Author: AdamBennett

Ontarians will go to the polls on June 7 to determine the next provincial government. Over the coming month, we will hear the leaders and candidates alike debate such topics as healthcare, education, seniors and daycare. But this election also provides the opportunity to talk about one of the most important and expensive issues facing Ontario’s 444 municipalities – the rising cost of emergency services. Over the last number of years we have seen the discussion of the cost of emergency evolve from one centred solely on the broken interest arbitration system to now include other topics that serve to increase the cost of emergency services in more subtle manner. These include:
  • Changes to the Police Services Act
  • Bill 148, Fair Workplace, Better Jobs Act 2017
  • ·         Proposed changes to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997
  • ·         Paramedics on fire trucks

Good morning and thank you for allowing me to present to you this morning. My name is Kelly McDermott, and I am the Senior Solicitor for Labour Relations at the Region of Durham and I am here on behalf of Norm Gale, President of ESSC, who could not be here today. The Emergency Services Steering Committee (ESSC) is a working group of senior staff from municipalities that provide some combination of fire, police and paramedic services.  Our...

Link to article here. Council will consider this week a provincial pilot project to introduce firemedics into the city’s emergency response landscape. “The province’s plan involves combining the skills and experiences of a firefighter and that of a paramedic into a single role known as a firemedic,” a staff report notes. “In June 2017, the Ontario government announced that the province will ‘provide funding for two pilots in interested municipalities that will enable firefighters certified as paramedics...

Click to National Post article here January 4, 2018 Sgt. Robert Mugridge was suspended over fraud charges. Ontario is the only province where officers facing serious charges cannot be suspended without pay CHATHAM — Paid to do nothing, a senior Chatham-Kent police officer has quit the force after costing taxpayers nearly $400,000 in pay for the more than three years that he was suspended from the job. The departure of Sgt. Robert Mugridge, announced Wednesday, comes days before the...

Link to St. Thomas Times-Journal article here. November 14, 2017 Louis Pin   Rural municipalities are warning of double-digit tax hikes if proposed changes to provincial labour laws are passed. Though most of the focus on the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act has been on increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019, communities such as Strathroy-Caradoc and Lucan are raising the alarm about changes that would cause firefighting budgets to soar. “This could result in the largest property tax...