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BookCrossing Leader Board – 2008/05

May 30, 2008


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Ontario BookCrossing Leader Board – 2008/04

April 29, 2008


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Ontario BookCrossing Leader Board – 2008/03

March 29, 2008


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Ontario BookCrossing Leader Board – 2008/02

February 26, 2008


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Ontario BookCrossing Leader Board – 2008/01

January 28, 2008


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Year-End Reminder – 2007

December 31, 2007

click meWell, it’s getting towards that time of year again when politicians receive automatic salary raises, usually accompanied by a silence that is uncharacteristic of them.

It’s the time of the year that I like to point out that fact.

It’s the time of the year that I like to propose, as I so often have in the past, a fairer way of establishing political raises. A way that would have the added benefit of keeping our “leaders” more in touch with the plight of the disadvantaged.

From my 2006 municipal election platform re taxes:
I oppose any automatic wage increase for local politicians unless a policy is adopted which ties those kind of auomatic salary increases to social assistance rates.
You might also like to review my 2007/04/18 Council Salaries post.

You may wish to pay particular attention this year, given the recent trial balloon that appeared in our local daily with respect to the possibility of increased City Hall expense accounts. IMHO, Council needs to tackle the concept of public scrutiny of their expense accounts; i.e. disclosure, rules about allowable expenditures, a municipal Ombudsman who can respond to citizen complaints, etc.

But that’s just me. What do you think?

Links:
City of London: Council Members’ Expense Account
2007/09/13 – FMBS: NDP Pay Pledge
2007/12/22 – LFP: Stage set to double council expense accounts
2007/12/24 – LFP: Silent Campaign Platforms
2007/12/24 – LFP: Expense Accounts
2008/02/29 – Globe & Mail: MPs to get raise to $155,400 annually

Council Salaries

April 18, 2007

Hot off the press (“Council salaries to be studied“; Joe Belanger; London Free Press; 2007/04/18), word that some recently-elected members of London City Council are unhappy with the amount that they’re being paid.

Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 06:56:21 -0400 (EDT)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: Council Salaries
To: letters@lfpress.com
CC: “Paul Berton”, “Joe Belanger”

Like the issue of plastic bags, Council salaries was one of my election campain platforms. Now that the election is over, and like plastic bags, recently elected politicians want to talk about their salaries.

What’s next? The Pedestrian Committee which I proposed and Council buried?

Perhaps if the London Free Press had not totally ignored my campaign, these discussions would have taken place when they should have.

Londoners who are interested can still view my platform at http://ca.geocities.com/fowgre.

Greg Fowler
2006 Ward One Municipal Candidate

Since 1998/03/02, there has been a City Council policy which automatically adjusts their salaries on Jan. 1 (never downwards) to match any increase which has taken place in the annual Ontario Consumer Price Index (or the Labour Index, if that’s higher, so long as it’s less than 1% more than the OCPI).

The annual salary of a London City Councillor is already $31,414, and 1/3 of that is tax-free (equivalent to $40,482 of fully-taxable income).

That’s a pretty cushy part-time gig if you ask me, especially when one considers that it’s traditionally been considered to be a labour of community service.

The auto-adjustment feature of the current City Council policy is logically sound, but it’s tied to the wrong index. As I’ve advocated for decades, and as expressed in my municipal campaign:

The salaries of politicians at all levels of government should be directly tied to the minimum wage or what those who are on welfare receive. Perhaps then, they would be more cognizant of the plight of those that they profess to serve, as opposed to their own “entitlements.”