Buz Investors PUBLIC SERVICES, IMPROVE PATIENT CARE The Manitoba government is introducing companion pieces of legislation to protect the front-line services relied upon by Manitoba families, deliver better patient care through necessary

PROVINCE INTRODUCES PROPOSED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PROTECT SUSTAINABILITY OF PUBLIC SERVICES, IMPROVE PATIENT CARE

 PUBLIC SERVICES, IMPROVE PATIENT CARE

Buz Investors PUBLIC SERVICES, IMPROVE PATIENT CARE The Manitoba government is introducing companion pieces of legislation to protect the front-line services relied upon by Manitoba families, deliver better patient care through necessary

Buz Investors  PUBLIC SERVICES, IMPROVE PATIENT CARE  The Manitoba government is introducing companion pieces of legislation to protect the front-line services relied upon by Manitoba families, deliver better patient care through necessary reform and bargaining unit restructuring, and guard against tax increases, Finance Minister Cameron Friesen and Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

“Our government inherited serious financial challenges and unsustainable expenditure growth,” said Friesen.  “It is clear that the status quo is not working and that ignoring the problem for years had put Manitoba on a path toward record deficits that threatened our province’s ability to sustain frontline services for Manitobans.”




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In seven of the past eight years, expenditures in Manitoba have exceeded revenues by a significant amount, leaving Manitoba on track to nearly double the province’s deficit to $1.7 billion by 2019, Friesen noted.

The minister noted the proposed legislation is part of a multi-faceted and ongoing approach to ensure the sustainability of front-line services across the public sector.  Early efforts focused on a complete reorganization of government departments and reducing the size of cabinet.  The next step involved a more responsive and effective management approach, to reduce a top-heavy structure initially in the civil service through streamlining and consolidation, a process that now continues across the broader public sector, Friesen said.

The minister noted Manitoba’s government continues to focus on sustaining and improving front-line services through greater consistency and certainty around public sector compensation costs while at the same time enabling better and more consistent patient care.  This legislation follows extensive pre-budget consultations with Manitobans and continuing dialogue with union leaders, he noted.  Other consultative work nears completion, through expert reviews of both Manitoba’s fiscal situation and the province’s health-care sustainability objectives.

Proposed new legislation called the public services sustainability act would:
• respect existing collective bargaining agreements and support meaningful collective bargaining;
• establish a rolling four-year sustainability period, beginning at the expiration of existing collective agreements, which establishes a framework for future increases to public sector compensation levels and fee payments for physicians that would set out limits on increases as follows:
– in the first two years of the sustainability period, unionized and non-unionized public sector employees receive no pay increase;
– in the third year, a maximum increase of 0.75 percent; and
– in the fourth year, a maximum increase of 1.0 percent.
• encourage employers and unions to jointly find ongoing cost savings which can be returned to Manitoba citizens; and
• adopt a balanced and measured approach, by:
– retaining increases resulting from promotions and periodic or performance-based increases within an established pay range;
– not affecting pensions; and
– not imposing wage rollbacks or unpaid days off.

The minister indicated the legislation would apply to an estimated 120,000 employees, bargaining unit employees and non-represented employees of: the government and its agencies, health organizations, financial reporting organizations, child and family service authorities and agencies, universities, colleges, independent offices, the legislative assembly, political staff and school divisions/districts.  The four-year sustainability period, and the percentage limits on pay increases for employees during that period, would also apply to physicians and other health professionals who receive payments under The Health Services Insurance Act, he noted.

Judges, judicial justices of the peace and masters, as well as other levels of government, including municipalities, would not be included within the scope of the legislation.

“Our government has been engaged for many weeks in a dialogue with union leadership and we remain committed to meaningful consultation with organized labour,” said Friesen.  “While we have not been able to agree on all issues, we have listened and considered the views of all those around the table.  We believe this legislation is a fair compromise that will allow us to achieve the sustainability of services that Manitobans expect through greater expenditure management, while preserving respect for the collective bargaining process.”

Accompanying legislation is also being introduced which would enable the restructuring of bargaining units to improve patient care while ongoing discussions with health-care unions continue, Goertzen said.

“There are currently more than 180 different bargaining units and collective agreements in the health-care sector,” said Goertzen.  “This reality adds administrative burdens and makes it challenging to ensure integrated, quality care for patients across our province’s health-care system.  The proposed legislation sets out a framework for us to significantly reduce the number of bargaining units and increase the flexibility necessary to improve the quality and consistency of patient care across Manitoba.  Our ongoing discussions with unions will continue, as we mutually explore additional opportunities for further improvements.”

Minister Goertzen noted the proposed legislation would enable changes that could be phased in over time, and emphasized that following the completion of the Health System Sustainability and Innovation Review and further discussions with health-care unions, additional information could be taken into consideration.

Proposed new legislation called the health sector bargaining unit review act would include:
• appointing a commissioner to oversee bargaining unit restructuring;
• designating employers organizations to enable the streamlining of bargaining units within each region and in particular, within the Winnipeg health region, which currently has 113 bargaining units;
• designating an employer bargaining representative with exclusive jurisdiction to bargain in order to ensure consistency in collective bargaining across all employers organizations and provincewide health employers including Diagnostic Services Manitoba and CancerCare Manitoba;
• reducing the number of bargaining units from 182 to less than 50 and set out relevant factors to be considered – beginning with operational efficiency and the promotion of health-care delivery – to ensure employees are grouped within the appropriate bargaining unit;
• enabling employees to choose which bargaining agent will represent them by requiring fair and democratic representation votes to be held where there is more than one union eligible;
• allowing seniority and service recognition to be portable, from the existing bargaining unit to the new bargaining unit, and ensure that changes in bargaining units would not constitute termination of employment;
• defining the appropriate bargaining units for each region and each provincewide health employer; nurses, physicians, medical residents, physician assistants and clinical assistants, professional/technical/paramedical employees, facility support employees and community support employees; and
• setting out a process for concluding a revised collective agreement.

“Pay and benefits represent approximately 73 percent of the province’s total health budget,” said Goertzen.  “When you take into consideration the fact that the health budget makes up nearly half of Manitoba’s total provincial budget it is obvious that we have a unique opportunity before us to work together to improve patient care while ensuring the long-term sustainability of our province’s health-care system for all Manitobans.”

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Buz Investors Manitoba Most Affordable Tuition Legislation is being introduced by the provincial government that would ensure Manitoba students continue to enjoy the lowest average tuition fees in Western Canada

PROVINCE INTRODUCES LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ENSURE AFFORDABILITY, SUSTAINABILITY OF POST SECONDARY EDUCATION

Students in Manitoba Would Continue to Have
Western Canada’s Most Affordable Tuition:  Wishart

Buz Investors Manitoba Most Affordable Tuition Legislation is being introduced by the provincial government that would ensure Manitoba students continue to enjoy the lowest average tuition fees in Western Canada

Buz Investors  Manitoba Most Affordable Tuition Legislation is being introduced by the provincial government that would ensure Manitoba students continue to enjoy the lowest average tuition fees in Western Canada and ensure the long-term sustainability of the province’s post-secondary institutions, Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart announced today.

“Our priority is ensuring Manitoba students have access to affordable, high-quality education at post-secondary institutions close to home,” said Wishart.  “Students want a post-secondary education that will allow them to develop the skills they need to secure rewarding careers upon graduation.  Our government is taking steps to ensure that Manitoba universities are able to provide a quality education while keeping tuition rates the lowest in Western Canada.”




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The proposed advanced education administration amendment act would:
• maintain Manitoba’s average tuition fees as the lowest of those charged among western provinces;
• enable universities to set tuition at rates that better reflect the cost of delivering programs;
• removes the unnecessary processes to review course-related fees, which the minister noted is an onerous provision that has not demonstrated value;
• allow the provincial government to deduct a portion of the grants to universities, if the average tuition fees in Manitoba are not the lowest among western provinces; and
• provide for a maximum permitted increase for tuition fees, set out as follows:
 – tuition fee increases to be limited to an annual rate of no more than five per cent plus the Consumer Price Index.

Wishart noted the proposed changes would come into effect for the 2018-19 academic year.  Tuition at Manitoba’s colleges and any college-level programming offered by universities is regulated through policy set by the minister.  He noted the province intends to amend this policy to reflect the proposed changes at the university level and maintain Manitoba’s average college tuition fees as the lowest among western provinces.  Additionally, the legislation would exclude tuition charged by the Canadian Mennonite University, a private degree-granting institution.  This provision is identical to the existing tuition legislation, he said.

The average arts and science tuition in Manitoba post-secondary institutions is the third lowest in Canada and well below the national average.  Manitoba’s post-secondary institutions have all told government the current tuition cap creates a major constraint on their financial sustainability, the minister said.

The proposed changes would achieve a balance between protecting the affordability of post-secondary education in Manitoba and reducing the administrative burden on universities associated with the annual process of tuition and fee approvals through government.  In addition, the new framework would help ensure Manitoba students receive high-quality education, now and into the future, the minister said.

The Manitoba government previously announced an increase in provincial funding available directly to Manitoba post-secondary students through the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative.  Provincial investments now totalling $6.75 million in 2017-18, will result in up to $20 million in scholarships and bursaries going directly to students each year, promoting affordable and accessible post-secondary education for more students throughout the province, the minister said.

“Our government is taking steps to keep Manitoba tuition the lowest in Western Canada while also providing additional support directly to post-secondary students,” said Wishart.  “We are committed to ensuring that Manitoba students receive the supports they need to achieve success on the path to graduation and beyond.”

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Newmont Ranked Mining Industry Leader by Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for Second Year in a Row

Newmont Ranked Mining Industry Leader by Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for Second Year in a Row

Newmont Ranked Mining Industry Leader by Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for Second Year in a Row

Newmont Ranked Mining Industry Leader by Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for Second Year in a Row

Ranking marks 10th consecutive year Newmont selected for inclusion on index

Buz Investors Watching Gold Mining DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)– For the second year in a row, Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) was ranked by the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) as the mining industry’s overall leader in sustainability. Newmont’s inclusion on the index also marked the 10th consecutive year the company has been selected for the DJSI World. This year, the DJSI World – one of the most highly regarded sustainability indices – included 316 global companies identified as leaders in the areas of sustainable economic, environmental and social performance. Newmont was the first gold company named to the index in 2007, and has been included on the DJSI North America Index every year since 2006.

“We’re honored that our economic, environmental and social performance was recognized as the best in the mining sector by the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the second year running. This performance reflects our team’s deep commitment to sustainability and continuous improvement,” said Gary Goldberg, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our focus on creating value and improving lives through sustainable and responsible mining translates into safe working conditions and good jobs for employees; sustainable economic development for our host communities; and strong returns and prospects for our shareholders and other stakeholders.”

In addition to being ranked the overall industry leader in the mining sector, Newmont received the highest score (100th percentile) in a number of areas including Occupational Health and Safety, Risk and Crisis Management; Climate Strategy; Environmental Policy and Management Systems; Water-related Risks; Asset Closure Management; and Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy.

DJSI World tracks the performance of 2,500 leading companies worldwide, independently evaluating their long-term economic, environmental and social performance. The top 10 percent of performers are selected from among each industry group. DJSI evaluates companies based on a variety of criteria, including transparency, corporate governance, risk and crisis management, environmental management and performance, climate strategy, water risks, stakeholder engagement, local community development, labor practices, human rights and safety.

More information on Newmont’s safety, economic, environmental and social performance can be found in the company’s annual sustainability report, Beyond the Mine. The report is published as part of Newmont’s ongoing obligations as a founding member of the International Council on Mining and Metals and in accordance with the company’s commitments under the United Nations’ Global Compact and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

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Newmont is a leading gold and copper producer. The Company’s operations are primarily in the United States, Australia, Ghana, Peru, Indonesia and Suriname. Newmont is the only gold producer listed in the S&P 500 Index and was named the mining industry leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index in 2015 and 2016. The Company is an industry leader in value creation, supported by its leading technical, environmental, social and safety performance. Newmont was founded in 1921 and has been publicly traded since 1925.