Morning Update February 11th, 2012 (10)


#1 — CNews | Pension reform target 2020: Flaherty

OTTAWA – Planned reforms to Old Age Security are unlikely to be rolled out before 2020, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says.


#2 — Globe | Suspect in shooting of two Alberta Mounties arrested

A man wanted in the shooting of two Alberta RCMP officers has been arrested without incident.


#3 — LFP | St. Clair River faces proposed changes

SARNIA – Fish in the St. Clair River could soon have company.

Two projects under consideration could change the river bed, but some advocates are concerned about the potential impacts.


#4 — NP | Dozens injured in Alberta bus rollover

REDWATER – More than 30 people were injured when a Red Arrow bus rolled over Friday on a highway about 10 kilometres west of Redwater.


#5 — OC | Drunk driver gets five years for causing Christmas Day crash

OTTAWA — A repeat drunk driver who ran a red light and seriously injured a young family on Christmas Day 2008 was sentenced Friday to five years in prison.



#6 — BBC | Twitter fuels Kim Jong-un assassination rumour

A rumour that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was assassinated in Beijing has spread across social media websites all over the world.


CNN | No evidence North Korean leader is dead

#7 — CNN | Billions at stake as Russia backs Syria

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Russia’s controversial stance in the Syrian crisis has left many wondering what Moscow stands to gain by backing the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad.


#8 — Fox | Navy names ship after Gabrielle Giffords

In a teary-eyed ceremony Friday, the U.S. Navy honored the former congresswoman from Arizona by adding her name to its latest littoral combat ship, USS Gabrielle Giffords.


#9 — DM | Britain will send body armour to Syrian rebels

Britain is preparing to send body armour to rebels in Syria seeking to oust dictator Bashar al Assad.


#10 — Telegraph | Power cuts in Serbia as Europe’s deep freeze threatens national grid

Serbia has started implementing power cuts in a desperate bid to stave off the collapse of its national grid as the country suffers the effects of days of freezing temperatures.


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  • Susie

    The only thing that Mr. Harper said in his Davos speech was that the pension entitlement was unsustainable. The media and opposition picked up that this meant the OAS would be cut and/or raised from 65 to 67. The NDP actually had people at MPs’ offices, with seniors, protesting cuts!!

    • Jack

      The “LSM” = NDP = Liberals = Greens = Bloc = “lie a lot”.

      No surprise here.

      Harper has his work cut out for him but he will prevail “thanks to the net”.

      I believe that.

  • Mary T

    Diane F. stated numerous times, in the HofC that seniors receiving the OAS or about to receive it would see no cuts. The NDP tried to sell the idea that the budget would see cuts to this program asap. There will be changes coming in the future, that is a given.
    It is the media and opposition that are backpedaling on their fear mongering.
    The main reason a lot of seniors have reduced income is the low interest rates on their investments.

  • Mary T

    I don’t think it is a backpedal, as much as the media and opposition finally realized that the govt was telling the truth, no cuts to the OAS. The NDP spread the lies, with the help of media and libs, and as several predicted, when the truth finally came out, they would call it a backpedal.

    • stageleft

      The truth? Just when (until now) did Harper/Flaherty say this was something for 8 – 10 years down the road?

      This was one of two things:

      (1) a trial balloon to guage public acceptance of a contemplated action – that public reaction, across the political spectrum, was immediate and negative so they decided to say it was something for way down the road… it’s called back pedaling, or

      (2) a policy decision gone wrong as they didn’t contemplate either the depth of the negative reaction from their base, and/or didn’t expect the golden pensions that they give themselves to enter into the discussion… and they are back pedaling

  • stageleft

    Pension reform target 2020: Flaherty: Ah yes… the art of the back pedal at work :-)