Thursday, January 19, 2012

Nova Scotia MP's in line to collect Massive Pension's

The member of parliament for the South Shore will be among the highest paid federal politicians in the province if he retires on or after 2015. Gerald Keddy of South Shore-St. Margarets will receive the 4th highest annual pension. Canadian Taxpayers Federation Atlantic President Kevin Lacey says with pensions like Keddy's, its little wonder the pension program for MP's and Senators is on a fast track to go bust. "He will eligible to receive by 2015 just over $94,000 a year. That's over double most Nova Scotian's salary this year," Keddy's pension will only be lower than defence minister Peter McKay, who will receive the highest pension of all Nova Scotia MP's at $117,200 dollars a year; Liberal Geoff Regan at $105,000; and Liberal Scott Brison at 96,000.

VIDEO: Ashes in compost bin cause minor fire in Dayspring

A bit of a scare Thursday morning for a Dayspring family. Ashes were put into a compost bin which caused a minor fire at 213 Larry Fraser Road just after 11am. Dayspring and District Fire Department official Kevin Corkum confirmed there was no working fire when crews arrived after the family put the flames out themselves. Fire department members cleared the scene in less than hour.

Chester Explores E-Voting

Residents of Chester may have the option to cast an electronic vote during municipal elections in October. Council tossed around the idea during their meeting this morning. The municipality is hoping the switch may appeal to younger voters and increase overall voter turnout. Councillor Marshall Hector says its a great idea and he would support the move. The municipality is considering offering electronic voting via phone or online during advanced polls while maintaining the traditional paper ballot system for election day. Council decided to investigate the matter further and look to other jurisdictions who have already introduced the practice.