Sunday, November 2, 2008

November 2, 2008 Edition

Welcome to the November 2, 2008 edition of Corporate Vigilance presenting an array of opinions, instruction, and helpful information as it relates to business and personal finance.

Louis Burns presents Presuppose Greatness posted at NLP Marketing Blog.

AndrewB presents 10 FREE Product Promotion Tips posted at Personal Plug, saying, "The real truth about product promotion online, and how you really can do it for free."

OW Bureaucrat presents We're Here To Document YOU! posted at Ontario Works?, saying, "Observations from a bureaucrat located deep within the bowels of Ontario's social service system."

Khan presents An Outsider's Guide to Corporate Life posted at Higher Education and Career Blog.

Great Management presents How To Write A Brilliant Speech In Under 5 Minutes posted at The GreatManagement Blog, saying, "Many successful public speakers and presenters can make great speeches in minutes. Here's a proven approach."

Simon Stapleton presents Even The Idiots Amongst Us Practice Leadership When posted at Career & Personal Development for CIOs, Technical Professionals and Self-Professed Geeks, saying, "If you’re responsible for developing new leaders, or if you’re an emerging leader yourself, then don’t forget that what we learn and experience in our ‘everyday’ lives act as strong reminders that we’re all Leaders."

Brian Terry presents 3 Ways To Make Money With Product Creation posted at Big Marketing Secrets Blog, saying, "The popularity of online shopping has brought so many opportunities for entrepreneurs. Today, they don’t even need to build a brick and mortar business as they can serve their customers better through online transactions."

AndrewB presents Successful At Home Business - The Success Secret To Home Business posted at Personal Plug, saying, "Targeted marketing is very much the key to establishing a successful at home business. In other words, targeting the market which is most likely to be responsive to receiving your offer."

Raymond presents How To Generate Valid Credit Card Numbers posted at Money Blue Book.

Tushar Mathur presents Ways To Leave Your Business posted at Small Business Resource, saying, "Selecting your successor is a fundamental objective that is decided early in the Exit Planning process. Almost all owners want to transfer the business to other family members, an employee or a co-owner; only about 5 percent want to sell to an outside third party."

AndrewB presents Tax Dedcutions for Internet Marketers and Online Entrapeneurs posted at Personal Plug, saying, "Great tips to pay very little taxes and get lots of deductions."

debergerac78 presents Is it ethical for other industries to lobby for Wall Street bailout funds? posted at The Business Ethics Blog, saying, "They may not be financial institutions, but they're far less to blame for the economic slump than those currently being bailed out."

Manoj Thulasidas presents Unreal Blog » Blog Archive » » Quant Life in Singapore posted at Unreal Blog, saying, "A whacky look at the life of a quantitative finance professional in Singapore. [Published in the Wilmott Magazine in Nov 2007.]"

Nicola Rowe presents Three reasons why boards of directors are poor at appointing CEOs posted at Strategynut, saying, "Three reasons why boards of directors are poor at appointing CEOs", for your consideration.

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Ron Payne said...

Media Release

The Evidence Is In

Poverty’s Smoke and Mirrors, Part 2

To see part 1

The article above went out to the main media and approximately 65 other print news media starting September 21 2008. It was also put on the World Wide Web.

To my knowledge it was only printed in 3 Ontario news papers in the Letters to the Editor section.
1) Hamilton’s, Mountain News
2) Hamilton’s, Stoney Creek News
3) London’s, The London Free Press

Thank you to these three papers for caring enough about people that live in poverty to print this article.

As of today November 06 2008 the Ontario government has only posted old outdated directives dated Sept 2001.

Obviously these directives are of no use to anyone simply because of the fact they are outdated and the ministry is now using the July 2008 up to date directives but has not shared them with the public.

You may remember Welfare Legal was so offended by this abuse we offered $100.00 to anyone that could produce a copy of the latest Ontario Works directive 7.4.

As of this date no one has collected the $100.00. Welfare Legal now has a copy of the new directives that the government has not shared.

We take the position that this is the most serious kind of abuse by our government to implement new policies but not allow those most in need to have access to them. The only reason the government has given for this abuse is that the Ontario Government has not prepared a French version of these directives.

This is a Human Rights violation, among others, to implement a secrete version of the directives and not share them with the public and not to have a French version available.

As we have stated before the Ontario government has in fact been cutting the benefits of Ontario Works, (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program, (ODSP) recipients without letting the general public aware of these cuts.

The latest cuts that have become public are the cuts to benefits to grandparents that are caring for their own grandchildren, who many had, have been apprehended by the Children’s Aid Society (CAS). The grand parent’s complaints were heard loud and clear the government seems to have withdrawn these policy changes.

The new directive 7.4 and others shows more cuts that the public is not aware of yet.

One of these cuts shows that the Ontario government no longer supports volunteering here in Ontario. In the old outdated directives dated September 2001, the government used to give a small benefit to those recipients that had to do volunteer work as a condition of eligibility for OW. These cuts also affect those who wish to do volunteer work and are disabled on ODSP as well.
Are volunteers no longer needed here in Ontario?

These cuts which are ongoing, have been made to help pay for the meager increases to OW and ODSP of 2%. They are also part of the government’s bigger plan, to upload the cost of OW and ODSP from the municipality to the province and to pay for its poverty reduction strategy.

At the end of the day the government will save millions of dollars in benefits that the former Mike Harris Tories said people on OW and ODSP were entitled to. Does this make sense to anyone?

This story gets much, much worse. It turns out that the aboriginal community in Ontario had the foresight not to allow its members to be subjected to the policies and procedures put in place by the Mike Harris government, when they bought the draconian computer program from Anderson Consulting now Accenture. The cost of that program was $400 million and rising. This program was designed to cut people off of benefits automatically, with no human contact. There seems to be 2 classes of people being governed differently here, and what are the costs?

It would seem they were allowed to have their own computer program made up by a private company called AD Morrison.

A private professional researcher contacted Welfare Legal in an attempt to collect the $100.00 offered for the latest Ontario Works directive 7.4 and alerted us to a Pandora’s Box. You will see on the home page of AD Morrison’s site there is a link to “Latest Directives”. This link contained a third set of OW directives that was not available to the general public.

After Welfare Legal contacted the ministry to see if this in fact was the latest and new directive 7.4, the ministry contacted us with a reply that had nothing to do with our request. Then out of the blue this link was taken of the site.

After gathering all the evidence we soon learned that the Ontario government had not been keeping these new directive from the public since July 2008, they had in fact been hiding them starting in December 2005 and no one new about it. At least no one that has come forward so far.

There has been no response from any legal clinic or private paralegal in Ontario showing that they new about this breach of the Human Rights Code by our provincial government. If anyone was aware of this why didn’t they take it to the media? Does nobody care about this abuse? Does nobody care about eliminating poverty?

It is interesting to note that the government has even changed the directive numbers to confuse us even more once we were allowed to become aware of them.

September 2001 shows directive 31.0, the out dated benefits that we all are aware of.

December 2005 shows

July 2008 shows

For a copy of these directives

How can the Ontario government say it is attempting to alleviate poverty when it is secretly cutting the benefits of those most in need? (Reverse Robin Hood)

Ron Payne
Welfare Legal
Hamilton, Ontario
Phone 905-253-0205