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Pension changes ahead this fall

September 7, 2009
Pension changes ahead this fall

The climate is ripe for changes in pensions in Canada and throughout the developed world. This fall numerous government and public policy groups will be examining, dissecting and discussing pension reform. Leo at the Pension Pulse reported on a BBC report about the Labour party proposing limits to the amount of pensions that public...
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B.C. throne speech signals public sector instability

August 29, 2009
B.C. throne speech signals public sector instability

It is always interesting to watch the press releases from one of Canada’s major unions, the NUPGE. Despite the current economic times they steadfastly refuse to sacrifice for the economic well being of Canada. The most recent comment from the NUPGE (National Union of Public and General Employees) is called B.C. throne speech signals...
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The Double Dip Party Continues

August 19, 2009
The Double Dip Party Continues

A news article caught my attention today. Pension + Salary — how’s that for a “retention bonus”? It is an issue that is rising is concern across the US. My hope is that it will soon be addressed in Canada as well. My recent blog called Canada promotes double dipping covered the basics of...
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August 18, 2009

There are a few groups that are fighting for taxpayers to make sure that government stay accountable to the taxpayer. One of the groups that I respect is the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. Occasionally they bring an interesting pension situation to my attention. A pension they brought to my attention is the Saskatchewan Healthcare Employees...
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Union Dust up!

August 12, 2009
Union Dust up!

Unions have taken advantage of poor economic times to strong arm governments into luxurious settlements. It is a strategy that may have been misdirected. Especially as we are just around the corner from a major pension war. Recently the NUPGE The National Union of PUBLIC and General Workers published an article complaining about the...
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California Pension Dust Up!

August 9, 2009
California Pension Dust Up!

Last week I wrote Pension Reform In California about pensions reform in California. What happens in California will have an impact on pensions across North America. On Thursday in the Los Angeles Times there was an article called Why did Schwarzenegger bail on pension reform? The article speaks about Schwarzenegger backing out of a...
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Canada promotes double dipping when most governments are eliminating it!

August 6, 2009
Canada promotes double dipping when most governments are eliminating it!

As the slogan for Red Rose tea says… Only in Canada Eh! Jonathan Chevreau of the Wealthy Boomer and the National Post recently created a video that described how the Canadian government promoted double-dipping to Canadian public sector employees. Phased retirement video This is a scheme that was hatched in the federal budget in...
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Pension Reform in California

August 3, 2009
Pension Reform in California

California has always been a bell weather state for most trends that travel across North America. The pension crisis is a new trend where California has become the leader. California is the largest state and its pension funds are the biggest in the country. The population in California population is larger than Canada. The...
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Where is the outrage over pensions?

August 2, 2009
Where is the outrage over pensions?

Veracruz Farmers in Mexico For some time I have been following the blog of Leo Kolivakis called Pension Pulse. Leo runs an insightful commentary on current pension issues. The last issue of Leo’s Blog asked where the outrage was over the current meltdown of the North American pension. There should be outrage over the...
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Tales from the other side of the aging catastrophe

July 28, 2009
Tales from the other side of the aging catastrophe

A recent article entitled Gray Menace – Why Japan’s aging, shrinking population is bad for the United States was written about the impact of an aging population base in Japan. The article provides a good overview of the implication of Japans aging society. Japan is the grayest country in the world, with 21.5 percent...
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