Proposal for contracted out ski hills has some nervous
City looks to save $700,000 cost to run three facilities
By Kris Scheuer
(Written for Town Crier March 4)
Earl Bales ski hill may be contracted out to save money. Photo by Francis Crescia/Town Crier.
Clive Kessel is concerned about the future of Earl Bales ski hill.
The city owns and operates ski hills at Earl Bales and Centennial plus the Glen Rouge Campground, but it is considering asking the private sector run these facilities.
“Our fear is no one would take it over,” said Kessel, who pays the city to use the facility for his North York Alpine Race Club. “Then what will the city do?”
The city says its losing $700,000 a year on the three sites and is considering private sector operation as part of their on-going budget discussions.
Kessel says the ski lifts on site are old and costly to maintain plus insurance for the site could be more expensive for a private operator than the city, all factors which may deter a business from coming in to run the hill.“There’s a real risk we’ll lose the facility,” said Kessel. Continue reading →
Posted in Toronto parks and recreation
Tagged Ann Dembinski, balance, budget, Centennial ski hill, Clive Kessel, contract out, Councillor Joe Mihevc, CUPE local 79, Earl Bales, Glen Rouge Campground, jobs, Kris Scheuer, North York Alpine Race Club, operating, private sector, Rob Andrusevich, ski hill, Town Crier
Since strike began 615 union members request to go back to city jobs
By Kris Scheuer
(Written July 16 for Town Crier newspaper.)
As the city strike nears four weeks, the number of unionized employees asking to come back to work is on the rise.
On July 15, city hall indicated over 600 members of CUPE locals 416 and 79 had asked to cross the picket lines.
“We have had, as of an hour ago, 615 people request to come back to work,” city manager Joseph Pennachetti said at a July 15 press conference.
The week before on July 9, city spokesperson Rob Andrusevich told the Town Crier almost 500 strikers had filed paperwork to come back to work.
“There’s a process they have to go through so not all of them are back to work,” Andrusevich said. “We are trying to get them back in jobs that are as similar as possible to the work they were doing.”
On July 3 when the Town Crier asked Mayor David Miller, he indicated over 300 union employees were back on the job at that time. Continue reading →
Posted in Toronto Politics, Toronto Strike
Tagged CUPE, CUPE local 416, CUPE local 79, Joseph Pennachetti, Kris Scheuer, Mayor David Miller, Picket lines, Rob Andrusevich, Strikers, Toronto, Toronto Strike, Town Crier newspaper