Firefighters not allowed to appear before council


As reported Tuesday, the Sault Firefighters association was seeking approval to appear at the next council meeting and be placed on the agenda.

Its expected that CAO Al Horseman was to report to council on the Fire EMS realignment that was proposed by Fire Chief Mike Figliola. The Sault Firefighters have stressed that an Independent Comprehensive Risk Assessment be completed before Figliola’s plan was implemented.

Marty Kenopic, President of the Firefighters association received the following response from City Hall Tuesday afternoon.

Further to the Agenda Review Committee meeting held Tuesday April 5, I am writing to advise you that your delegation request has been denied.
The reasons for this are as follows:
The report of the CAO is an information report – no decision is being asked of Council and, more importantly, the SSMPFFA has filed three grievances related to the Fire Services Realignment plan – thereby making this a labour relations matter between the City and the SSMPFFA. As you are aware, Council meetings are not the appropriate forum to resolve labour relations matters.
With the above in mind and in keeping with Council’s direction to staff to consider meaningful input from key stakeholders, the Agenda Review Committee has directed staff to forward a copy of the CAO’s report to you on Friday morning, once it has been made public.
We understand that you have already provided City Councillors with the SSMPFFA opinion and position by way of email. Should you wish to provide further information on behalf of the SSMPFFA concerning the CAO’s report to Council prior to noon Monday April 11, the material will be provided to Council by way of an addendum to the Agenda.
Rachel Tyczinski
Deputy City Clerk




  1. Guess it depends on how you look at it. There is information coming to council Monday so they can decide for themselves which way to go.. The firefighters don’t need to be there for that.. They have refused from the start to co-operate with the new chief after he tossed the preferred list which broke the chain of nepotism which permeates every department in this city… Also, if the firefighters union has filed grievances over the new plan then, no, they shouldn’t be going to council about it in open sessions.. I’m sure at the end of the day, most of this mess is going to be just sour grapes on the part of the fire department.. They seem to want to run the city…

  2. The Agenda Review Committee is a joke its made of the Mayor CAO and City Clerk .Closed meeting.Two un elected officials who happen to run the City and are indirectly the firefighters boss.Open and Transparent.Not
    City Council has laid the Smackdown on the Firefighters.There is something not right here i n Hicksville.

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