AG report focuses on 15 key issues, including re-employment of pensioners and prevalence of diabetes

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Auditor General's Report for year ending March 31, 2010

In his report releases this morning, Auditor General John Noseworthy took the provincial government to task on items such as the rehiring of retired teachers without their pension benefits being suspended, and for its management of diabetes in the province.

Noseworthy said that the province is the worst in Canada for diabetes prevalence, and the province also has the most unhealthy diet.

Faced with those challenges, Noseworthy said that government does not have a chronic disease prevention and management strategy, and 33 per cent of doctors are not keeping statistics on diabetes diagnosis.

In the realm of provincial fisheries enforcement, Noseworthy said that there is a lack of organization when it comes to doing inspections.

Officers are doing almost the same number of inspections on cod as they are for shrimp, despite the fact that shrimp accounts for more than five times the landings compared to cod.

In his report, Noseworthy said he was pleased that the government has been listening to what he has to say. About 89 per cent of his recommendations from 2004 and 2008 have been acted upon.

Noseworthy released his annual report this morning for the year ending March 31, 2010.

The 530-page document examines a broad range of topics, including teacher pensions, contaminated sites, ambulance services, disabilities in the province and fisheries compliance and enforcement.

The full report can be found at http://www.ag.gov.nl.ca/ag/annualReports.htm

More details to follow on the website and full coverage in Thursday’s Telegram.

 

 

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  • Oh no what hardship
    January 26, 2011 - 18:03

    Its hard getting by a on a teachers pension. The highest salary grid last year was $81,168. Let's see 70% of that as a pension! Come on you try and live off of $56,800 a year plus RRSP's I dont care if you don't have a mortgage or no kids to raise! http://www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/k12/teaching/DOC031909.pdf

  • Barbara Colbourne
    January 26, 2011 - 16:58

    People please, I have it on good authority that the Auditor General can only investigate Department's in Government that the present Government gave him permission to investigate. Issues in this report are issues that this Government has studied and will make part of its October election campaign, and further, are issues that they already have decided to act upon. When you see all the election money being thrown at these issues, don't for one moment think that Government was forced into it by the AG. This is planned.

  • AG Report Reader
    January 26, 2011 - 12:40

    The Forestry Services Branch (Wildlife Officers) has missing equipment, boats, ATV's, snowmobiles, trailers, digital cameras, GPS, binoculars.....call in the police. It seems the philosophy in this department is if noone comes looking for it, wait a period of time and it's yours. Equipment and vehicles are intentionally left off inventory lists so employees can use them for their own person use and the department will replace them, shame shame... call in the police.