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WE charity scandal grows with revelation of numerous sweetheart deals from Liberals

A year-long investigation by the Procurement Ombudsman released on Monday revealed departments typically called We Charity with confidential contract offers, then worked out the price later on many contracts.

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Even before getting a $43.5-million grant from the Liberal cabinet during the pandemic, the WE Charity organization was getting numerous other sweetheart deals, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

A year-long investigation by the Procurement Ombudsman released on Monday revealed departments typically called WE Charity with confidential contract offers, then worked out the price later on many contracts.

“Contacting a prospective supplier, sharing information about an upcoming requirement with that supplier and requesting pricing information from that supplier before establishing and documenting the estimated cost of a contract represents a threat to the fairness of the procurement process and should not be repeated,” wrote Ombudsman Alexander Jeglic in his report.

“In this situation, not all prospective suppliers would be treated equally.

“The supplier (who) was previously contacted for pricing information would have an unfair advantage over other potential suppliers because it received information about the requirement before anyone else.”

Investigators reviewed six contracts totaling $131,710 awarded to WE Charity over a three-year period. One, a $17,050 contract from the Leaders’ Debates Commission, was awarded even though WE Charity co-founder Craig Kielburger was on the Commission board at the time.

“It appeared the estimated cost of $17,050, including tax, was established after WE Charity had been contacted,” wrote Jeglic.

“Certain issues regarding fairness were identified.”

None of the six contracts “clearly showed the estimated cost had been established before the department contacted We Charity about its requirement.”

Other awards included:

  • $11,300 from the Canada School of Public Service with costs “established after the quote was received from WE Charity”;
  • $13,374 from the Department of Foreign Affairs with costs fixed “after WE Charity had been contacted”;
  • $24,996 from the Privy Council Office, a figure $4 below the threshold mandating open bids;
  • $24,990 from the Public Health Agency, just $10 below the threshold mandating open bids.

All the contracts were for “speakers’ services,” “facilitation services” or commemoration of events like United Nations’ Child Day observances.

In one case, a contract budgeted at $35,398 plus tax, a total $40,000 from the foreign affairs department, was repeatedly rewritten to satisfy the supplier.

“WE Charity had originally proposed a price that exceeded the $40,000,” wrote Jeglic.

“However following a discussion with the department, WE Charity removed a proposed activity and submitted a new proposal with the price reduced to $40,000.

“Documentation provided to the department did not indicate why the department requested this change.”

The favour was a “manipulation” of Government Contracts Regulations, it said.

WE Charity subsequently submitted an invoice for $40,000 without GST, claiming “it does not charge tax due to it status as a charity,” wrote Jeglic, adding the department again rewrote terms of the contract to pay We Charity $40,000 without tax.

“This means the total amount of the contract remained $40,000 and the value attributed to the work or service component of the contract increased by $4,602,” said Jeglic. “

However, there was no indication of a change in the scope of work provided to justify the increase from $35,398 to $40,000.”

The investigation was prompted by complaints from three unidentified MPs, said the Ombudsman.

Complaints were received July 2, 2020 just one day before cabinet canceled a $43.5 million grant on disclosures WE Charity hired then-Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s daughter out of college, covered $41,366 in expenses to host Morneau’s family at resorts in Kenya and Ecuador, and paid members of the prime minister’s family $481,751 in fees, gifts and free trips to London and New York.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Steven

    August 10, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Unacceptable behavior. Manipulation of Government Contracts Regulations to ensure WE got the deal needs to be criminally investigated. However, if Trudeau is involved will the RCMP Commissioner smooth things out for the brat. Just like SNC-L.

    Canada needs Federal law enforcement and charges laid for the people who would do wrong in Government no matter who they might be. This has been lacking for the past five years with the Liberal Government in power. Corruption just say liberal.

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Canada-Europe take action over COVID variant Omicron

“Emergence of Omicron, a new variant of concern reinforces the need for caution,” said Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

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With the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant of concern (VOC) named Omicron in South Africa, the Canadian government is taking steps to limit the risk to Canadians.

Travellers arriving from countries of concern within the last 14 days will be required to quarantine pending negative COVID-19 tests. Countries of concern include South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.

On Friday, Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the federal government will impose five measures in an effort to limit its spread in Canada.

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam took to Twitter on Saturday to share her concerns over the VOC.

“Emergence of Omicron, a new variant of concern reinforces the need for caution,” wrote Tam.

The WHO has labelled Omicron as a variant of concern due to its high number of mutations and reports that early evidence suggests it could be more infectious than other variants.

Meanwhile, during a news conference on Saturday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK will take “targeted and precautionary measures” after two people tested positive for the Omicron variant.

One case was identified in Brentwood, a town in southeastern England while the other case was located in the central city of Nottingham. Both individuals are linked and had travelled from southern Africa. The two individuals are self-isolating along with their households and authorities are working on contact tracing.

Johnson confirmed travellers arriving in England will be required to take a PCR test and self-isolate until a negative test result is provided. Those that test positive for the new variant will have to self-isolate, along with any of their close contacts, for 10 days regardless of vaccine status.

He also said masks will be required in shops and other public spaces and indicated they will “boost the booster campaign.”

“Right now this is the responsible course of action to slow down the seeding and the spread of this new variant and to maximize our defences,” said Johnson.

Johnson said the new rules will be reviewed in three weeks when scientists know more about the variant.

On Friday, the British government added Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to the country’s travel red list. By Saturday, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia were also added to the list.

Other countries are adding restrictions on travellers coming from various southern African countries including the US, Japan, Brazil, and Australia while cases have also been reported in Belgium, Israel and Hong Kong.

Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and the Czech Republic have also reported suspected cases related to travellers arriving from South Africa.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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Road closures as British Columbians brace for more rain

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday.

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As BC braces for additional rain, the government has ‘proactively’ closed a number of highways for travel.

“We are actively responding, monitoring and assessing the many highway closures due to flooding and will continue to do so as we work with local and emergency service partners,” said the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“Safety is our top priority while we deal with a rapidly changing and difficult situation.”

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday. The ministry said the time and duration of the closures will be weather-dependent.

“The highway infrastructure in these areas is extremely vulnerable following recent storms, and more heavy rain in the forecast poses an additional risk,” said the ministry in a press release.

“The closures of these three highways will be re-evaluated on Sunday morning, with the highways reopened when it is safe to do so.”

The release said Highway 1 will be closed between Popkum and Hope on Saturday afternoon as BC Hydro plans a reservoir release, “crucial to protect the Jones Lake Reservoir, which is also being affected by the heavy rains.”

The release explains the reservoir release will discharge water towards areas of Highway 1 that were affected during the November 14 storm.  

“This additional flow – combined with the increased precipitation and already high stream flows – poses a risk of impact to Highway 1 in the Laidlaw area.”

The ministry is bracing for further damage to Highway 1 in this area and said the reopening time cannot be determined at this stage but will be assessed by crews “when it is safe to do so.”

Highway 7 between Mission and Hope remains open with travel restrictions in place. Essential purposes for travel are defined in the travel restrictions order through the Emergency Program Act

Weather statements are in effect for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, Squamish to Whistler and the Sunshine Coast into next week. Storms are expected to bring more rain which has resulted in high streamflow advisories for all regions of the coast by the River Forecast Centre.

Ongoing road and travel updates are available on the ministry’s website.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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Bill to aid jurors traumatized by testimony up for vote … again

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling.”

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For the third time in three years, legislators will attempt to pass an aid bill for jurors traumatized by graphic testimony in criminal courts.

“When we ask citizens to be a juror we don’t ask them to be a victim,” said Quebec Senator and bill sponsor Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu.

“There is no excuse not to adopt that bill.” 

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling,” said Blacklock’s Reporter.

Two identical bills, S-207 and C-417, lapsed in the last two Parliaments.

“That kind of bill should be a government bill, not a private bill,” said Boisvenu.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of private interest. It’s a matter of national interest.”

In 2017, the Commons justice committee recommended the Criminal Code amendment after hearing testimony from former jurors who said they quit jobs, suffered marriage breakdown and were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after being compelled to watch crime scene videos and hear testimony from coroners.

“Everyone’s mental health matters,” Ontario Senator Lucie Moncion said Thursday.

“Yet from a legal point of view, jurors are part of a special category of people who are denied complete health care. The secrecy rule prohibits a juror from disclosing information related to deliberations to anyone including a health care professional. This needs to change.”

Moncion was a juror in a 1989 murder trial and said the experience left her with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“They show you the whole autopsy,” said Moncion.

“It was very difficult. This is still very difficult for me.”

Alberta Conservative MP Michael Cooper, a member of the 2017 Commons justice committee that recommended reforms, said delays were inexcusable.

“It should have been a no-brainer for the government to have brought this bill forward,” said Cooper indicating the bill has been “studied thoroughly.”

“There have literally been no arguments tendered against this piece of legislation.”

Cooper, in 2019, sponsored a similar bill – C-417 – that lapsed. MPs at the time noted U.S. jurors were free to discuss their experience with friends, family, psychiatrists or media.

“In the United States once a trial is over jurors are generally free to discuss the events of the trial and jury deliberations unless a specific court order bars them from doing so,” said Ontario Liberal MP Arif Virani, then-parliamentary secretary for justice.

“What that means is that jurors in the United States can talk with nearly anyone about juror deliberations including a talk show host on national television or across the Internet. This approach, which offers limited protection for juror privacy, is significantly different from the Canadian model.”

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