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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......

The ESSC is expressing concern with the Government’s proposed consolidation of paramedic services in the province. We support there needs to be changes to province’s paramedic services. Along with our partner the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs, we have long called on the government to improve the province’s antiquated EMS communications/dispatch system and expand the scope of practice for paramedics. Both of these initiatives are part of the government’s recent announcement, and we have every......

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......

For a number of years, the ESSC has worked to advocate for changes to Ontario’s arbitration system as it relates to collective bargaining with emergency services. Make no mistake – municipalities value the work that is done daily by the men and women of police, fire and paramedicine. However, with the cost of emergency services rising at a rate far higher than inflation, steps needed to be taken to address the way collective bargaining agreements......

With the change in government there has been a lot of activity in the world of emergency services, not the least of which are a number of collective bargaining agreements in the policing sector, which we are sure will be a lively topic of debate at our ESSC Labour Forum on June 7th. This will be complemented by a discussion concerning the implementation of the Police Services Act, 2019. If you have not registered yet......