Carol Hughes’ Column

Carol Hughes’ Column – Phoenix Pay System coming back to haunt the government – again

In mythology the Phoenix rises from the ashes of its predecessor and is repeatedly born again.  In some ways it is a fitting namesake for Canada’s beleaguered federal pay system that continues to draw back into the news time and … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Change in the works for diabetics receiving Disability Tax Credit

Taxes have been dominating federal politics recently, with splashy headlines and lots of Question Period time devoted to new rules for small business and the Paradise Papers which exposed details on Canada’s offshore tax haven elites.  One of the dangers … Continue reading

Why we challenge ourselves on Remembrance Day

Every year Canadians gather to express their gratitude to veterans at municipal and Legion-hosted events across the country. This year as we celebrate 150 years of Confederation we can also celebrate those who have truly stood on guard for us.  … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Scammers prey on uncertainty

A rash of fake Canada Revenue Agency messages are being reported in Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing recently as scammers try to pry money out of unwitting victims.  The perpetrators are using voicemails intended to make people believe they are about to be sued … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Conflict of interest guidelines need to be tightened up

If we listen to corporate Canada we might believe the only possible future for pensions is to move away from the defined benefit model in favour of a defined contribution system, also known as targeted benefit plans. Under that system … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Parliament votes down an opportunity to save billions and improve health outcomes

In Canada, if you cut your finger, you go to a doctor, get treated, and never see a bill. But if you walk into a doctor’s office and get diagnosed with an ailment that requires prescription medication, you have to … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Service Canada relents on discriminatory measure but senior’s poverty is a growing concern

Census results are proving what many Canadians already understood, poverty rates among seniors have been climbing in Canada and fewer people are prepared to retire.  With those statistics readily available one has to wonder why the government would pursue a … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Service Canada relents on discriminatory measure but senior’s poverty is a growing concern

Census results are proving what many Canadians already understood, poverty rates among seniors have been climbing in Canada and fewer people are prepared to retire.  With those statistics readily available one has to wonder why the government would pursue a … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Environment Commissioner warns of inaction

With extreme weather events increasing in frequency and ferocity, the costs associated with climate change are mounting. This spring’s flooding in Eastern Canada and fires that seemed to burn all summer in the West have roots in climate change, but … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Extending consultation process is the best answer for tax fairness

There is a heated battle over tax fairness stemming from the government’s plan to cut down on what they see as improper use of incorporation to the advantage of some highly paid individuals.  While reigning in the use of this … Continue reading