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• It looks like it’s going to be a fairly expensive afternoon in the House of Assembly, at a time when Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy is using every opportunity to talk about the need for the provincial government to save money.
Politicians from across the province will gather in St. John’s, and for out-of-town backbenchers especially, that won’t be cheap. They’ll show up for today, the first day of the spring sitting of the legislature, and then when things wrap up for the day, they’ll go home for the weekend.
“There’s considerable expense to open this House for, really, a few hours,” Liberal Leader Dwight Ball said.
• A new study on Canadian IT security has found a “pervasive” sense of vulnerability among businesses.
The report, by the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto with Telus, is the result of interviews with security executives — at firms spanning several industries, including retail and finance, as well as security firms — across Canada to uncover common security concerns and strategies.
The report found four main security concerns: “Has my organization been breached, and I don’t know about it? How will a breach affect my brand? What are my employees doing with corporate data? How do I retain my security resources?”
“There’s concern from research participants that there’s an inevitability of a major security breach, while at the same time they were expressing a lack of confidence that they could actually identify the breach when it occurred,” said report co-author Hernan Barros, director of Telus’s security division.
• It’ll be wall-to-wall debate on the province’s fiscal situation when MHAs troop back into the House of Assembly today — all three political parties say that’s the No. 1 thing on their agenda.
Typically, the province’s budget dominates the spring sitting of the House every year, but this year, the government’s fiscal position is especially politically contentious.
Last month, Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy revealed the government is forecasting a $1.6-billion deficit for the coming year, and another budget shortfall of the same size for 2014.
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