Let the Sunshine In!


The number of public service workers has grown once again, including in Sault Ste. Marie where over 600 earn over $100,000.

The disclosure was made on Thursday just before the long Easter weekend. The annual “sunshine list” requires most organizations that receive public funding from the Province of Ontario to disclose annually the names, positions, salaries and total taxable benefits of employees paid $100,000 or more in the previous calendar year. In all, over 115,000 public servants the province earn in excess of the threshold , up from 111,000 last year The sunshine list was first made public during the Mike Harris days in the mid 1980’s.

Locally, Dr. Heather O’Brien, chief of staff and medical affairs at Sault Area Hospital tops the list with $346,212 in salary that’s more than the Premier of Ontario makes. Second is Ron Gagnon, President and CEO of SAH pulling in $308,687 last year.

The City of Sault Ste. Marie boosts the greatest number on the list. 140 City employees now earn more than $100,000 a year in salary.  The highest paid at 99 Foster Drive is Jerry Dolcetti at $156,391 followed by  Larry Girardi, commissioner Public Works  at $156,390.84.

New Fire Chief Mike Figliola  earned $146,026 last year while Police Chief Robert Keetch pocketed just under $200,000 in salary of $197,831.  Lucia Reece Director of Education for the Algoma District School board brought home $194,280 and Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board Director John Stadnyk pulled in $187,458 ,but it’s clearly the college and university is where the money’s at.  Sault College President Ron Common draws a salary of $295,210
while Algoma University President, Craig Chamberlin $118,000 for just part of the year. Past President Richard Myers earned $199,000 before he left the position. 43 other staff at Algoma U earn well in excess of $100,000 annually.

If you think those salaries are high, compared to other sectors such as Hydro One , local salaries seem like peanuts. Carmine Marcello President & Chief Executive Officer for
Hydro One drew $741,554.25last year while Tom Mitchell, the former CEO at Ontario Power Generation who resigned last summer, topped the 2015 list at $1.59 million, followed by William Moriarty, CEO of the University of Toronto’s Asset Management Corporation, at $1.47 million

Almost 300 OLG staff earn over the $100,000 threshold , though the location of those positions were not available on the list provided.

Sault MPP and Minister of Government and Consumer Services. David Orazietti earned $165,851. Premier Kathleen Wynne, was paid said $209,374 in salary and benefits last year.

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  1. Are you ####### kidding me. With the budget just laid out at 99 Foster Dr we have that many people taking home over 100 G’s a year. That’s just not ####### acceptable. You cancel bus service on Sunday Evening. You close three daycares for tax paying working parents and all the other cuts. You people ####### disgust me. Take the budget cuts out of your salaries. How bow a salary cap at 100 G’s. Our town currently sits at about 50% unemployed and you 140 go to sleep at night comfortable with the cuts you have made. I am just pissed.

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