Ben­e­fit of fed­eral po­si­tions in New Water­ford ques­tioned

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY NIKKI SUL­LI­VAN

Mixed emo­tions on fed­eral job an­nounce­ment.

New Water­ford res­i­dents are ques­tion­ing whether the com­mu­nity will ben­e­fit from 44 full­time fed­eral jobs which will be based there as of Nov. 19.

The an­nounce­ment that pay­roll spe­cial­ists with Health Canada will work in New Water­ford was made by Syd­ney-Vic­to­ria MP Mark Eyk­ing and Cape Bre­ton-Canso MP Rodger Cuzner this week.

The two MPs re­vealed the job de­tails at the former Spiegel build­ing lo­cated at 3050 Wil­son Rd., where the fed­eral of­fice will be housed. The build­ing is also home to Slyce, an im­age recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy com­pany.

The yearly salary for the twoyear term po­si­tions is $50,000$60,000 with ben­e­fits and the work they will do will help fix prob­lems with the Phoenix pay­roll sys­tem.

Some staff has al­ready been hired and be­gan train­ing on Sept. 10. Recruitment cam­paigns took place at Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity, Cape Bre­ton Busi­ness Col­lege and the Nova Sco­tia Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

It is not known if all the po­si­tions have been filled.

“What jobs?” Peggy Riz­zato said sar­cas­ti­cally. “We were just talk­ing about this this morn­ing. There doesn’t seem to be any jobs be­cause they’ve al­ready hired for them.”

Brian Duguid has lived in New Water­ford his en­tire life and thinks the job terms aren’t long enough.

“I think it sucks be­cause they’re only tem­po­rary jobs. Might last nine months, might last two years,” he said.

“What we need around here are long-term jobs. Some­thing that’s more fea­si­ble.”

Busi­ness owner Don­nie MacDougall is doubt­ful the new jobs will have a pos­i­tive eco­nomic im­pact on New Water­ford.

“Are there any jobs go­ing to peo­ple from New Water­ford,” said MacDougall, who opened Big Daddy’s Pizza 18 years ago.

“I would like to see peo­ple from New Water­ford get the jobs, keep the money in the town.”

MacDougall doesn’t think he’ll see in­creased sales at his pizza shop when the staff move in be­cause he doesn’t get many calls from (Slyce) staff al­ready work­ing in the build­ing.

There are some small busi­ness own­ers who think they will see in­creased sales when the of­fice opens.

“I think it’s fan­tas­tic news. The lo­cal econ­omy can use any boost it can get,” said Laura Scheller, the Needs

fran­chise owner.

Scheller thinks she will see more traf­fic from the fed­eral em­ploy­ees and said, “even if I get two new cus­tomers that is good.”

Paul Burchell, owner of Is­land Friendly Com­put­ers, is also hope­ful the new fed­eral of­fice will lead to new busi­ness at his shop which also sells of­fice sup­plies.

“It could be very good for us if they de­cide to buy lo­cal.”


Laura Scheller is the fran­chise owner of the Needs Con­ve­nience store on Emer­ald Street in New Water­ford. She thinks news of 44 full-time fed­eral gov­ern­ment po­si­tions be­ing based out of New Water­ford could help the lo­cal econ­omy.


This build­ing at 3050 Wil­son Ave. in New Water­ford will house the of­fice for 44 fed­eral pay­roll spe­cial­ists who have been hired on a two-year term. Some res­i­dents worry the jobs won’t go to peo­ple from New Water­ford while some busi­ness own­ers hope it means more sales.

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