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Ottawa’s pandemic hiring boom adds billions to federal payroll

According to a CBC News analysis, a pandemic-fueled hiring spree has grown the federal public service by more than 35,000 people since April 2020, helping to add billions to Ottawa’s payroll costs.

Figures provided by Treasury Board and other ministries and departments show the federal government added 19,151 jobs in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021 and another 16,356 positions in fiscal year 2022. In total, the federal government now employs 335,957 people across the country, a 12% increase from pre-COVID times and the highest number of public servants in Canadian history.

WATCH | Federal payroll costs soared by $8 billion during the pandemic:

Ottawa’s pandemic hiring boom adds billions to federal payroll

An additional 28,176 bureaucrats were on long-term leave in 2022, not receiving their full salaries, but many remain eligible for taxpayer-funded top-ups, benefits, insurance and pension contributions.

In fiscal year 2021, Ottawa spent $59.623 billion on personnel costs, including salaries, pensions, benefits and overtime, an increase of $4.438 billion from fiscal year previous. Salary costs for 2022 are likely to have risen by a similar amount, although the final figure will not be available until the publication of the Public Accounts in December.

The supercharged growth rate during the pandemic surprises even the former Parliamentary Budget Officer.

“It’s a substantial increase,” said Kevin Page, an economist who now heads the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa. “It’s growing well over five percent a year, which is much, much faster than the private sector and faster than the growth rate of the real economy.” Read the full story here.

Fall colors and early snow

(Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Finnigan, a Connemara pony, shows off fall colors and snowy pastures near Cremona, Alta., on Sunday after the province was hit with its first major snowfall of the season.

In short

Ken O’Leary, 87, of Burlington, Ont., died last February of a pressure sore at the base of his spine after a stay at Joseph Brant Hospital. His daughter describes him as the size of an avocado. “It haunts me,” Kelly O’Leary said. “It haunts our whole family. Because we could have done something, but [the hospital] didn’t tell us. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, Ken is one of more than 4,000 people who develop pressure sores — also called bedsores or pressure sores — each year while in hospital. Open wounds, which can lead to serious infections and even death, are best avoided by regularly repositioning patients, a task that usually falls to often overworked nursing staff.Experts say the number of reported pressure sores is far lower than the real number, as many hospitals do not track and track accurately They are also concerned that the number of cases will increase as the Canadian population ages and more and more people become less mobile – although not anyone at any age can develop pressure sores.

WATCH | The family speaks after the painful death of the father following a bedsore:

Family speak out after father’s painful death from bed sickness

The Manitoba government says it will stop incarcerating migrants detained by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), according to information obtained by CBC/Radio-Canada. Manitoba becomes the fourth province after British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Alberta to inform Ottawa that it will no longer hold migrants in its prisons. Manitoba Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen’s office told Radio-Canada that migrants should not “languish” in jail when “they have not been convicted of a crime”. Under agreements with the CBSA, many provinces imprison migrants detained for administrative reasons. These foreign nationals, including asylum seekers, are subject to the same conditions as the prison population, even if they are not charged with a crime. Some 2,000 migrants were incarcerated in provincial prisons in Canada each year from 2015 to 2020. Read more here.

Ontario voters will head to the polls on Monday to elect city councilors and school board commissioners as provincial municipal elections begin. More than 6,300 candidates across the province are running to tackle a range of key issues, from housing affordability to infrastructure and public transit, to recovering from COVID-19 and Mental Health. While municipalities like Thunder Bay, Waterloo and Sudbury have opened up online voting, other parts of the province will choose their local governments at polls on Monday. This year’s races could see a historically low turnout. Only 38.3% of the eligible population who voted voted in the 2018 municipal elections, the lowest number since 1982. An interesting contrast emerged in the early polls, where several regions recorded higher turnouts . Windsor saw 80% more voters during the advance voting period than during the last election, according to city officials. Learn more about municipal voting here.

After 44 years of hosting CBC shows The nature of thingsDavid Suzuki’s term is coming to an end. Although the upcoming season will be his last, that doesn’t necessarily mean audiences will see or hear less of the iconic – and sometimes controversial – Canadian environmentalist. “This is the most important moment of my life,” Suzuki announced Sunday in an interview on The National with host Ian Hanomansing. “I hate to call it a retreat. I’m just moving on.” His final season with the nature and science-focused series will launch in January. In a statement, CBC management said new hosting plans would be confirmed “in the coming weeks.” Read more about this story here.

WATCH | David Suzuki on his decision to leave The Nature of Things:

David Suzuki: ‘I don’t care what people think of me’

The Houston Astros will host Game 1 of the World Series at home on Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. Both teams booked their spot in the series with wins on Sunday. The Phillies entered the World Series for the first time since 2009 when they beat the San Diego Padres 4-3 on a two-run eighth-inning homer from Bryce Harper in Game 5 of the Championship Series. the National League. In the American League, the Astros finished their sweep of the New York Yankees with a 6-5 victory. Houston capitalized on a costly error by Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres to produce the starting rally in the seventh inning. Learn more about the baseball playoffs here.

Now here is some good news to start your Monday: Destiny Klym is the first Saskatchewan and Indigenous woman to compete in a NASCAR-sanctioned race. She competed in recreational vehicles, street cars and modified cars on the Prairies and in several states, winning several championship trophies. As accomplished as Klym is, the story isn’t about his accolades or his need for speed. It’s about how a mutual love of racing brought a father and daughter together. Read more about this story here.

Opinion: We need to adopt policies that require proof of Indigenous status and end self-identification

Misrepresentation gives suitors an advantage over non-Indigenous people and Indigenous people, writes Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national organization representing Inuit in Canada. Read the column here.

First person: My family fled Vietnam for Canada. By the time I started asking questions it was almost too late

Listening to her family’s stories of leaving Vietnam seemed disconnected from Tiffanie Tri’s life in Canada. But her grandfather’s death made Tri realize why it’s important to talk to her living ancestors before it’s too late. Read his column here.

Front Burner: What is the “Freeland Doctrine”?

According to Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, the story is not over.

Speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, earlier this month, Freeland refuted the post-Soviet idea of ​​”the end of history” – that after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the world was on the road to unity and stability under free trade and liberal democracy. Freeland said the thinking at the time was “arrogant” and that Russia’s attacks on Ukraine are a reminder that autocracy and instability have risen again.

Freeland came up with an idea that some – but not her – call the “Freeland Doctrine”. In his vision, Canada would promote trade with countries that share our values, because we have learned that the influence of free trade does not stop autocracy.

Today, journalist Paul Wells walks us through Freeland’s proposal and discusses the political will to make these costly choices for Liberal trading partners.

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Today in History: October 24

1852: A group of Toronto businessmen form an association of brokers to set up an industrial securities market. They first met informally, but eventually established a common meeting place and formal rules and regulations. The association is the origin of today’s Toronto Stock Exchange.

1901: Anna Edson Taylor, 63, becomes the first known person to cross Niagara Falls in a barrel and survive. The 50-year-old widow performed the stunt to raise money to pay off a loan owed on her Texas ranch. Her dreams of fame and fortune failed to materialize and she died in poverty in 1921.

[1945:[1945 :The United Nations is officially born.

1991: star trek Creator Gene Roddenberry dies in Santa Monica, California at age 70.