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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. ...

On Monday October 22, 2018 Ontarians will go to the polls to vote in the municipal election.   All elected municipal officials, regardless of the size of their municipality, will face issues related to finances, property taxes and the provision of services. In Ontario the cost of providing emergency services, whether it is fire, police or paramedic services, is increasing at a fast rate.   The Emergency Services Steering Committee was established in 2005 as......

On November 15 as part of the Fall Economic Statement Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli introduced Bill 57, Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act, 2018.Under  section 18, it provides protection for “double-hatters” and reforms the interest arbitration provision in the Fire Protection and Prevention Act. This bill passed on December 6, 2018   The ESSC has been advocating for these reforms for a number of years. This bill is a step in the right direction. It......

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......