I have been searching online for major accomplishments of this Council and came up short other than ongoing significant tax increases over the past 10 years and building the Benson Centre. Tax payers simply cannot afford to leave this Council in power.
Each and every day city employees work to meet the needs of taxpayers. I will use my career with the City and Counties to clarify.
In the late 80’s early 90’s I plan implemented The GSDL(GLEN STOR DUN LODGE) Outreach Program which in 2012 celebrated it’s 25 year anniversary. In the late 90’s I reorganized the WSIB schedules to reduce cost by $400,000.00 annually with no impact on injured employees.
I wonder where all that money has gone over the years?
I then went on to develop the City’s evacuation and communications plans as Certified Emergency Planning Coordinator. At the same time I implemented reverse 911 (Community Alert Network), a goal Mr. Fitzpatrick said could not be accomplished but fortunately for the community he was wrong and I not only implemented it but also had it cost shared with the counties and industry for 10 years.
Oh yes, we can’t forget Social Contract those dear old “Ray days”. The City signed a Social Contract agreement with non union employees. The non union fulfilled their part of the agreement but when it came for the City to take responsibility all of a sudden they stated that is was not an enforceable contract since we were not a union.
Ridiculous I know, but we did have to form a formal non union group, hire a lawyer and even then they refused to fulfill the entire contract. That was the closest the non union group game to unionizing by calling OPSU in.
The group eventually decided to settle for less than the agreed contract but the City made it mandatory for all employees had to sign or they would not settle. I signed but attached a letter stating how disappointed I was with the Corporation for their poor treatment of a very dedicated group of employees, and I was only signing to support the group not that anything about this was fair, legal or ethical.
I used to joke saying my job was to protect the City from itself. I didn’t realize how true that was until I was retaliated against for protecting a vulnerable senior from abuse. Unfortunately Ms. Clement or Ms. MacDonald could not come to that seniors defence given their role on the GSDL Management Committee.
I don’t think employees ever believe they will have to use the legal system to protect themselves from their employer. Yet that is exactly where I found myself in disbelieve and shock after 18 years of dedicated service.
The Ministry charged the City and after spending millions of taxpayer dollars to go to court and then made a 180 degree turn and pled guilty at the 11th hour. Yet another example of poor inappropriate management of tax dollars.
I mean, they had at least four law firms involved at one point, some just looking at conflict of interest issues with other firms. Ludicrous to say the least, but after all it didn’t cost Mr. Fitzpatrick, Ms. Derouchie or Mr. Menagh one cent not to mention they actually got rewarded with very generous severances packages at the taxpayers expense.
Lets not forget the horrendous treatment of Deputy Chief Hickley. Julie Johnston RN and Jamie Gilcig by this Corporation and who gave the taxpayers Transparency by speaking out, yes it was the Whistle-blowers not the Council who ran a campaign on that very issue.
Since it is commonly understood that you can base future actions by looking at past behaviour which speaks louder than any campaign promise. In HR I looked at every situation from a fair and consistent perspective a simple concept taught in most HR courses but a concept this corporation finds impossible to grasp.
From my experience a vote for this Council is a vote AGAINST Transparency, Integrity and Accountability as they have demonstrated time and time again.