2010 Public Sector Salaries, Elgin/St. Thomas health sector

Salary figures released March 31,2011 for 2010 – 2009 salary in brackets.

St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital
Collins, Paul – President/Chief Executive Officer – $205,569.00
Craig, Dr. Ian – Pathologist – $240,078.28 ($469,263)
Ferizovic, Hamumka – Registered Nurse – $105,714.23 (new)
Fletcher, Kathryn Ann – Pharmacist -$122,931.17 ($115,866)
Grant, Anita – Director, Patient Care – $107,092.01 ($108,617)
Hillman, Mary-Ellen – Registered Nurse – $108,295.56 ($103,804)
Hopkins, Malcolm – Vice-president, corporate services – $154,763.82
Kolator-Cotnam, Susan – Pharmacist – $107,591.27 ($103,929)
Lambert, Brenda – Vice-president, patient services – $129,872.10
Misch, Christopher – Director, quality risk & safety – $104,920.33
Moore, Ann – Registered Nurse – $105,195.49 ($104,711)
Pinnell, Mary Katherine – Registered Nurse – $112,769.30 (new)
Thompson, Heather – Director, patient care – $105,218.27 ($105,387)
Wasty, Dr. Fasahat – pathologist – $334,805.43 ($334,805)

Elgin St. Thomas Public Health
Kuntz, Carolyn – Director, health promotion – $105,081.70 ($114,221)
McLachlin – Director, health protection – $107,110.60 ($114,221)
St. John, Cynthia – Executive Director – $135,735.60 ($150,075)

Canadian Mental Health Association, Elgin branch
Debruyn, Heather – $109,194.68 ($104,541)

Community Living Elgin
McCallum, Tom – Executive Director – $103,610.00 ($103,610)

Family and Children’s Services of St. Thomas and Elgin
Potgieter, Rod, Executive Director – $139,903.71 ($135,000)
Flegel, Dawn, Director of Service $105,224.86 (new)

West Elgin Community Health Centre
George, Kim, Physician – $203,001.00 (new)
Mardell, Kevin physician $266,891.00 ($259,400)

Talks progressing on cross-lake ferry service between Cleveland and Port Stanley

Port Stanley harbour

March 30, 2011 – A delegation of officials from Central Elgin, Ontario spent last Friday in Cleveland meeting with Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority officials and others about launching cross-lake ferry service.

Officials from both sides are eager to explore the opportunity and agreed to craft a memorandum of understanding outlining their shared vision and next steps. If a ferry service results it would begin on a pilot basis, operating between Cleveland and Port Stanley with a focus on tourism and other passenger demand.

“We were quite pleased with our discussions and impressed by Cleveland’s many tourist attractions,” said Central Elgin Mayor Bill Walters. “I believe this proposed ferry service would create a wonderful international gateway and cultivate new opportunities for travel and economic development.”
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A last-minute change to your PC nominee line-up


UPDATE: Jeff Yurek won the Ontario PC riding nomination for Elgin-Middlesex-London Saturday on the fourth ballot at Parkside Collegiate Institute.

Seems provincial Conservatives ensconced at Toronto headquarters turned their noses up at, and thumbs down on, Peter Osjotic’s nomination bid for today’s Elgin-Middlesex-London run-off at Parkside Collegiate Institute.

No reason given, when this corner approached Alan Sakach, director of communications for the Ontario PCs.

“It’s an internal organizational matter by the party,” was the extent of Sakach’s enlightenment.

Read the full story here .

However, a hot rumour making the rounds infers a copy of the 2003 McCarthy Tetrault report somehow made it’s way to TO and may have influenced the Ostojic decision.
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Peter Ostojic’s hopes of gaining Conservative nomination dashed in Toronto

City Scope has learned former St. Thomas mayor Peter Ostojic’s bid to gain the provincial Conservative nomination in Elgin-Middlesex-London was quashed at party headquarters.

Ostojic declared his intention to run in early February, however his bid was not approved in Toronto and he was informed Monday, less than a week prior to Saturday’s nomination meeting at Parkside Collegiate Institute.

Alan Sakach, director of communications for the Ontario PC Party, told City Scope on Tuesday five individuals are in the running: Lynn Acre, Tom Marks, Peter North, Delia Reiche and Jeff Yurek.

When asked to confirm Ostojic is not on the final nomination list, Sakach responded, “That is correct, he is not.”

Asked to explain the discrepancy in reports published in the Times-Journal about Ostojic’s nomination bid, Sakach stressed, “It’s an internal organizational matter by the party. We’ve got rules and a process and if there’s a dispute there is a process that is available to resolve that. In general, I won’t comment on people that may not be running, only when they are confirmed as running.”

When asked to confirm Ostojic had indeed filed his nomination bid, Sakach would only say, “There are lots of people interested in running for the party, but like I said I’m not going to comment on people until they are confirmed.”

PC Riding Association president Stan Stanek confirmed the decision was relayed to Ostojic on Monday.

“I haven’t been officially notified by the party, but apparently they’ve notified Mr. Ostojic and it was left up to him to let us know. And, in fact, he has let me know. It is a fact. It was disclosed Monday afternoon.”

Asked if this will alter the process for Saturday’s nomination meeting, Stanek said, “It doesn’t change the process, we’ll just be missing one candidate, which everyone was counting on. I was surprised myself, but that’s their decision.”

City Scope hopes to have comments from Ostojic on Wednesday and the full story will appear in the Times-Journal.

Return of CAO enhanced by promotion of city clerk


After seven years of doing without, St. Thomas will re-establish the position of chief administrative officer at city hall with the appointment of clerk Wendell Graves to the post, effective April 4.

Read full announcement here.

It’s a move this corner has endorsed for at least a couple of years, to the chagrin of former mayor Cliff Barwick and more than a few faithful readers who have questioned the move to promote Graves into the office without a full-scale search.

He is more than qualified for the CAO title, he’s proved himself a key asset to the city and the financial implications will benefit city ratepayers.
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As expected, Wendell Graves announced as city’s first CAO since 2004

Mayor Heather Jackson-Chapman and Members of City Council are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Wendell Graves as the Chief Administrative Officer / Clerk. Mr. Graves will assume these responsibilities on Monday, April 4, 2011.

Wendell Graves

In 2004 the City implemented a Management Board structure which has remained in place until earlier this year when City Council made the decision to return to a CAO system of civic administration. With the reintroduction of the CAO system Council’s desire is to position the City to seize all opportunities for the City and to meet its challenges with a focused administration.

Wendell Graves is no stranger to the City and has served as City Clerk since 2004. Wendell has 29 years of progressive public service including his time with the Town of Aylmer where he served for ten years as Chief Administrative Officer.
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Contract awarded for forensic mental health care projects in St. Thomas and London

Proposed St. Thomas facility

For Immediate Release March 14, 2011
From Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Steve Peters

Environmentally-friendly facility to boost local economy during construction

ST. THOMAS – St. Joseph’s Health Care, London (St. Joseph’s) and Infrastructure Ontario announced today that Integrated Team Solutions (ITS) has signed a contract to design, build, finance and maintain two new mental health care facilities in St. Thomas and London.

Today’s announcement signals that all contractual steps are complete, the financing set and construction can begin.

Construction will start in April 2011 and is expected to be completed December 2014. The project, which will include the construction of the two facilities totalling 689,700 square feet of new space, will provide
stimulus to the local and regional economies by creating construction jobs and supporting spin-off activity.
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Future of Navistar’s Chatham plant remains precarious

Navistar International Corp. (NAV) said it could decide by summer whether it will need to restart an idled assembly plant in Canada.

Chairman and Chief Executive Daniel Ustian said the company has sufficient truck-making capacity at the moment, but might need the Chatham, Ont., plant if truck orders continue to trend higher through next year.

“Do we need another manufacturing facility? We don’t know the answer to that,” Ustian said Wednesday during a conference call with analysts. “At least in the short term, likely no. We’re not capacity-limited on making trucks.”

Full story here

County to city . . . pay up or take a hike


Upon her election in October, Mayor Heather Jackson-Chapman made it clear a priority would be a harmonious relationship between the city and Elgin county.

That will be put to the test Monday when a county delegation appears before city council with the expectation of St. Thomas ponying up $118,000 this year (up from $89,000 last year) to remain in a tourism partnership with Elgin.

At the very minimum, the county is demanding $99,000, and for that piddling amount the city’s voice in the partnership would be reduced from two to a single representative.
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