August 26, 2012

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Fishing Alberta With Paul C.

This weeks photo was sent from the Fraser River on the west coast of Canada. Warning the image will be hard to view.

This Sturgeon was found in shallow water with its eggs removed. It is such a waste. Sturgeon only spawn once every seven years and there eggs are quite prized caviar. There are fish farms for that purpose over in Europe.

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The fishery in Russia was close to being collapsed due to over harvesting of the eggs. This fish is highly protected species across Canada. In Alberta, fines are up to $100,000 dollars for poaching this rare fish. The North Saskatchewan River has them up to a hundred pounds.
 
There was a man caught in Edmonton removing the eggs from a Sturgeon and charged by Fish and Wildlife. They took his fishing gear and his truck as well. He did receive a three year suspension of his fishing license.
 
When it comes to poaching the field officers have a low tolerance for illegal activities. Fishing needs to be monitored closely to help preserve fish for the future fishermen and women to enjoy. If you see poaching report it to the Fish and Wildlife. #3800 on your cell phone is a free call.

If you have any questions
please feel free to contact me.

Paul C.

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Rapidly Increasing Public Sector
Pension Enrollments A ‘Runaway Train’

Rapidly Increasing Public Sector
With enrolments in public sector pension plans growing at twice the rate of growth for private sector employment levels, Canadians could face higher taxes and reduced government services unless action is taken soon. That’s according to a new report, Public Sector Pensions: a Runaway Train? released by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

“Canadians have witnessed a rapid growth of the public sector over the past decade, all of which has made the public sector pension system even more unsustainable,” said Ted Mallett, CFIB’s Chief economist. “Governments must get serious about reining in their costs, by bringing public sector wages back in line with private sector norms, pushing back the age at which full pension entitlements are earned, and moving from a ‘defined benefit’ to ‘defined contribution’ approach to pension entitlements.”

At the beginning of 2011, there were 3.14 million members of public sector plans – an increase of 26.6 per cent since 2001 – while private sector pension levels remained flat. Total contribution levels are not the problem. CFIB research shows that public sector plans are underfunded by more than $300 billion, despite a generous $10,000 per year being put aside for the average public servant in employer and employee premiums.

“The escalating costs of government pension plans are seriously eroding the ability to deliver fundamental public services,” said CFIB President Dan Kelly. “The implications are starting to be felt. For example, the City of Montreal’s pension plan now eats up 13 per cent of its operating budget – even more than the amount devoted to public transit.”

Today’s study is the second in a series of CFIB reports that will examine the problem of unfair and unsustainable public sector pensions. Last year, CFIB launched the Pension Tension campaign to call for transparency of public sector pension liabilities and fairness for taxpayers. Since then, 50,000 small-and-medium-sized businesses have signed “action alert” petitions demanding public sector pension reforms.

To view the report in full,
please visit this site.
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