March 21, 2016

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Nova Scotia Sen. Terry Mercer ordered to pay back one-third of expenses

Ottawa CitizenNova Scotia Liberal Sen. Terry Mercer will have to repay more than a third of the nearly $30,000 in questionable expenses originally flagged by...

Some of the Senate expense claims and explanations that caught Ian Binnie's eye

Toronto Star“The issue here,” he wrote, “is the Senate travel policy, not the Constitution.” — A staffer for Conservative Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais billed the Senate...

Some of the Senate expense claims and explanations that caught Ian Binnie's eye

Toronto Star“The issue here,” he wrote, “is the Senate travel policy, not the Constitution.” — A staffer for Conservative Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais billed the Senate...

Senators grill border agency officials about deaths in custody

Conservative Sen. Daniel Lang, the committee chairman, suggested an independent agency should immediately be called in whenever there is a death. The border agency does...

CHANGING OF THE GUARD

The U.S. Senate should follow the famous advice of the late first lady Nancy Reagan and “just say no” to Obama's nominee. The media are...

Many more tele-pharmacies likely if lawmakers pass bill

Last year, the Iowa Senate passed such a bill by a unanimous vote. Now ... Three of the five, Victor, West Liberty and Brooklyn, are...

Toronto hoping for social housing cash in federal budget

Liberal Senator Art Eggleton, who chairs the city's task force on housing, agreed money for repairs is the most pressing need after the city already...

david tkachuk

(subscription) (subscription)On Wednesday, Conservative senators Jean-Guy Dagenais and David Tkachuk, the former chairman of the Senate committee that oversaw the spending rules, paid back...

Community News for march 22, 2016

Hospitality co-chairs were Linda Henning and Diane Lynch, with members Miriam Bensman, Joan Bringaze, Helen Campbell, Andrée Chol, Beryl Fourroux, Dot Harmon, Virginia Hopper, Ruth...

Jacques Demers

(subscription) (subscription)Others, however, questioned whether Béliveau would have wanted a state funeral. Senator Ghislain Maltais praised Béliveau's honesty and respect towards hockey fans and...

'Very, very pleased': Senators applaud expense report that reduces amount owed to taxpayers

Sen. Claude Carignan, who already repaid the roughly $3,500 that the auditor general said he owed, said that Binnie's report was “a very good ruling.”...

Some senators still on the hook for big spending after arbitration

(subscription) (subscription)Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais, meanwhile, who was cleared by Binnie for $1,271 in justifiable expenses, announced he intends to launch a formal complaint to...

Senate appointment process 'remains a mystery,' says LeBreton

That's how Marjory LeBreton, a former government leader in the Senate under Stephen Harper, described the new process to me via e-mail. The Liberals campaigned...

Senate spending scandal

(subscription) (subscription)Former Conservative Senator Jacques Demers has decided to become a free agent, saying the Conservative Party's decision to bench him and other senators...

Senate spending scandal

(subscription) (subscription)Former Conservative Senator Jacques Demers has decided to become a free agent, saying the Conservative Party's decision to bench him and other senators...

Michael Ferguson

(subscription) (subscription)Two more senators have repaid the upper chamber for expenses a special arbitrator ruled were improper. Senate records show Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, a...

NWT Senator Nick Sibbeston still owes nearly $27K in faulty claims

NWT senator and former premier Nick Sibbeston's name appeared on that list, after Michael Ferguson found that he had accumulated $50,102 in improper expenses –...

White House: No Comment on Returning Fugitive Cop-Killer

Election reform is needed so that money is taken out of politics, and Senators and Congressmen telecommute rather than work in the DC Swamp. Somehow,...

Mansi Srivastava is the new Roli in 'Sasural Simar Ka'

After Avika Gor announced her decision to quit 'Sasural Simar Ka', the team has been working overnight to finalise the actress who would step into...

Nunavut, NWT senators still owe thousands in expenses

Binnie found that Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson should repay $13,762 — that's the full amount of a lawyers' bill that Patterson had opted to send...

2 senators from New Brunswick see amounts owed reduced

Two other New Brunswick senators, both of them retired, were also flagged in last year's report by the auditor general. Former Conservative senator Noël Kinsella...

richard fadden

(subscription) (subscription)At least Conservative Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen was reassured. “Thank you, Mr. Fadden, for one of the best presentations I've heard on this...

Justice Ian Binnie cuts senators' expenses owed in 10 of 14 cases

Ferguson's audit was initially launched after questions arose in late 2012 and early 2013 about living expenses claimed by senators Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy and...

Ian Binnie

(subscription)Janis Johnson repaid the $22,706 the auditor general said she owed for questionable travel claims. Much like her colleagues, Johnson said she had done...

special arbitrator

(subscription) (subscription)Binnie did single out Sen. Colin Kenny for problematic travel spending, citing repeated flights to Toronto and overnight hotel stays for breakfast meetings...

@Kady: Total owing for 14 senators slashed by Senate expense arbitrator

So what, then, about the statement that he “imputes no bad motives to any of the senators,” which found its way into the headline of...

14 senators swept up in expenses scandal learn what they must pay back today

The chair of the Senate Board of Internal Economy, which oversees all spending in the Senate, is Senator Leo Housakos. He is expected to react...

Senate arbitrator Ian Binnie cuts in half expenses senators must repay

WATCH ABOVE: More than a dozen senators who were ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars back to the Senate in questionable expense claims...

@Kady: Everything you might want to know about budgets

Following the first dominion election in 1867, he was appointed – according to the Canadian Dictionary of Biography, “unexpectedly” — to serve as Sir John...

CRAB comeback-- FOUR-INCH IPHONE rollout? -

Politico- SCHWARZENEGGER walkoutPoliticoHell has officially frozen over: An actual presidential campaign event is taking place in the Golden State, as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders holds...

The Hill: Senate side jobs can pay off

Carignan, a Conservative appointed by Stephen Harper, was leader of the government in the Senate last year. He was paid $222,500 a year plus whatever...

Ten politics stories that have nothing to do with the budget

Former Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie delivers his arbitration report today into the expenses of 14 senators who disputed the results of an audit. >...

Nunavik village grieving 5 youth suicides in 3 months

Senator Charlie Watt. Since December, five young people in the village of 2,500 in Nunavik, the Inuit territory in northern Quebec, have taken their own...

Viewpoint: Provide help, not assisted suicide, to mentally ill

Denise Batters More from Denise Batters. Published on: March 21, 2016 | Last Updated: March 21, 2016 6:03 AM CST. Senator Denise Batters became a...

The biggest questions for Tories aren't about a new leader

Hugh Segal is master of Massey College at the University of Toronto and a former Conservative senator. His new book, Two Freedoms: Canada's Global Future,...

Michael Clarke

Friday 18 Mar With guests Cookie Monster and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jane Kennedy, plus guest hosts Lehmo, Gorgi Coghlan, Tommy Little & Meshel Laurie, and...

Senate's former HR director who alleges 'fraudulent activity' in Senate administration has preliminary communication ...

(subscription) (subscription)The 10 Senators who sources say Mr. Singh reached out to were: Conservative Senators Daniel Lang (Whitehorse, Yukon), Elizabeth Marshall (Newfoundland and Labrador)...

Senate's former HR director who alleges 'fraudulent activity' in Senate administration has preliminary communication ...

(subscription) (subscription)The 10 Senators who sources say Mr. Singh reached out to were: Conservative Senators Daniel Lang (Whitehorse, Yukon), Elizabeth Marshall (Newfoundland and Labrador)...

Journalists-turned-politicians playing key role in Commons' media study

OTTAWA — Journalists-turned-politicians have earned a bad reputation in Ottawa in recent years thanks to the spending shenanigans of two in particular: Senators Mike Duffy...