Friday, March 30, 2007

Hitting the Salary Jackpot

From National Newswatch - CTV has a list of the top salaries for Ontario public sector workers.

This one really hurts in light of recent events:

The list grew by more than 6,500 workers, or 24 per cent, from the year prior.

Almost 140 employees at the scandal-plagued Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. were part of the $100,000 club in 2006, including many who made twice that amount, including Jim Warren, Premier Dalton McGuinty's former communications director.

Duncan Brown, who resigned as CEO right before the release of a scathing report from Ontario's ombudsman on lottery fraud practices, earned $364,825.

Ombudsman Andre Marin, meanwhile, received $192,565.

Personally, I think Mr. Marin deserves a bonus for exposing the rot.

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Sunday Update: Christina Blizzard - Liberal's Week to Forget.

Lorrie Goldstein - Who Pays for Government Debacles?


RepoCreepo said...

Well Salaries are all good. Garth, cash rich GARTH "please support me" Turner is now as one of my posters says... "CYBER BEGGING" for cash since the Halton Liberals are out of money.

Does this man get anymore pathetic?

Lord Kitchener's Own said...

They mention the dozen or so teachers and three plumbers who made over $100,000 but personally, I have much less of a problem with some teachers and plumbers getting just over the 100,000 mark than I do with some of these $500,000+ salaries.

Knock down some of these crazy executive salaries (especially the over $1,000,000 ones) and add more teachers and plumbers to the list I say.

Almost 140 people at OLG make over $100,000??? WTF?

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Almost 140 people at OLG make over $100,000??? WTF?

Exactly. The lottery player gets screwed over and over again.

Gabby in QC said...

While I agree that many CEOs salaries are excessive, I do not think that divulging their salaries contributes much to a discussion about the proper functioning of public or private institutions.

What that knowledge seems to engender is a deepening divide between the "filthy rich" vs. the "pitifully poor" mentality & a general feeling of envy.

Which ideology advocates a completely egalitarian society, where no one stands out above others? That's not the kind of society I would like to live in, where no one can rise to his/her full potential based on talent.

Of course, executives getting those handsome salaries should be producing value for money AND those salaries should be capped at reasonable limits.

But to publish people's salaries & point fingers just on that basis - look, he/she makes over x amount of dollars - smells too much like the stench of the "green-eyed monster."

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Good points, Gabby. I just want to see value for money. Too often that is not the case in public service.

I think we got our money's worth out of the Ombudsman though.

Gabby in QC said...

" I just want to see value for money."

Absolutely. That goes as well for the blue collar worker as well as the upper echelons.

biff said...

JoJo, run on over to SDA,

Kate links to Lemon's stuff,

and does some dot connecting herself.

This is going to get nasty.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Thanks, Biff. I just checked it out.

Wben I was watching Scott Reid on MD, I thought he was being exceptionally obtuse, even for him.

Now I'm beginning to see why...

vicki said...

When 'legal'lotteries started (70's)there was lot's of $ for arena's Olympics etc.
Lately the jacpot's are huge , but how much is going back in to the communities? That was the original 'intent'.We haven't heard of any big projects funded by these lotteries lately. i know of relatively small amounts getting to the Trillium foundation...that's all.
So if there has been some slippry stuff at the retail end, hopefully an investigation will tell us where the rest of the jackpot is going.
BTW...Joanne you want to guess how much I won in the big lottery last night!!!

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Joanne you want to guess how much I won in the big lottery last night!!!

You won, Vicki? Awesome! How much?

I won a coffee this morning at Tim Horton's. Woo-hoo.

vicki said...

000.00!! April fool's!!!!

Joanne (True Blue) said...

lol!! Vicki, I sure walked into that one; even after ignoring the Ben Mulrony joke on National Newswatch!

vicki said...

The B/J thing was funny and some of the reactions were funny too!...then someone clued in
congats on the coffee!

Joanne (True Blue) said...

congats on the coffee

Vicki, thanks. I think that my odds of winning on 'roll up the rim' are better than playing anything to do with the OLG Corp.

Sheena said...

I had some fun reading the university list this afternoon.

Sandy said...

Thanks Jo, I missed Blizzard's column today. I am going to let you go after this one. Everyone knows if you want a crisis to blow over, you deal with it head on for a few days and do the right thing, like have an independent investigation or inquiry. They did the exact opposite of what should have been done. I am surprised at Warren. But, he is only one voice. I hope firmer heads prevail. If not, Tory should be saying plenty!