishment of a learning and development policy for the public sector.Another pillar will deal with the minimum level of training that any public service officer ought to have within any year.Additionally, she said the framework speaks to professional pathways, ensuring that every job within the public service falls within a particular professional grouping.The framework will also outline the competencies that public service officers need to have, and highlight the competencies that are needed within the pathway up to the senior level of each professional grouping.She said this will be the competency framework pillar.“While we know that leadership would be a key competence, given the importance of it for the transformation that is envisaged for the public service, it has been itemised also as a pillar under the framework,” Dr. Brown said.Information and communications technology (ICT) is another pillar, as all the other pillars rely on the requisite ICT.“With the ICT pillar, at any point in time a public officer, or his or her manager can see how he or she is progressing in terms of development along a professional pathway using these,” she said.“Based on this pillar also, Government officials will be able to see how many persons we have across the public sector who are trained in a particular area,” Dr. Brown added.The CEO emphasised that the framework will anchor and sustain the transformation.Another pillar of the framework will be Government Learning needs analysis,which is a comprehensive analysis to determine the gaps in knowledge competency within the public service.The final pillar will be the orientation and reorientation of public sector workers, Dr. Brown noted.This will include new employees to the public service receiving a standard orientation of the public sector; gaining knowledge about Government formation, and reporting relationships. Additionally, existing staff will be reoriented.The CEO said that implementation should take approximately three years, and that MIND has been working with the Cabinet office; the Ministry of Finance and other key stakeholders for the implementation.
OTTAWA — A proposed class action has been filed against the government of Alberta on behalf of Indigenous women who say they were subjected to forced sterilizations.The lawsuit seeks $500 million in damages, plus an additional $50 million in punitive damages, and has been brought on behalf of all Indigenous women sterilized in Alberta without their prior and informed consent before Dec. 14 this year.The claim alleges Alberta — including senior officials and ministers— had specific knowledge of widespread coerced sterilizations perpetrated on Indigenous women.It also alleges the government turned a blind eye to that conduct and breached its fiduciary responsibilities.Celeste Poltak, a lawyer with the Toronto-based firm Koskie Minsky LLP, says the coerced sterilization of Indigenous women is “yet another dark chapter” in the relationship between governments and Indigenous Peoples.A proposed class action is also underway in Saskatchewan that names the Saskatoon Health Authority, the Saskatchewan government, the federal government and a handful of medical professionals as defendants.The Canadian Press