"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Thursday 13 April 2017


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM": 

Maybe if they only fight fires 18 minutes a year, we really don't need them. It is worth the potential loss in property and lives I think to save that kind of money.  

If dress uniforms is an issue, why not take a page out of the military. The military provides standard work dress. Dress uniforms are purchased by the individual.  

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 13 April 2017 at 12:15


The  argument is not that emergency services are not  essential. 

Fifty per cent of calls are for medical emergencies. 

Health care is a provincial responsibility. 

Local firefighting departments are obviously the agents capable of providing immeduate assistance. 

Cutting victims out of cars damaged in highway accidents is also the department's responsibility. 

Ongoing training is a priority and being prepared for natural disasters is also necessary. 

There's no argument fire-fighters should not be adequately compensated for their  work. 

No contribution comes from the government level collecting resources from sin taxes to provide 
that service. 

That being said, the service is part of  larger organisation. Work conditions, pay and benefit 
packages are jealously regarded . Teachers, nurses, librarians, and top administrators are 
not  inclined to accept second place status and the race to the top has no finish line 

In Newmarket/Aurora, staff are engaged year round in e does rounds of "bargaining".
in arbitration.  

I think arbitration  is always lop-sided to the advantage of labour. But not to all. 

Arbitrated decision -makers are not accountable. 

Names are barely exchanged. 

In the  first police arbitration  in my experience ,the police received more than they requested.  

For decades ,municipal administrators have quietly,secretly,furtively, behind the scenes, for fear of offending our local  heroes and the public, petitioned successive Provincial governments , to no avail, to fix the "broken"  system of arbitration. 

Even while they themselves benefit exponentially from a process that bears no resemblance to 
bargaining in good faith. "Feeding at the public trough" is a phrase that echoes down the canyon 
over and over into the foreseeable future. 
It was no coincidence Dalton McGuinty was featured on the eve of his last campaign surrounded by 
firefighters in full firefighting gear holding up signs "Firefighters for Dalton McGuinty" . 

Police associations  are not permitted to participate in politics. They  don't have to. Firefighters do the job  for both. 

McGuinty had no shame. 

That  fellow O'Leary, candidate for leadership of the federal conservatives, has touched on the topic 
of generous pensions and long life expectancy.

It may be time for history to repeat itself.  

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I appreciate and respect the work and service firefighters provide to all of us. They truly are the first responders to an emergency. I've witnessed numerous emergencies where police haven't been around and had to respond and act as both firefighter and cop. Unfortunately their political influence has always been immeasurable to all politians along with the police, teachers and many other government unions. It should be of no surprise how their "collective" agreements are signed.