Utility merger could power an expanded vision for St. Thomas Elevated Park

city_scope_logo-cmykAs if playing home to this country’s first elevated park wasn’t high enough honour, St. Thomas could be one starting point for an ambitious trail project – an undertaking pinned to the pending merger of St. Thomas Energy and Entegrus, based out of Chatham-Kent.
Earlier this week Serge Lavoie, president of On Track St. Thomas, released details of what the St. Thomas Elevated Park will look like when the gate at the eastern approach swings open Aug. 27. 
When the organization acquired the former Michigan Central Railroad trestle – built in 1929 at a cost of $689,000 – the purchase included 4 km of railway right-of-way at the western end of the structure running to Lyle Road in Southwold.

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Behind the scenes financially after the 2010 municipal vote


Lost in the swirl of indignation following Round 2 of public sector salary disclosures this week were revelations contained in the financial declarations of all candidates in the 2010 municipal election.

This week, we’ll take a look at the three mayoral contestants in what proved, at times, to be a nasty battle, with the beleaguered Sutherland Press building serving as a bizarre backdrop.

Suffering through a double downside was Al Riddell, who lost at the polls and in the pocket.

According to his financial declaration, Riddell poured $17,062.69 into his bid to sit as mayor, nearly double the combined amount of the other two candidates.

That works out to nearly $6 for every vote he garnered. A poor investment for a third-place finish.
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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)