Chris Burrell Retirement
Its time to celebrate his retirement. A gathering has been planned for Wednesday June 27th. Please see the attached poster for all the details!!
OMERS' Review of Pension Benefits
At the recent Scarborough Fire Fighters Golf Tournament I was approached by a number of retirees with questions regarding the review of OMERs. The following is from MROO and should answer any question you may have on this subject. If you're a member then you most likely have received this information. If you're not a member I would suggest joining as they are a good source of information and work hard for those retired with an OMERs pension. Its $25.00 for a life time membership!
BTW... the golf tournament was enjoyed buy what was possibly a record turnout! It was a wonderful day of golf, camaraderie and food. Its proof you dont need prizes to make it a great day. Dates for the September round will be posted when they are available. Thanks goes out to Ray Green and John Barker for putting it together.
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE TO MROO MEMBERS
OMERS' REVIEW OF ITS PENSION BENEFITS
The governing body of OMERS is the OMERS Sponsors Corporation, that makes decisions about OMERS's pension benefits, OMERS's contribution rates, and the long-term planning for OMERS' incoming and outgoing funding requirements. The OMERS Sponsors Corporation Board (SC) has an equal number of employer representatives and employee representatives (including one retiree representative, Paul Bailey).
For several months now, the OMERS SC has been examining long-term trends that will affect our pension plan and mulling over possible changes to the future design of the pension plan.
MROO members must know these key facts about this process.
1. Today's Retirees would not be affected
ANY CHANGE MADE NOW TO THE OMERS PLAN WOULD NOT AFFECT TODAY'S PENSIONERS!
I repeat, if the SC decided to change something, it would apply ONLY to OMERS service worked after some future point. IT WOULD NOT APPLY TO US AS RETIREES. OUR PENSIONS, including the inflation-indexing guarantee, WOULD CONTINUE UNCHANGED!
2. No decisions have yet been made
As I am writing this, the OMERS SC HAS MADE NO DECISIONS.
We recognize that other large Ontario pension plans (the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and the Hospitals of Ontario Pension Plan) removed their guarantee of pension inflation indexing in light of the fierce financial disaster of 2008. However, since then those boards have adjusted those pensions for inflation on a year-to-year basis.
Complete removal of inflation indexing is not being looked at by OMERS, but removing the guarantee, as the Teachers' Pension Plan has done, is being considered. Be that as it may, the OMERS SC indicates that it has not yet decided what or how much the OMERS Plan needs to change.
3. The MROO Board and other retiree organizations have been kept informed
Despite the fact that, as retirees, no changes would affect us, OMERS SC representatives have met with our Board and kept us informed.
To this point, here is what MROO has advised the SC:
- We accept the SC's analysis that the OMERS plan faces longer-term challenges, and that it is reasonable to be looking now at how to deal with the challenges. As the saying goes, if the roof needs fixing, the time to do it is when the sun is still shining, not when it’s raining.
- At the same time, do not rush into a decision. Take the time to weigh all options, get input from stakeholders and members, provide a solid understandable justification for any suggested change, and educate members about the rationale for and impacts of any suggested change.
- Whatever other change may be made, it should be mandatory that all employees of OMERS employers be enrolled in the OMERS plan, including part-time, seasonal and contract employees.
4. In the 25 or 50-year horizon, OMERS is legitimately concerned
We do not believe that the OMERS SC is fabricating reasons to assess the long-term sustainability of the current benefits offered by the pension plan.
- OMERS' recent investment returns are great, but investment opportunities in stable countries are becoming more limited, with more competitors chasing those limited opportunities.
- Severe cyclical downturns in the Western economies are a sure thing. We just don't know when and we don't know how bad. 2008 will not be the last.
- OMERS' contribution rates are the highest among the large Ontario pension plans. Neither employees nor employers will have much appetite for increases.
- The number of employees in the OMERS plan seems unlikely to increase significantly over the long-term. Within 15 years, the OMERS Plan may well have as many retirees getting pensions as employees making contributions.
- Retirees are living longer (and their pensions have to be paid longer), a trend which shows no signs of stopping over the next 25 years.
- The long phase-in of the expanded CPP begins next year. The contribution rates for the CPP will begin to rise. Then the CPP pension will begin to increase for the employees who will have paid the increased contribution rates.
In closing let me reiterate, there will be no change to those who are currently in receipt of their OMERS pension; the guaranteed inflation indexing will remain in effect for the life of your pension.
Scarborough Fire Fighters Golf
Mark your calendars, hosted by Ray Green and John Barker this springs Scarborough Fire Fighters Golf Day is scheduled for Friday June 8th. - registration is at 11:00 am with Tee times from 11:30 am.
The dinner menu will be BBQ chicken and ribs.
The address for SunnyBrea Golf Club is 1430 King St. Port Perry (just east of Manchester).
Price for golf and dinner is $65.00, Dinner ONLY is $25.00.
For more information and registration contact numbers please see the attached poster for details.
Hope to see you there.
Promotions & Retirements
Congrats goes out to Brian Sangster (Sen #546) and Bruce Russell (Sen #627) on their recent retirements. The long wait is over for Jim Bredin (Sen #716) as he gets his promotion to Captain effective May 28th. Best wishes to all on this next leg of your journeys.
New Home for the Original IAFF 626 Charter
A few months ago Toronto Fire Fighter Local 3888 were hoping to bring the six (pre-amalgamation) IAFF Local Charters together and display them with the 3888 Charter on the wall of their board room. Of the five the only one that was missing was Local 626. Fortunately, after asking around the original 626 Charter was found hiding in plain sight at the museum (old Hall #1). Today the Charter has a new home and is hanging proudly with the L3888 and the other five at the office of the Toronto Fire Fighters Association. Local 3888 were kind enough to have a full size copy of the original made and framed. The copy will be placed in the museum for all to see. Special thanks to John Cousins and John Vonk for making this possible.
Promotions & Retirements
So while two more enter the next phase of their journey another gets his red lid. Congrats go out to Bruce Gilbert (Sen # 756) and Ron Malcom (Sen #608) on their retirements which were effective January 29th. As well we congratulate Rob Crummey (Sen # 698) on his promotion to Captain. Best wishes to all in your future endeavors.
Comedy Night for PTSI Awareness
The Toronto Fire Fighters Celtic Society is hosting a Comedy Night at Legion Branch 258 on Lawson Road in Scarborough on April 5th. starting at 7:30 pm. Cost is $20 and proceeds go to Awareness for First Responder PTSI.
TPFFA - Easter Seals
Brothers and Sisters,
This year, we will be making a donation once again during the Annual Easter Seals Telethon at the CBC building on Front Street. We have secured twenty-two (22) spots for our 3888 brothers and sisters that would like an opportunity to wear their Full Dress Uniform on-the-air during the telethon, while volunteering to answer phones and take donations from the public.
As a Telethon sponsor/presenter The Toronto Professional Firefighters' Association will be participating in the following:
· 1 Cheque Presentation and Interview
· Middle Telethon Panel (14 seats) and Side Panel (8 seats)
· 2 Corporate Matches
If you are interested in participating, please fill out this online form. We will be taking twenty-six (26) members, with four (4) being alternates, and try to have you fill in during breaks. This will only take two hours of your time. At 10:00am, we will meet at the CBC building to receive instructions. We will be on-air between 11:00am and 12:00pm.
Everyone that has participated in past years has enjoyed this event. You may even get the opportunity to meet some celebrities, while answering phones for a very worthwhile charity.
Please consider getting involved, bring a crew mate, or even your whole crew! Applicants will be selected on a first-come first-serve basis, so hurry and get your online registration form filled out, (http://www.emailmeform.com/ builder/emf/tpffa/ 2018EasterSeals) and be seen by your family and friends on-air during the Easter Seals Telethon.
Further details will be forwarded to you once you have been selected.
Thank you in advance for participating.
Gerlando Peritore & James Coones
Co-Chairs, Charity Committee
Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association
I.A.F.F. Local 3888
Cell 647-525-5775 - firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Patrick's Day Parade - Local 3888 Host
This years St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be Sunday March 11, 2018 The following notice from TPFFA Local 3888 advises what to wear and where to meet etc....
Brothers and Sisters,
This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be Sunday, March 11, 2018, and we are inviting all uniformed personnel and friends to join us and ‘march’ in March. All attending Toronto Firefighters are reminded to wear their full dress uniforms.
This will include:
White shirts, black ties, trench coat (if required), and issued headdress.
For all uniformed personnel, we will be providing you with a 2018 TPFFA St. Patrick’s Day pin, these will not be available for sale.
Our event has grown over the years and this year’s parade should be bigger and better, but that can only be possible with your attendance and support.
The Celtic Society will be offering Football scarves and paperboy hats with all proceeds going to charity, as well as proceeds generated from our on site back bacon on a bun BBQ. The Celtic Society and BBQ will be located behind Box 12 on Harbord St. at St. George St. Join us on location anytime after 9:30 am behind Box 12.
A shuttle will run from Adelaide Street Station 332 starting at 10:00 am until 11:30 am to the marshaling area near Harbord St. and St. George St. All Firefighters must form up by 11:45 am as the parade starts promptly at 12:00 noon.
At the end of the Parade, there will be a reception for all participating uniformed firefighters at Grace O'Malley's Pub, 14 Duncan St. (Just east of Stn. 332).
Let's try and make this the biggest and best parade ever.
Parking is available in the Adelaide St and John St area at your own expense. There will be NO parking at the Fire Hall.
TPFFA L3888 C & B Chairs
Gerlando Peritore / Chris Sornberger
Community Emergency - "A Day In The Life Of A District Chief"
District Chief Norm Morris as he makes his rounds. The date was Dec 19,
1987 - B-2 Shift working days?
Thanks to Mike Wood for bringing this to our attention.
Brett Johnston Retirement
After 36 years Brett is transitioning to retirement. A gathering is schedule for Saturday February 17, 2018. The location is the Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd. (@ Scarborough Golf Club Rd.) The celebrations get under way at 2:00pm. Tickets are $20.00 | contact Madison at 221C or Bart at 231D platoon (Hall #7).
Jan 7, 2018
Toronto F/F's Celtic Society Fundraiser
Christmas Breakout success ...
Allen, Batelann, Blizzard, Craig, Chandler, Kennedy, Papaleo, Wagner, Strong, Strothers, Vonk and many many others could be found at this years annual Christmas breakout. The food twas good, the beverages cold and the reminiscing plentiful. As we filled the Harp & Crown to near capacity, we once again found ourselves enjoying the camaraderie of our 626 colleagues and friends. With Christmas quickly approaching and 2017 coming to an end, we wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2018.
TPFFA Loc 3888 Shift Calendar
For those who still like or need to track the shifts of Toronto Fire Fighters, the following link will take you to the full page calendar for the Operations Division.
Also remember to mark your calendars and come out to wish Glen and Ian well. Click the following links for details of their retirement celebrations -- Glen Wilson -- Ian McTavish
Did you know that there's just 239 active SFDers still working towards their retirements.
Christmas Breakout Luncheon.
Hey SFDers with 2017 approaching its end, and Christmas season
getting underway, its time to mark those calendars and plan to attend
the Christmas Breakout Luncheon.
Whether retired or still active this is the perfect opportunity for us to connect. So lets gather together and share some camaraderie; old memories and some new stories. The date for this get together is Thursday, December 14th at the Harp and Crown in Pickering (Altona Rd. & Kingston Rd.). The gathering usually gets started around 11:30 a.m.
Don't forget - mark those calendars and spread the word to make this a memorable one - hope to see you there!!
Effective September 29th Dave Montgomery and Gary Muir were promoted to District Chief with Toronto Fire Services. Congrats to both on this milestone in their careers with Toronto Fire.
On the first Sunday in October the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice on the job or from job related illness are added to the Memorial Wall at Queens Park. This year two of our deceased Scarborough Fire Fighters names were added to that Wall. They are Daniel (Dan) Donnelly - Sen #171 and Robert E. Barnes (Ted) - Sen #164.
Scarborough Fire Fighters Golf Classic
Summer seems to really be struggling to take a hold this year. With
time ticking away one can only hope the rest of August and September
will be really really nice. That would set things up quite nicely for
the Scarborough Fire Fighters Fall Golf Classic. Hosted by Ray Green
and John Barker the Fall Golf Tournament is set for Friday, September
8th, at SunnyBrae Golf Course in Port Perry. The price is $65.00 per
person and includes Golf, Power Cart and Steak Dinner. Note: if you're
not a golfer but would like to partake in some comaraderie, dinner can
be had for just $25.00. The Location is Sunnybrae Golf Club - 1430
King Street, Port Perry | 905.985.2234 ( Sunnybrae
Golf Club ) For more info and to book a foursome contact Ray
Green @ 905.985.5031 or John Barker @ 905.853.7293
Mark your calendars and we'll see you there!
posted July 13/17
Two more individual have joined the retirement club. Barry Lowes, Bob Keys and Rob King on their retirements which were effective May 31/17 - Congrats to all, enjoy the next leg of your life journey.
posted June 23/17
July Lunch Reminder
Once again the Scarborough Fire Fighters Golf Tournament (June 16th) was a great success with many retired and active fire fighters enjoying a day of golf, food, beverages and camaraderie. If you missed it put a reminder on your calendars to watch for the September date. A big thank you to Ray Green and John Barker for making it all happen.
In the mean time if your up for some camaraderie the next lunch will be on July 6th (first Thursday of the month) at the The Pub on Water Street in Port Perry - the gathering begins around at 11:30am
posted Mar 11/17
Promotions / Retirements
Congrats go out to Bryan Staal (#775), Scott Weaver (#776)Kevin McLaughlin (#782) and Daryl Maclennan (#785) on their promotion to Captain with Toronto Fire.
All the best to Paul Campol (#472) who after some 40 years has decided to retire, we hope his time on LTD has allowed for retirement to be as awsome as we know it can be. Best wishes for health and happiness go out to Marco Mecozzi (#683) who has gone on LTD.
Last but not least congrats to Doug Jones and Mark Ashcroft on their designation as Acting District Chiefs
posted Jan 11/17
TPFFA L3888 Active - Retired Members Policy
To often I have heard it said retirees have no formal way to keep informed of what is happening in the fire service. As soon as you retire the email notices stop and website access is curtailed.
The members of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 3888 have passed a policy for Active-Retired Members. For an annual membership fee Retired Fire Fighters can attend 3888 Membership meetings (including electronic/teleconference meetings) with a VOICE but NO VOTE. You would have access to the 3888 website and receive email notices. As well you would receive the L3888 Fire Watch Magazine and the IAFF quarterly magazine. If needed - Advocacy for WSIB, Pension and Benefits. For all the benefits please click here to see the Policy.
The annual membership fee for the TPFFA / IAFF Active-Retired will be $125.00 from January 1st-December 31st (this cost will be reviewed annually by the Finance Committee). Members joining throughout the year will have this cost pro-rated. Applications are now being accepted, as soon as I receive the application form it will be posted so you can download/print it.
posted Jan 6/17
go out to Paul Atkinson (#751) and Mark Foley (#755) on their
promotion to Captain with the Toronto Fire Services. Also after some
34 years of service Rob Forsyth (#583) has decided to kick back and
relax. Best wishes go out to rob on his retirement effective Dec
posted Dec 8/16
As Christmas Day 2016 quickly approaches I have decided to use alternatives to try and make this site more mobile friendly. To that extent the site should now work better on most mobile devices. However, when it comes to tablets it should works best with the tablet turned on its side to landscape view. On mobile phones it will be a scaled down version with just the important stuff being made available. I'm keeping my fingers crossed this will be successful and am open to feed back!
In closing, on behalf of myself and the Retirees Club Exec. we wish you a very merry Christmas and all the best in 2017.
posted Dec 3/16
Christmas Breakout Reminder
It's that time of year again, our BIG CHRISTMAS BREAKOUT LUNCH is on for Thursday December 8th. starting around 11:30a.m.
(and going to ???? hour) at the usual location the HARP & CROWN PUB in Pickering (Kinston Rd & Altona Rd).
All retired and active Scarborough Fire Fighters and friends are welcome to attend.
The cost is still a mere $10.00 for the lunch. There will be door prizes, Roy will have the Lions Christmas cakes available and
of course our Treasurer Gord MacBride will be collecting SPFF Retirees Club dues for 2017, (still only $10 since 1991).
I'll have the Scarb FF clothing available and taking orders for the Winter Jackets at a cost of $200 in advance.
Every year our ranks are diminishing a little, so let's make this biggest ever. Come out enjoy the old stories and 'BS' that came with the job.
Please let us know if you will be attending so we can let the Harp & Crown know a rough number for the lunch order.
RSVP me by email at email@example.com or phone 905 509-2953, or Roy Fletcher 416 261-0661.
It was great to see all our guys come out to Jeff Robinson's and Brian Watt's retirements (8th Nov & 1 Dec),
really enjoyable and a good turnout for both. We wish Jeff & Brian all the best for the years ahead.
See you Thursday.
posted Nov 15/16
Brian Watt Retirement CelebrationAs was posted previously Brian (aka - Sweet Pea) has decided to call it a day after 33 years. Mark your calendars - A retirement celebration will take place at the Harp & Crown Pub, 300 Kingston Road Pickering (@ Altona Road). It will happen on December 1st @ 2:00pm. Tickets are $10.00 at the door or from John Haywood (stn 231, old Hall #7) - you can contact John at 416-419-8055 (text) or email - firstname.lastname@example.org
posted Oct 21/16
Jeff Robinson Retirement Celebration
Jeff has made the move to that next chapter in
life. A Retirement Celebration is set for Thursday November 10th. 2pm.
Harp & Crown Pub, 300 Kingston Rd. Pickering.
Tickets $10.00 available @ Station 243 (old Hall 10) Platoon B or at the door.
Mark your calendars and come on out and wish Jeff well.
posted Oct 17/16
Old Scott Aerial #7
Old Scott Aerial #7 is for sale. With the Aerial ladder hanging way
out over the rear and its exceptional speed made steering this one
'fun' at times. Now its sitting just waiting for a new home.
(Thanks to JJ's son Eddy Johnston for finding this)
What it looked like back in the day...
posted Oct 16/16
Retirement/PromotionsBest wishes go out to Brian Watt (#618) and Jeff Robinson (#545) as they move on to that next chapter called retirement which was effective Sept 30th. With retirements in many instances comes a promotion or two. Congrats to Joel Maxwell (761), David Whitehead #769), Eric Hoeft (758) and Russ King (#760) on their promotion to Captain with the TFS
posted Oct 1/16
The Fall Classic SummationThe morning of September 30th was dismal to say the least. But Mother Nature saw fit to change that and brought out the sunshine by the second hole making for a fantastic fall day for golf. The turnout was great, our most recent retiree Brian Watt was on hand, as well as a number of our still active brothers to enjoy the day. Its believed the best score was 13 under and there were times nerves were on edge as some jokester would yell 'FORE' just to see who would duck. All and all it was another good day of golf and comaraderie followed up with a nice chicken and rib dinner. If you missed this one keep an eye out for June.
Thanks goes out to Ray Green and John Barker for making the day possible.
posted Sept 25/16
The classes of 1990 continue to see promotion -
Congrats goes out to Rob Hampson (#757), Rod Mckee (#762), Brad Oates
(#765), and Greg Whitlock (#770) on their
promotion to Captain with the TFS.
posted Sept 23/16
The summer weather is slow to let go, so hopefully it will be nice for the Fall Golf Classic - The Scarborough Fire Fighters Fall Golf Tournament is just 7 days away (Friday September 30th @ 11:00 a.m.) The price is $65.00 per person and includes Golf, Power Cart and Steak Dinner. Note: if you're not a golfer but would like to partake in some comaraderie, dinner can be had for just $25.00. The Location is Sunnybrae Golf Club - 1430 King Street, Port Perry | 905.985.2234 ( Sunnybrae Golf Club )
October -> the Port Perry lunch will be held for the last time of the season on Thursday October 6th. 11:30 at the Pub on Water Street. (weather permitting).
October is our Ladies lunch and this fall will be held in Pickering at the MANDARIN RESTAURANT on Kingston Rd just east of Brock Rd. for Thursday October 13th. starting again at 11:30.(all are welcome)
posted Sept 23/16
Ontario Fallen Fire fighters MemorialFYI - Bill Crawfords name will be added this year. For those interested in attending the memorial please see below for details. (from TPFFA Loc 3888)
The 2016 Ontario Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial will be held on the grounds of Queen's Park on Sunday October 2nd, 2016 at 1:00pm.
The Monument was erected in memory of all fire fighters who have died in the Line of Duty while protecting the citizens and property of Ontario. This year, among the many that will be honored, there will be twenty of our own members.
Captain Thomas Timmins, District Chief John Anketell, Captain Charles Exton, Captain Charles Mearns, Captain Lawrence Berenz, Captain George Powell, District Chief Peter Chambers, District Chief John Roach, Captain Terry Haworth, Firefighter Bruce Statton, Firefighter William Crawford, Captain Terry Thompson, District Chief Donald Cooper, Captain Falk Gruenwald, Firefighter Michael Kane, Captain Walter Churchmack, Captain Karl Lewis, Captain John O'Grady, Firefighter Bob Kennedy and Firefighter John Dowdell.
This ceremony will be a fitting tribute to these fire fighters and a lasting memory for their families.
We are encouraging all of our members to attend this ceremony.
Form-up for all fire fighters is at Queens Park Circle and Grosvenor Street at 12:00pm. Full dress uniforms with white shirt and white gloves to be worn.
There will be a reception afterward at our Union office at 39 Commissioners Street. All attending are invited to attend.
Michael D. Ogle
Chair, Ceremonial & Bereavement Committee
Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association
I.A.F.F. Local 3888
posted Aug 19/16
Dan Stacheruk (Sen #579)This one almost slipped by... he started the SFD in Sept 1981 and retired from the TFS on May 31st. 2016. After some 35 years Dan is hanging up the helmet. Congrats and best wishes to Danny in his retirement.
posted Aug 8/16
Short Changing Pensioners??Remember Nortel, are you aware of the impact Nortel's demise had on Nortel pensioners. Did you know Canadian laws allow companies to 'short change' its pensioners. "Canada's current laws allow restructuring companies to easily extinguish their contractual obligations to pensioners, while their assets go to every other creditor first. It looks like this has become a conscious business strategy to save money among some manufacturers, sometimes planned years in advance."
The following link will take you to the report which outlines what may very well happen to GM Canada 50,000 pensioners. Please take the time to read and then contact your MP and demand change...
Please follow this link Is GM Oshawa next?
posted Aug 4/16
August 4th LunchThe temps were high but it was quite comfortable under the umbrellas on the patio at 'The Pub' on Water Street in Port Perry. Once again the numbers were numerous and it was nice to see the likes of Murray Butson, Bill Voegtle, Hal Lapp, Tom Kristensen, Gord Dickie and Gord Allen to name a few. Even Mr. Carey blessed us with his presence. The conversations flowed, the food was good and it was an enjoyable time. A surprise to many was Tom Kristensen announcing he was selling his Pontiac Grand Prix, his pride and joy for some 20 plus years. It just wont be the same car without Tom behind the wheel. If you missed this one the next one is set for September 1st. Also the Scarborough Fire Fighters Golf Fall Classic is scheduled for September 30th at Sunnybrae in Port Perry hosted by Ray Green & John Barker. For more info see the posting on the home page. Just a reminder you don't have to be retired to attend, so mark your calendars - we hope to see you there.
posted July 17/16
Jessica Phoenix - Olympics Bound...
Jessica Phoenix is the granddaughter of Cliff Ferguson (Sen#116) and has been selected to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Jessie will be competing in the Equestrian Eventing with her ride 'A Little Romance' (aka Blue Eyes). Equestrian Eventing consists of 3 events - Dressage, Cross Country and Stadium Jumping. The cost for horse and rider to travel to the Olympics are huge. A GoFundMe page has been started to help Jessie and A Little Romance get to Rio. Every contribution helps. If you can help Jess get to Rio please visit here.
posted July 13/16
Don Lines RetiredHe started with the SFD in October of 1983 and as with most as of June 30th he has decided to slide into retirement. Ken spent some 33 years with the SFD and Toronto Fire Services (TFS) combined, he finished his career in west command. Pictured below with his Brother Ken (L).
picture credit - Larry
posted July 7/16
July Lunch UpdateDespite the extreme heat alert the turnout for the today's lunch at the 'The Pub' on Water Street in Port Perry was great. For a while a game of 'who is that' was played as many dove back into their memory banks to put a name to the face of Carl McIlroy who was last seen on the job some 33 years ago (1983). It was good to see Carl as he reconnected with many of his firefighter family. As usual the food was tasty and the reminiscing of some of the good old days was flowing for many. Also if you're looking for 626 clothing John Vonk usually has 'T' shirts and hats, etc. available for purchase. If you missed this one the next one is scheduled for August 4th at 'The Pub'. So mark your calendars, spread the word to other 626ers and plan to come out.
posted June 20/16
Scarborough F/Fs GolfThe weather couldn't have been better for a day of golf. With a mix of really good and almost as good it was another enjoyable day of golf and camaraderie. All of which was topped off with a lovely steak dinner. Thanks to Ray Green and his 'Assistant' John Barker for putting it all together. If you missed this one stay tuned for a September date.
posted June 4/16
REMINDER - Scarborough Fire Fighters Golf Tournament
The Location is - Sunnybrae Golf Club in Port Perry @ 1430 King Street (just east of Manchester at HWY 12 and HWY 7A)
Phone - 905-985-2234, or www.sunnybraegolfclub.com
The date is - Friday June 17th, 2016
To Register Contact - Ray Green at 905-985-5031 0r John Barker at 905-853-7293 (email -> email@example.com)
Registration is at 11:00am with Tee Times from 11:30am
Includes 18 holes of golf, power cart and BBQ Steak Dinner
Cost is $65.00 each with lots of prizes. Dinner only is $25.00 (5:00pm)
Ray would appreciate it if people could make up foursomes when registering.
Hope to see you there and please spread the word.
posted May 3/16
PromotionsCongrats go out to Daryl Savoie (Sen #742), Enn Valk (Sen #746) Guy Blasioli (Sen #747), and Giovani Arabia (Sen #749) on their promotion to TFS Captain.
posted May 3/16
Dave Grimshaw RetirementAfter 32 years Dave Grimshaw has retired 32 years!
posted Apr 11/16
Reverend Ron NickleHi Everyone:
Ron is at home now, quite tired, weak & short of breath. We're waiting on a call from TGH to see about a replacement for the aortic valve he had implanted 12 years ago. The old valve is leaking. Not much else to tell you. He has an appt with his cardiologist on Monday. Perhaps he can speed up the referral to TGH. Thank everyone for their concern. At present Ron feels too tired for company, but appreciates the kind thoughts of everyone.
posted Apr 6/16
Reverend Ron NickleHello Everyone,
I was informed yesterday that our Chaplain Ron Nickle had been admitted to hospital recently.
The following information on his condition is from his wife Sharon.
Our wishes go out to Ron for a speedy recovery.
The following is from Ron's wife Sharon...
WEDNESDAY MARCH 30TH
Hello Friends and Family:
Last night I told you that Ron was in ICU just because they couldn’t
find another suitable bed for him. Tonight I can only tell you how
incredibly grateful I am that he was in ICU.
This morning I arrived in ICU about 9:30am. The nurse advised me that
his heart had been in atrial fibrillation since about 3 am. After I
arrived he had 3 episodes where his heart rate dropped to 0 !! They
were just about to call a code blue but each time it came back on its
own. He currently has external pacemaker contacts on his chest, and
they have put in a subclavian line through which they can insert a
temporary internal pacemaker if necessary. They have managed to
convert the atrial fibrillation to a regular rhythm, and they are
keeping the heart rate and blood pressure steady with an assortment of
other intravenous drugs. They also have numerous diagnoses (plural)
under consideration, and they have done a battery of tests. Tomorrow
they plan to do a CT scan of his chest which hopefully will point them
in the right direction for treatment. He has a wonderful bunch of
specialists and some very capable, compassionate nurses attending to
him. Other than the brief periods when his heart rate was 0, he was
conscious, lucid, retained his sense of humour, and thanked the
doctors and nurses for what they were doing for him. He also joked
about having his own “crash cart” stationed in his room!
He looked much better this afternoon, his breathing was easier, and
his colour was good. In fact when I left the hospital at 10 pm. he was
sitting up in bed reading today’s newspaper! Carolyn and her partner
Greg visited this afternoon, and Barb visited this evening. He had
phone calls from his daughter Ruth in Ottawa and from his son Daniel,
in Shanghai. We are still keeping visitors and calls to family, but we
do appreciate all the concern and good wishes. I read him all your
emails, and he is pleased to hear from everyone. Also, there may be
some people that you know who are not on my list because I may not
have their email address. Please feel free to forward this to anyone
who might like to know about Ron’s condition.
The future may still hold some rough times for him, but he is in
excellent hands, and I think that anything that can be done for him is
being done. The doctors and nurses have also been excellent about
keeping me informed but sometimes the amount of information is almost
overwhelming, so I may not be getting everything down that is being
Thank you for all your offers of help, company etc. Right now, I am
managing well with the support of family and warm wishes from
everyone. I will not hesitate to call for help if needed. I would
still appreciate emails rather than phone calls. I cannot cope with
answering a number of phone calls at the end of a long day. Thank you
all for your understanding.
With love and gratitude,
posted Mar 28/16
Ray Cooks 80th BirthdayBelieve it or not Ray will turn 80 in April, everyone is invited to his birthday celebration at the Sunderland Legion Hall. Mark your calendars the date is Saturday April 23rd from 1 to 4 p.m. Best wishes go out to Ray on his up coming B-Day!
posted March 16/16
Doug Snowdon Retirement CelebrationCome out and bid farewell and best wishes to Andrew Blair and Doug Snowdon
The location is the Harp & Crown Pub - 300 Kingston Rd., Pickering
The date is March 31st @ 2 p.m. - ?? and tickets are $10:00
posted March 9/16
Pat McManus Retirement CelebrationAnother bids farewell, a send off bash is planned for Pat McManus on
April 2, 2016. The location is Highland Yacht Club - 5 Bluffers Park Rd.
Scarborough, ON M1M 3W3
Time: 6PM - 11 PM ----- $20 a ticket (dinner and gift)
Contact: Walter Rodriguez - 145 A (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Theo Cheng- 145 A (email@example.com)
Cathy Kearns (Kearns_c@yahoo.ca)
posted Feb 19/16
Jim Hoey (Sen#599)
After some 33 yrs with the TFS and SFD, best wishes go out to Jim as he settles into his retirement effective January 31, 2016. Congrats Jim and enjoy.
posted Feb 19/16
St. Patricks Day Parade
Once again Toronto Fire Fighters Local 3888 is taking part in the
parade. If you're interested in taking part, this year's St.
Patrick's Day Parade will take place on Sunday March 13th. 2016. All
attending Toronto Fire Fighters are reminded to wear their full
dress uniform (white shirt), trench coat (if required).
A shuttle will run from Adelaide Street Stn. (332) starting at 1000hrs until 1130hrs to the marshalling area near Harbord Street. and St. George Street. All fire fighters must form up by 1145hrs as the parade starts promptly at 12 noon.
As in the past, the crews from station 332 will be providing bacon sandwiches for a minimal cost starting from 0900 hours until 1100 hours.
At the end of the Parade there will be a reception for all participating uniformed fire fighters at the Grace O'Malley's Pub, 14 Duncan St. (Just east of Stn. 332).
Let's try and make this the biggest parade ever.
Parking is available in the Adelaide Street and John Street area at your own expense. There will be NO parking at the Fire Hall.
Contact Mike Ogle for further information.
posted Jan 14/16
Doug Snowdon - Sen #578After some 34+ years we find ourselves sending congrats Doug's way as he settles into the next phase of life that being retirement - congrats Doug enjoy!
posted Jan 14/16
Randy Bedford / Gord Allen RetirementCome out and wish them well, a retirement celebration is set for February 4th starting at 2p.m. The location is the Harp & Crown 300 Kingston Road, Pickering (Altona Rd. and Kingston Rd.) Tickets are $10.00 - see poster for further info.
posted Jan 05/16
Gerry Humphries - Sen #645
Effective Dec 31, 2015 Gerry has decided to call it a day and enjoy retired life. Congrats and best wishes go out to Gerry on his retirement.
posted Dec 10/15
Anthony (Tony) Harris - Sen #555And another almost slipped by. After 34+ years Tony has decided to kick back and enjoy. Best wishes and congrats to Tony on his retirement and years to come.
posted Dec 4/15
Randy Bedford - Sen #617After 31 years of dedicated service congrats go out Randy on his pending retirement this December 31st. Randy now has more time to invest in his passion of dog rescues. for those that are not aware Randy is in the midst of establishing his own rescue. You can follow his endeavours on Facebook.
posted Nov 26/15
Toronto Fire Christmas CeiliThe Toronto Fire Celtic Society has a Christmas gathering is set for Thursday December 3rd right after house league hockey. The location is the Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd (Scarborough) at Scarborough Gulf Club Rd. Time:- 1:00pm - 8:00pm. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org
posted Oct 16, 2015
Gord (The Brick) AllenAfter mixed signals as to whether he had or hadn't its now been confirmed Gord has retired. After some 34 years Gord is starting the next chapter of his life and we wish him all the best in his retirement.
posted Oct 13, 2015
REMINDER - Craig Chandler Retirement Celebration
Come out and join the masses as they send Craig off into retirement. The place is the Harp & Crown - 300 Kingston Rd., Pickering (Altona Rd and Kingston Rd.) October 15th, Start time is 2:00pm and tickets are $10.00. For ticket availability and more info see the creative FLYER. (FACEBOOK)
posted Sept 28, 2015
Pine Ridge GolfThe golf get together at Pine Ridge was another huge success thanks to the weather and the forty members that attended. Unfortunately, after 5 1/2 years, Tom and I can no longer put this event together. Ray Green has stepped up and will try to put the same deal together in Port Perry. Everyone supported the move and we wish Ray the best of luck with it. We will both offer any help we can. I neglected to thank my nephews, Bill Feaver and Norm Fletcher, for their donations to the give away bags that were placed in all the carts. And a huge thanks to John Vonk for his help in getting out emails about the golf. Once again, thanks for all the support over the years and hopefully this get together will continue for many more years. We look forward to participating in Port Perry next year.
Al Fletcher and Tom Kristensen
posted Sept 16, 2015
Matt Donnelly - Sen #564
And the list continues to grow - Congrats go out to Matt on his retirement as of August 31st - best wishes for an enjoyable retirement.
posted Sept 15, 2015
REMINDER - Retirement Celebration For Captain Carlos Speedy Gonzalez
NOTE: New Date and Times
Date: Wednesday September 23,
Place: Seaton Golf Course - Brock Street Pickering - 9:00am
Then: Harp and Crown, Pickering (Kingston Rd and Altona Rd.) - 2:00pm
For more info Contact - Jim Crummey, Stn 213 (Hall 12) 'B' Shift or 416-420-7921 (cell) / Tony Cardinale, Stn 232 (Hall #8) 'B' Shift or 416-677-5767 (cell)
posted Sept 15, 2015
September Golf Classic Reminder
September is here with the date for our next golf get together set
for Friday, Sept. 25th. As before it will be a scramble format with
an 11 o'clock shotgun start. The price is $64.00 for golf, power
cart, and dinner. Please specify steak or chicken dinner when
confirming your entry with Tom Kristensen @705-653-3295 or Al
Fletcher @647-351-2659. Enjoy the rest of the summer and we hope to
" see you in september ".
Thanks Al F.
posted Sept 10, 2015
Retirement Celebration for Chuck West
Once again they seem to be popping up one after another. After 35
years and 10 days of service, a retirement celebration has been
scheduled for the one firefighter who (thanks to the Skwid) had the
letters 'MD' after his name. The date is Tuesday, September
29th at the Harp & Crown - 300 Kingston Rd (at Altona Rd)
Pickering. Kick off time as usual is 2:00pm. Hope to see you there.
(see poster for more info)
posted Aug 22, 2015
September Golf ClassicHello Everyone,
September is fast approaching with the date for our next golf get together set for Friday, Sept. 25th. As before it will be a scramble format with an 11 o'clock shotgun start.
posted Aug 11, 2015
Tyler Briley Firefighter / SculpterIts no secret Tyler (#551) had the unfortunate luck of injuring his shoulder, an injury which refused to heal despite surgeries and rehab. Leaving him to deal with the day to day pain and cutting short his career. Fast forward to the last few years and Tyler has found his shoulder doing much better and recently he was commissioned to create a bronze plaque to commemorate the life and contributions of Lieutenant-Colonel Sam Sharpe. The plaque when completed will be placed in the Centre Block of Parliament in Ottawa.
Below - Tyler with his family at the initial unveiling of the Plaque. The description is still to be put in place. Congrats Tyler its quite the honour.
Government of Canada to honour Lieutenant-Colonel Sam Sharpe
Tyler Flash Back 1991
posted Aug 5, 2015
Craig Chandler Retired!After thirty six years Craig has decided to call it a day. Busy throughout his career, he was a founding member of the Scarborough Fire Fighters Haunted House a very successful endeavour raising money for the Scarborough Hospital Burn Unit. Congrats Craig, enjoy the permanent vacation. (click pic to enlarge)
posted June 30, 2015
Fletcher/Kristensen - Thankyou
The following note is from Al Fletcher:
Re Pine Ridge golf get together, Once again we were blessed with fantastic weather and a great turnout with 37 golfers. The winning foursome was Roy Fletcher, Norm Fletcher, Mac Burrell, and Chris Burrell with a 69.Thanks to Chris Burrell and Wayne Harris' neighbour Jack for the prizes they donated.Unfortunately Tom was not able to golf as his wife Ingrid had a fall and broke her wrist and they were in Peterborough for orthopedic surgery on friday. Ingrid came through the surgery fine and is home recuperating.
Thanks again to all those that showed up for the golf and we plan to do this again on Friday September 25/15
posted June 4, 2015
Promotions & RetirementsWe strive to keep pace with those moving to a new phase of their lives or work, if we miss someone please let us know. Congrats go out to Rick Berenz, John Doorleyers, Paul Grills, Don MacDonald and Jurgen Wittemeier on their promotion to Capatin.
Best wishes go out to Paul Bolton, Kevin Graig and John Wagner on their retirements.
posted May 19, 2015
Rob Wilhelm Retirement Celebration
A retirement celebration for Rob is to take place at Scruffy Murphy's, 225 The East Mall. June 17th @ 6pm. Tickets are $20.00 @ the door.
posted May 11, 2015
Bishop, Carolan, Demarco Retirement CelebrationA retirement celebration has been planned for Scott Bishop (#594 ), Chuck Carolan (#595 ) and Joe Demarco (#554 ) the date is Wednesday, June 24th at the Newcastle Golf Course (website). Tee off is 9:00 a.m. sharp (shot gun). The cost is $120.00 - includes golf cart, hot dog & beer at the turn, and a steak dinner. Bus shuttle is being arranged with pick ups at Kathyrns Restaurant (Rouge Dr. and Kingston Rd. Pickering) and Baton Rouge (Consumers Dr. and Thickson Rd. Whitby) Pick up times to be posted once they're finalized. For more information or to RSVP please contact - Steve Harvey, Stn 233 'B', Peter Gallo, Stn 222 'B' or Rick Gallo - 905-767-0022
Posted May 5, 2015
Retirement Congrats - Scott DalyCongrats go out to Scott Daly (#596) on his retirement effective May 31st. Seems 32 years was enough and a nice new Camaro convertible was a good way to mark the next stage... congrats Scott and we all look forward to a ride in the new car!!
Posted May 5, 2015
Al Fletcher & Tom Kristensen Golf @ Pine RidgeAnyone who has attended can attest to what a great day of golf, food and camaraderie this is. The date for the next event is Friday, June 19th and with new ownership at the club and the incredible increase in the cost of beef, the new price is $61.13 tax included. If we can get the numbers in quickly, we can have a shotgun start. If you are planning to attend, please call Tom Kristensen at 705-653-3295 or Al Fletcher at647-351-2659 A.S.A.P. Hopefully we will have continued success with this event. Pineridge Golf Course, Highway 30 north of Brighton. Tee times start at 9:30 a.m ---- Mark your calendars - make the call!!
Posted May 5, 2015
Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Service
On Sunday, June 7, 2015 Toronto Fire Services and the Toronto Professional Firefighter's Association will host the annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. Six names will be added this year.Captain Terry Haworth, died June 20, 2008
Firefighter David E. Obrien, died Oct. 30, 2013
District Chief John Anktell, died Feb. 15, 2014
Firefighter Bruce B. Statton, died Aug 20, 2014
District Chief John D. Roach, died Aug, 2014
Firefighter William D. Crawford, died Mar. 2, 2015 (former SFD)
The ceremony will take place at:
Location: 339 Queen’s Quay West (behind Station #334, east of Spadina)
Time: 1100 hours
Parking: Exhibition Place Lot 6
This is your
opportunity,along with friends and family of the fallen, to honour
the memory of Firefighters who have paid the ultimate sacrifice,
while serving the citizens of Toronto.
All Toronto Fire Service personnel are cordially invited to attend, march, and show their respect.(Full dress uniform/white shirts).
Posted Apr 20, 2015
Slowly the numbers keep on coming. It's been said everyone knows when it's time... Congratulations go out to Ron Dey (#515) and Rob Wilhelm (#623) on their retirements as of Feb 28th. 2015.
posted Mar 25, 2015
Eric Cotter Retirement
After 41 years Eric has finally decided its enough. A retirement celebration is taking place on April 23rd (was the 3rd) at the Black Dog Pub. Start time is 7:00pm. Tickets are 10.00 at the door. Further info can be had by contacting Stn. 332 'C' platoon.
posted Mar 11, 2015
George Markle - Sen #585He spent years standing at the back door of Hall #7 waiting for his relief to arrive. Now some 33 years later he almost snuck out unnoticed. Best wishes go out to George on his retirement which was effective Feb 28th.
posted Mar 10, 2015
REMINDER: Fundraiser in Support of Ella and Landon MoonlightOn Thursday March 26th. The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Celtic Society is holding a fundraiser hockey game between Scarborough Fire Fighters House League All-stars and Toronto Fire All-stars. All monies raised will be given to David Moonlight and held in trust for Ryan's children Ella and Landon. The location is Canlan Ice Sports - 159 Dynamic Dr. Scarborough. Start time is 12:30. Tickets are $15.00 and will be available starting on Monday March 2,1025. If you need any other information other than what is on the poster let me know.
Tickets are available from Ryan Redwood....227 A; Pat Hayter 332 C; Jay Atwell 332 C; Phil Meredith 243 A; Rob Gutray 432 C; Greg Haley 314 A.
As well as myself 232 (Hall #8) 'A' sift or by email email@example.com or cell 905-449-2373 And will probably be available through car 23.
Bruce,Sharon and the family will be there as well.
For more information see this flyer.
posted Mar 10, 2015
John Wagner RetirementSeems the retirements just keep coming. John started with the Scarborough Fire Dept. in Sept. 1984 and after many years has decided its time to kick back and do a little more fishing. A retirement celeration is set for March 30th @ 7:00pm. The location is the Harp and Crown at Kingston Rd. and Altona Rd. Tickets are $20.00 for a buffet dinner.
posted Mar 8, 2015
Jim Crummey/Ken Leslie Rertirement
Its no secret that as many of us get older and wiser we also tend to need the odd reminder. So less you forgot this event had to be rescheduled. A gathering to kick Jim and Ken into retirement will take place on Tuesday, March 10th. Tickets are $10.00 at the door and the fun will take place at the Harp & Crown Pub, Kingston Rd. And Altona Rd., Pickering. Start time is 2pm.
posted Mar 5, 2015
A Milestone - thanks for your interestMay 2014 would have seen the 75th anniversary of IAFF Local 626. From its IAFF Charter until its dissolution there was a total of 859 members. Today there are approximately 242 who are still active with the TFS.
The 1998 amalgamation saw more and more SFD/626 members retiring and/or being transferred all over the new City of Toronto. Slowly it seemed to become harder to know when someone retired or received a promotion, etc. The internet (website) seemed like a good means to try and keep the flow of information going and maybe even the many years of camaraderie intact. The plan was to keep it as a simple as possible, yet the learning curve at the time was steep, and continues to be as the digital age changes faster than ever.
So here we are 10 years and more than 100,000 visits since the site was first posted to the internet, never would I have thought this site would reach these numbers.
I’d like to thank all those who have sent me pictures and info to help keep the site interesting and/or current. If you have anything of interest you wish to share please pass it along, keeping the site current can be difficult at times. In the mean time I’ll keep working on updating the site to the new format you see on a number of the main pages, it will happen it just takes time. Thanks Again - Chuck
posted Mar 2, 2015
Congrats go out to Carlos Gonzalez (sen #537) and Joe Demarco (sen #554) on their retirement effective January 31st. We look forward to future celebrations! Best wishes go out to Dave Bacon (sen #633) as he moves onto LTD.
posted Feb 27, 2015
St. Patrick's Day ParadeThis years St. Patrick's Day Parade takes place on Sunday March 15th. Transportation to the start of the parade route will begin at 10:00 am. form Station 332 (Adelaide Street). This as a day that's always enjoyed by those who attend - mark your calendars - plan to attend.
posted Feb 27, 2015
Celebration of Life - Donnie ParkerRyan Redwood has advised that a celebration of Donnie Parker's life is to be held on March 1st, 2015.The location is the Harp and Crown - Kingston Road and Altona Road in Pickering. Time: 3 to 7pm. Please pass on to those who may be interested.
posted Feb 13, 2015
Criteria for Medical expenses at Tax timeAs tax time is upon us it was thought the following article (link) in the Huffington Post would be a good reminder for those eligible to claim medical expenses. For instance did you know "Travel medical insurance is considered a medical expense" or "If you live in an area where you have to travel to see specialists or go to the hospital, you are allowed to claim expenses for the travel, but it depends on how far you have to go. If you travel more than 40 but less than 80 kilometres to receive the treatment, you are able to claim the mileage on your return".
While it may not be perfect the article definitely is food for thought and gives information on medical expenses worth looking into while filing our taxes.
Posted January 7, 2015
Fire Fighter Dog Rescue
For some time now Randy Bedford (Sen #617) has been involved with
helping dogs in need. He got started through volunteer work with the
Durham Humane Society and assisting dog rescue organizations. Randy
has put in countless hours and many miles on his personal vehicle in
some of the worse weather to help get dogs out of those places that
would otherwise see them euthanized.
Randy has taken the next step and is working on starting his own rescue. Noel is Randys first rescue and came out of Quebec. She is currently residing with a foster and will soon move onto her forever home. Rescues work best with the help of fosters, if you or some one you know may be interested in helping through fostering please contact Randy at firstname.lastname@example.org or message him via the Fire Fighter Dog Rescue Facebook page.
Posted January 2, 2015
I hope everyone had a good Christmas and a Happy New Year. This is just to remind you that our first retirees luncheon is only a week away.
early this year since the second Thursday is the 8th
It's at the usual place, The Harp & Crown Pub in Pickering at Kingston Rd. & Altona Rd. Starting around 11:30 am.
Please let us know if you're coming by e-mail at email@example.com or leave a message at 905 509-2953 or call Roy Fletcher at 416 261-0661.
Hope to see you there.
Regards - John Vonk
Posted Dec 17, 2014
Past Grievance Awards
Its no secret that Scarborough Fire Fighters enjoyed some of the
strongest collective agreement language. A result of this strong
language Scarborough Fire Fighters found themselves in arbitration
quite often as they fought to have their collective agreement
adhered to. Even when they were not successful the result would
usually clarify things for both sides. While browsing for these
awards you quickly realize how important these awards can and have
become. Take the side burn grievance, recently Arbitrator Slotnick
used the side burn grievance - Re Borough of Scarborough and
International Association of Fire Fighters (1972) 24 L.A.C. 78
(Shime), - as part of his award pertaining to the Ottawa
Hospital v CUPE Loc 4000 where the workers were successful in
a dress code issue.
As these awards are a part of 626 history, and in many instances are important today I have been browsing the internet looking for past awards. On the home page (near the bottom) you will find the 1979 high court award pertaining to 626 Job Descriptions and the 1998 Overtime Grievance. The infamous side burn grievance is also posted there for your perusal should you wish to.
Posted Dec 12, 2014
Welcome to the new LocaL Line
As mentioned on the home page ScaboroughFireFighters.org is getting a face lift. Much if not all of the old site will eventually get revamped to this new look. While under construction the old and new will be merged until such time as each old page can be updated. Its being done this way because the old site was very out dated and becoming troublesome to update. Its hoped you will enjoy the new look and have little trouble finding your way around. Should you encounter any broken links or other imperfections please feel free to pass along an email and I'll do my best to correct it. In the mean time its hoped everyone has a very Merry Christamas and a Happy and prosperous New Year.
Posted Nov 29, 2014Social Media and Employment
Today use of social media is a big part of many of our day to day lives. Recent arbitration awards show the impact it can have on ones employment. Fourteen months ago National Post article(s) of three Toronto Fire Fighter's use of social media garnered lots of attention. All three were represented by their association and had their cases heard by different arbitrators. The awards show two are no longer working for TFS although one (who was on probation) is to be re-hired in the next recruit class. The third saw his dismissal reduced to a three day unpaid suspension. The links below will take you to the actual awards and while two are a lengthy read, they help one understand the use of social media with respect to the workplace, co-workers and the employer.
Toronto Fire Public
Apparently Toronto Fire Services values the public's opinion, as such they are looking forward holding 'informative discussions' to allow residents, businesses and other stakeholders to share opinions and ideas. If you live or have family living in Toronto and wish to have some input then consider attending one of the four scheduled meetings.