Archive for July 13, 2010

Medium-security facilities cost how much?

Posted in Aggravations, Finds, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 13, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

I was reading this CBC News article about the failure of an electronic anklet pilot project that was run by Correctional Service Canada. According to some University of New Brunswick professor, the anklets didn’t work as well as had been hoped, and the whole thing was a big waste of money.

Whatever. I don’t really care – that’s what pilot projects are for.

But there was one statistic in the article that caught my eye.  Apparently,

Keeping an offender in a medium-security facility costs $239 a day, or $87,500 a year, while housing them in a community correctional centre costs $65,656 annually.

Umm… what?!

I make a very decent living – about what both my parents made at the height of their careers, combined. But I do not make $87,500 a year – especially not after taxes.  And I would bet most Canadians don’t make anywhere near that much either.

When I was in university, I lived on less than $10,000 a year.  And that payed for food, rent and all the booze I could drink.

So where does all of this money go?  How can a single offender cost $239 each day?

CRTC actually gets something right!

Posted in Aggravations, Thoughts with tags , , , , , on July 13, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

102.1 the Edge and The Dean Blundell Show were vindicated, again, last week – this time by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).  The 8 July ruling found that the 20 March 2009 iteration of the radio morning show,

did not fail to meet the objective of the Act that programming be of a high standard.

This comes after already having been decided as such by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) last February.

The CRTC concluded that,

…there was no violation of established broadcast standards. Rather, response to this program is clearly a matter of taste, one best managed by audiences exercising choice.

Yes! Yes, yes yes! Finally!

I am really not a fan of the CRTC.  Really not. But they got it right this time.

If you do not like what is playing on the radio, turn it off!