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Province getting out of golf business, but cost unclear

The Tory government is getting out of the golf course business, in the wake of revelations it negotiated a secret deal that has so far required taxpayers to pay over $5.4 million to a private firm with party connections to cover losses suffered after the leased links were heavily damaged in the 2013 floods. 636 more words

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'No' campaign feeling squeezed out by big spenders in Metro Vancouver

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The City of Surrey says its engineering crews were responsible for taking down several “No TransLink Tax” campaign-style signs along King George Boulevard recently. 328 more words

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Wildrose takes second try at bill to establish an independent budget officer

Ongoing confusion over Alberta’s finances and skepticism over a forecast $7-billion hole in the coming budget demonstrate the critical need for an independent budget officer to set the facts straight, says interim Wildrose Leader Heather Forsyth. 499 more words

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Land needs for flood mitigation project quadruple

Estimates of the land affected by a planned flood mitigation project to protect Calgary from a repeat of the 2013 disaster have nearly quadrupled, leading a taxpayer lobby group to doubt Premier Jim Prentice’s claim the diversion canal and dry reservoir is cost-effective. 610 more words

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Canadian Taxpayers Federation gives TransLink lifetime achievement award for waste

WATCH: TransLink was awarded a lifetime achievement “teddy waste award” today. It comes from the national arm of the Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation. Ted Chernecki explains why the Federation felt compelled to honour TransLink so close to an historic plebiscite asking voters to approve a half percent hike in the provincial sales tax. 681 more words

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Former London mayor Joe Fontana takes top 'prize' for most wasteful public official in annual awards

Former federal cabinet minister and London, Ont., mayor Joe Fontana has been named recipient of an award he may not want to accept.

Fontana is the winner of the 2015 federal Teddy Waste Award, a dubious honour bestowed on individuals and governments each year by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. 431 more words

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Ottawa sculptures honouring wrong Jack Purcell noted as national-calibre waste

Big sculptural badminton racquets installed in downtown’s Jack Purcell Park took honours in the Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s annual awards for the worst wastes of taxpayer money. 860 more words

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