Category Archive: Unpublished Newspaper Articles

Government vs private sector jobs

OCTOBER 2009 I have been a government worker for the past 22 years, but have also spent some time working in the private sector, so I do have an opinion on both. I’m not trying to convert anyone to the side of government workers. Anyone who, shall we say, has a dislike of public service …

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Flashing green light, pull to the right

October 2009 I’ve noticed several signs posted around the county about this topic, so maybe this subject bears repeating here:  when you see flashing green lights on a car in your rear-view mirror, pull to the right.  This is a volunteer firefighter on their way to a fire call.  Small towns and rural communities are …

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Site 41 dump temporarily stopped

August 2009 For good or bad, right or wrong, Simcoe County council voted to put a one year moratorium of the construction of the Simcoe North Landfill, AKA, Site 41.  Now Simcoe County Warden Tony Guergis is suggesting that Site 41 be abandoned as there will never be support for situating a landfill on the …

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Freeze Out the Rich Bureaucrats

February 2009   Re: Christina Blizzard’s "Freeze out rich bureaucrats" (Feb 1), one of the things that really stuck out for me was the paragraph…."government compares public sector salaries with the private sector to arrive at a reasonable level of compensation". As a (low level) public servant for the past 22 years, I think this …

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Even In a Recession There are Still Opportunities

February 2009   With Canada and much of the world in an economic recession, things can seem pretty bleak. For those who still have a job, the prospect of future job loss or pay-cuts are a constant fear. Although those working in the manufacturing sector, especially automotive are being hit the hardest, even white collar …

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TTC Needs the Police

February 2009   Re: Another TTC shooting (February 24), it’s high time Toronto Transit Commission Special Constables were given full police status and issued side-arms. Although Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair has promised to increase the police presence on the TTC system, it’s simply not enough. By default, Chief Blair has admitted that an armed …

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Not Always Right to Strike

(full version of an article that appeared in the Toronto Sun, 4 February 2009)   I do appreciate that employees have the right to be treated fairly when in contract negotiations. Now that we finally have a resolution to the York University strike, we are now faced with the possibility of the elementary teachers federation …

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The Right to Quit

January 2009   Regarding Mireille Levesque’s letter, (The right to quit, January 1, 2009), I absolutely agree that American war resisters/deserters should have the right to quit the military.

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SIU Not So Toothless

October 2008   As a serving police officer, I can tell you that even a "toothless SIU" still scares many police officers, especially the honest ones. Even though many of their staff are ex-cops, has no one heard on the Professional Standards Branch (Internal Affaris to American cop-show watchers). The job of these officers is …

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Manufacturing Job Losses

October 2008   With all the job losses in the manufacturing sector, I thought I would chime in with my two cents.

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