The sun keeps on shin­ing for those on pub­lic pay­roll

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS - STEVE KANNON

WOOLWICH AND WELLES­LEY TOWN­SHIPS con­trib­uted seven mem­bers to a list of peo­ple on the pub­lic dime who earned more than $100,000 in 2017.

Across the prov­ince, the list – which in­cludes doc­tors, nurses, teach­ers, po­lice and fire­fight­ers in ad­di­tion to civil ser­vants – in­cludes 131,741 names, up 6.8 per cent from 123,410 in 2016. Com­bined, they were paid salaries and ben­e­fits that to­tal more than $16.8 bil­lion.

The provin­cially man­dated salary in­for­ma­tion, known as the Sun­shine List, was re­leased last week.

In Woolwich, chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer David Bren­ne­man was the high­est paid of town­ship em­ploy­ees, tak­ing in $150,028.96. Di­rec­tor of en­gi­neer­ing and plan­ning Dan Ken­na­ley, was paid $116,106.76, while di­rec­tor of finance/trea­surer Richard Peth­er­ick re­ceived $116,106.76. Di­rec­tor of recre­ation and fa­cil­i­ties Ann McArther got $101,966.25, clerk Val Hummel was paid $109,168.70 and act­ing man­ager of en­gi­neer­ing Jared Puppe re­ceived $101,813.50.

In Welles­ley, chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Rik Louwagie was paid $121,307.89 as the town­ship’s lone mem­ber of the club.

The Re­gion of Water­loo has 311 em­ploy­ees on the list, while the po­lice con­trib­uted 641 names.

Across the re­gion, 5,022 peo­ple made the list, many of them at the Univer­sity of Water­loo (1,450), Wil­frid Lau­rier Univer­sity (603) and Con­estoga Col­lege (104).

When first in­tro­duced in 1996, the list con­tained 4,319 names. In­fla­tion is re­spon­si­ble for much of the in­crease: ad­justed for in­fla­tion, $100,000 then is now the equiv­a­lent of $151,929 to­day.

But even us­ing the in­fla­tion ad­justed amount, there are 19,922 gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees on the Sun­shine List. That’s a 335 per cent in­crease, while the pop­u­la­tion dur­ing the same time pe­riod has grown by about 31 per cent.

Av­er­age weekly wages for work­ers in On­tario are $974, which amounts to $50,600 per year. That in­cludes over­time pay, and as­sumes no weeks off, amount­ing to just half of the Sun­shine List thresh­old.

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