Articles by: Gary Corbett

The Myth About Sick Leave and Public Servants

October 21, 2014 10:09 am
The Myth About Sick Leave and Public Servants

Well, here we go again. The summer is on its way out and public servants everywhere are making their way back to their workplaces. They are preparing for a year that, according to many Public Service (PS) unions, promises to be a banner bargaining round—one where some unions say sick […]

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Public Service Week: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

August 21, 2014 1:20 pm
Public Service Week: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Twenty-two years ago, then-MP Marlene Catterall introduced a private member’s bill recognizing the third week of June as National Public Service Week, a week to celebrate the work and achievements of the people who make up the Public Service of Canada. The bill was the idea of the Professional Institute […]

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Let the Science Speak

December 3, 2013 4:00 pm
Let the Science Speak

Last month, the union I represent released the results of an on-line Environics survey designed to gauge the actual extent and impact of muzzling and political interference among federal scientists. Over 4,000 of the more than 15,000 federal scientists, researchers and engineers invited took part – a remarkable response rate. […]

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The (F)laws of Averages

September 24, 2013 10:37 am
The (F)laws of Averages

October is “Healthy Workplace Month.” But you wouldn’t know it by the federal government’s views on sick leave, or from the increase in disability claims among federal government workers, including those related to mental health. Since the Conservatives first came to power in 2006, disability claims have increased 37 per […]

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Performance Review

July 24, 2013 11:10 am
Performance Review

This spring, Canadians were astonished to learn that the former head of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal – the federal authority responsible for investigating allegations of discrimination – was fired for “gross mismanagement.” The report filed by the Public Integrity Commissioner, following a two-year investigation prompted by a union complaint, […]

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Economical with the Truth

May 24, 2013 1:25 pm
Economical with the Truth

If this spring’s federal budget is a prescription for what ails Canada and its economy, it should come with a bright, red warning label: “This budget will do nothing to address job creation, tax evasion, environmental protection, or public safety.” That at least would have fulfilled the government’s obligation to […]

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Kevin Page: A Hero for Our Time

April 10, 2013 1:04 pm
Kevin Page: A Hero for Our Time

When Kevin Page, Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer, steps down next month after five years on the job, he’ll do so with a respect and admiration accorded few professional public servants – not because he went above and beyond the call of duty (many do) or because he has been […]

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Stephen Harper’s Assault on Democracy

January 16, 2013 11:58 am
Stephen Harper’s Assault on Democracy

Last November, hundreds of delegates from across Canada gathered in Ottawa for the 93rd Annual General Meeting of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC). Discus- sions focused on the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ongoing cuts to programs and services that continue to jeopardize the […]

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Harper Government’s Disdain For Science

October 15, 2012 11:33 am
Harper Government’s Disdain For Science

In recent years, science in Canada has come up against an increasing disdain for evidence-based decision making and a disappearing commitment to transparency. In brief, evidence-based policy-making in Canada is under attack and it is orchestrated by our own federal government. In the absence of evidence, government policy is increasingly […]

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Canadian Innovation and 21st Century Challenges

May 1, 2010 2:46 pm
Canadian Innovation and 21st Century Challenges

Like other countries, Canada faces profound challenges in the decades ahead. An aging population, the need to mitigate and adjust to climate change, the transition to a low greenhouse gas emissions economy and pressures from rising economic superpowers are issues we all confront. Science, technology and innovation will be crucial […]

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