St. Thomas And East Elgin join Doors Open Ontario promotion


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Doors Open Ontario 2009 kicks off on April 25
with an event in Guelph. This year, visitors will have the chance to explore
heritage buildings, architectural showpieces and community landmarks at 48
events across the province.
Six of the events in 2009 are new. Lake of Bays, Richmond Hill, Minden,
East Elgin, Milton and St. Thomas have all joined the program.
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Ain’t life grand, $100 grand that is


From the St. Thomas Times-Journal

Nineteen local public sector employees have joined the so-called Sunshine Club for public sector workers earning more than $100,000 in 2008.

Under the Public Sector Disclosure Act, the name and salary of employees earning more than $100,000 are published yearly.

The biggest increase in this area came for St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital which saw seven new employees earn salaries in excess of $100,000. Three of those were registered nurses and CEO Paul Collins said it’s now normal to find them with six-figure salaries. Continue reading

The sun shines brightly on the Thames Valley District School Board


From the St. Thomas Times-Journal

The Thames Valley District School Board has added a whopping 115 new members to its Sunshine Club — the list of public sector employees earning more than $100,000 a year.

In all, 180 principals, administrative staff and teachers earned more than $100,000 in 2008, according to an annual filing required under Ontario’s so-called Sunshine Law.

That’s up from 65 the previous year and more than 100 of them are elementary school principals, including at least 17 from St. Thomas-Elgin.

“That (increase) would be because our elementary principals, as a group, this year, their salary grid placed them above $100,000 for the first time,” said Mike Sereda, executive superintendent of human resources.

He noted that all principals will be on that list in given time due to pay increases.

But, he noted the Sunshine list is out of date.

“It was created at a time when very few people had a salary of $100,000.”

For the second year in a row, former director of education Bill Bryce earned the highest salary at $266,721. Meanwhile, current education director Bill Tucker earned $186,850 plus $1,130 in taxable benefits, and Sereda himself was paid $159,746.