Month: March 2018

Average weekly earnings on the rise

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, the average weekly earnings in January of non-farm payroll employees were $996. Average weekly earnings in Ontario increased 3.1 per cent to $1,015, with finance and insurance; public administration; and professional, scientific and technical services contributing the most to the rise. In January 2018, wages in Canada ranged from $2,092 for mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction workers to $399 for those employed in accommodation and food services. Notably, accommodation and food services earnings rose 8.2 per cent from the year before. The sector has been on an upward trend since March 2017 and...

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Police resources falling

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, the number of police officers per 100,000 people fell for a sixth consecutive year in 2017, reaching its lowest rate since 2004. The rate of police officer strength stood at 188 officers per 100,000 population in 2017, down one per cent from the previous year and lower than the peak strength of 206 officers in 1975. In York Region, the rate of police officers per 100,000 population stood at 137 in 2017, a decrease of 2.4 per cent from the year before. Overall, as of May 2017, there were 69,027 police officers and 29,049 civilians working for police services in Canada. That amounts to 168 more officers and 613 more civilians compared with 2016. But,...

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Supersonics tip off in Stouffville

Despite the rise in popularity of basketball, there hasn’t been a dedicated program for it in the Stouffville community. Dereck Hoppler is looking to change that. Hoppler has started up the Stouffville Supersonics program as an opportunity for boys and girls to grow their game. “The thing with the Stouffville Supersonics is that we want to be teaching life skills,” Hoppler said. “Our motto is building leaders on and off the court. It’s great that our kids can develop basketball skills with us here, but while they’re here, they’re also developing life skills.” Hoppler, who has had plenty of...

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Sunshine List grows to 41 in WS

The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville had 41 people earn more than $100,000 in 2017, according to information released under Ontario’s Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act. Commonly known as the “Sunshine List,” the act compels provincial public sector employers to disclose salaries once a year. Robert Raycroft, deputy chief administrative officer and director of corporate services, topped the list at $187,778. The other top earners include Fire Captain Fraser Smith – $166,657 Deputy Fire Chief Trevor Wawryk – $165,679 Director of Public Works Robert Flindall – $160,221 Town Solicitor Joshua Silver – $158,835 Director of Finance Brian Parrott – $157,294 Fire...

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Train whistle issues pushed into next year

Trains whistling while travelling through Stouffville won’t be ending in the near future. Town councillors have decided to leave the matter in the hands of those who will be elected later this year, which could ultimately put a plan in place sometime in 2019 or beyond. The move comes after a recent Whitchurch-Stouffville town council meeting where two councillors — Iain Lovatt and Rob Hargrave — tried unsuccessfully to speed up the process of launching a safety study on level crossings with the eventual goal of ending the train whistles. The study involves a detailed design of the railway...

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