Civil Servants Feeling Stress – Cry Me A River

I was struck by this story in this morning’s Globe describing the suffering of our federal civil servants in light of the federal government’s austerity measures.  According to the Globe:

A distress line for federal public servants is on track to receive a record number of calls this year as prolonged staffing cuts create high levels of anxiety.

Those poor kittens.  Anyone else share my decided lack of sympathy?

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“Stephen Harper hates us” – I wonder why?

The contrast between two stories recent news stories about the Public Service Alliance of Canada (“PSAC”), the union that represents most federal civil servants, struck me as a perfect illustration of the obliviousness of modern public sector labour unions (though by no means a solitary one).

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Classic Bob – The 2011 Ontario Election

Someone asked me to start posting some of my original – Classic Bob – email rants which inspired this blog.  Here’s one first prepared on October 6, 2011, in preparation for the Ontario provincial election (some of the names have been changed to protect the innocent): 

Joe asked me to rant about today’s provincial election.  Why, I don’t know, but I’m a sucker for a rant.

This may come as a surprise to you, but my own inclinations are pretty hard-core conservative (No! Surely not).  So I’ve cast my vote for the Tories (not that it really matters, where I live, the Tories could run Satan and still win with a hefty margin).  I would generally encourage you to do the same.  But I can’t say that I’ve been particularly impressed with the Tory campaign.  Don’t get me wrong,  I like Tim Hudak and I even think he would be a pretty good premier, but this has been a Joe Clark/Stockwell Day of a campaign.

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