Congrats and best wishes go out to Jurgen Wittemeier (#735) on his retirement effective August 31st. We're sure he'll enjoy this next chapter.
Also congrats to the following on their promotions. Rick Batelaan
(#634) promoted to District Chief with Toronto Fire.
Doug Aresenault (#808); Lee Brown (#812); Bob Cooke (#813); Glenn Kerr (#816); Michael Pare (#819);
Sean Travis (#821) and Darren Wicks (#822) on their promotion too Captain with Toronto Fire.
Scarborough F/Fs Fall Golf Tournament
Just a quick reminder that the Fall Golf Tournament is just 9 days away (September 6th). Its a fun day of whack-a-ball followed by a whole lot of camaraderie and dinner. If you're interested but haven't registered contact Ray Green or John Barker. Hope to see you there.
THERE'S BEEN A CHANGE TO THE STARTING TIME FOR THE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6TH SCARBOROUGH FIRE FIGHTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT.
THERE WILL BE A FREE BREAKFAST AT
9 AM AND
THE TEE-OFF TIME WILL BE 10 AM.
ALSO THE DINNER TIME WILL BE ADJUSTED TO START BETWEEN 3:30 AND 4 PM
Click on the poster to enlarge it.
Bernie Leufkins (Sen #606) Retirement
After almost 36 years Bernie has called it a day. He started with the Scarborough Fire in October of 1983 and retired as District Chief with Toronto Fire July 31st. Best wishes go out to Bernie as he embarks on the next chapter of his life.
A send off is planned for Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 at the Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd., Scarborough (at Scarborough Golf Club Rd). Kick off time is 2:30pm, Cost is $20.00 in advance / $25.00 at the door. For tickets contact Peter Altomare @ Stn 345 - D platoon or Brian Peters @Stn 231 - B platoon.
Mark your calendars and come otu and wish Bernie all the best.
CFFF 2019 Memorial
Date: July 29, 2019
Subject: Ottawa CFFF 2019 Memorial
To: All Members
The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF) will be hosting its annual Memorial Service in Ottawa on September 8th, 2019. At 1030am.
Members are required to wear their full dress uniforms (white shirt, white gloves) to the ceremony. Form up for parade to the Ceremony is at 0900 hrs, just east of the Fire Fighter Memorial.
Toronto will be adding several names to the Memorial Wall this year. Updated notice to follow with confirmed names.
Once again, Local 3888 will be providing free transportation for members who would like to participate in the ceremony.
The bus will leave Station 441 (740 Martingrove Rd.) on Saturday September 7th at 0900hrs, then on to Station 243 (4562 Sheppard Ave. E.) by 1000hrs, then stopping briefly at the Whitby Go Station by 1030hrs. We are scheduled to arrive at our hotel in Ottawa around 1500hrs.
After the Ceremony on Sunday, the bus will retrace its steps, ending up at Martingrove sometime early Sunday evening.
Please join us on Saturday evening in Ottawa, where a tradition has been established at the Highlander Pub in the Byward Market, that welcomes fire fighters and pipe bands who perform throughout the evening.
Rooms are available at a rate of $169.00 per room (2 queen size beds in each room) for Saturday night. These rooms will be at the Holiday Inn Hotel Ottawa Parliament Hill, 402 Queen Street, Ottawa. Rooms must be booked by August 16th, 2019 to ensure this rate.
For anyone wanting to reserve a room from this block, they should contact the Holiday Inn;
Hotel Front Desk: 613-236-1133, Central Reservations : 1-800-Holiday,
Block Code: TOR
Block Name: Toronto Professional Firefighter,
Booking Link: Toronto Professional Firefighters
Members may contact Gerlando Peritore firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register for the bus. You must contact
us no later than September 1st, 2019.
Spaces are limited, but we will attempt to accommodate as many members as possible.
For more information on the Memorial Service, go to cfff.ca
Chair, Ceremonial & Bereavement Committee, Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association I.A.F.F. Local 3888
Toronto Fire Fighters Memorial
A special thank you goes out to John Vonk and Gord McBride for taking time out of their Fathers Day to attend the TFS Memorial Ceremonies and present a wreath on behalf of Scarborough Fire Fighters. This year there were three more Scarborough names added to the wall. They were Captain Ron Milroy, Captain George Bellinger and Fire Fighter Scott Daly. Our deepest condolences to their families.
Picture Credit Karen Reid.
Scarborough Fire Fighters Retirees -
T.K. Classic Golf Tourney
Its time to mark your calendars and gather your foursomes. The date is Friday, June 14th, 2019 the location is the same - Sunnybrae Golf Club, 1430 king St., Port Perry.
Registration is at 11:00am with Tee times from 11:30am. Cost
is $70.00 per person - includes 18 holes
of golf, w/power cart and chicken and rib dinner (Dinner only is
**There will be a brief memorial prior to dinner**
All are welcome - for more information and to book your spot contact Ray Green @ 905.985.5031 or John Barker @ 905.853.7293.
Al Waterson Retirement Breakfast
Friday April 19th 2019 7am after D shift.
Location: Station 223, 116 Dorset Rd
$20 ticket includes Peameal and Bacon and eggs
Tickets available from
223D, C22D, C23D
Congrats go out to Mike Leufkins (Sen
#629) on his promotion to TFS District Chief.
When it comes to retirements those seniority numbers are starting to get nearer the end of the seniority list. Congrats and best wishes to Beris Laing (Sen #655) and Keith Jones (Sen #759) on their recent retirement.
Bill 84 Nostalgia...Okay dig back in those memory banks, remember BILL 84. Here's a little nostalgia! Nice work Bob...
I hope this works - Turn up your volume!
TFFC Society Bonspiel for Camp Bucko
The Toronto Fire Fighters Celtic Society are hosting their annual Bonspiel for Camp Bucko next week (Feb 19th) There's still room for a few more teams. Those interested in participating can contact Dave Cossitt. Further details can be found by clicking here.
Is it the frigid January temps that entice retirements, probably not, right. This time round we have 7 who have decide to make the move to the every day's a lieu day life style. Congrats and best wishes for a great retirement go out to - Gord Snelling (#612), Ivor Walker (#614), Rob Carey (#652), Mark Ashcroft (#663), Dean Weare (#664), Russ Aitchison (#705), and Brian Staal (#775)
Enjoy your next chapter...
Congrats go out Pat Egan (#618) on his promotion to TFS District Chief, and Derek Clausen (#789) Paul Rooney (#803) on their promotion to TFS Captain.
2018 Thank You
close out 2018 I'd just like to take a moment to thank John Vonk,
Roy Fletcher and the Retirees Executive as well as Gary Roncetti for
the work they do in keeping us informed and arranging the monthly
luncheons. This past year saw the luncheon numbers better than ever,
and its hoped they will continue to grow in the new year.
We also need to thank Ray Green and John Barker for the work they do in putting together the Spring and Fall Golf Tournaments, they too were filled to capacity this past year. The camaraderie and old war stories cant be beat!!
Unfortunately, 2108 saw us losing 22 of our Scarborough family, our condolences to those who lost a loved ones this past year.
In closing, may the New Year bring joy, peace, and happiness to our SFD family and friends - comradery is good for the soul, so if ya got the time come on out !
Scott Daly RemembranceThe following invite has been extended from Randy Smith (TFS)...
We wanted to make sure that Scott Daly's Scarborough FD friends are aware that we (the boys from 231, B Platoon) are having a get-together at Bittmore's in Courtice. This coming Monday at 7:30 PM. Feel free to spread the word. Please email email@example.com if you're coming, so we can reserve more space if needed. Thanks
Bitmoore Tap and Grill
Bitmoore Tap and Grill location
Stone Cottage Inn ChristmasA gathering is brewing, Mitch Brown is wanting to get the word out for the brothers and sister to gather at The Stone Cottage Inn (Kingston Rd & Scarborough Golf Club Rd) on Tuesday December 18th @ 4pm to share some Christmas cheer. Please spread the word to those who maybe interested - Merry Christmas.
TPFFA Presidents Message
Whether retired or still hard at it... I know we all like to follow anything that may or may not impact ourselves or our brother and sister firefighters. Of all the information I have seen on the recent changes to the OMERS plan I believe the following from Local 3888 President Frank Ramagnano provides a good understanding of those changes. Frank also speaks to the Ontario Governments fall economic statement and the possible impact to fire fighters. I'd like to thank Frank for sharing this information with us.President’s Message: OMERS Plan Changes and Ontario Government’s Fall Economic Statement
After an extensive Comprehensive Plan Review, the OMERS SC Board voted on November 15, 2018 on the proposed six Plan changes:
- Removal of 35 Year Service Cap – (approved)
- Ability for Paramedics to Negotiate NRA 60 – (approved)
- Mandatory Enrollment of non Full-Time Members – (was not approved)
- Conditional Indexing – (was not approved)
- Enhanced CPP Plan Integration – (was not approved)
- Reduction of Early Retirement Subsidies – (was not approved)
The OMERS SC Board is mandated with the responsibility for ensuring the long-term sustainability for the pensions of retirees today, and our members in the future. I commend the efforts to conduct this extensive review over the past year and appreciate the Board’s efforts to consult with all stakeholders and to consider the input in the decisions that were made.
As the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters representative on the board, I think it is only fair to state where I landed on each issue:
I supported the Removal of 35 year service cap, ability for paramedics to negotiate NRA 60 and mandatory Enrollment of non Full-Time members.
I did not support enhanced CPP plan integration, reduction of early retirement subsidies. The plan does not need to reduce benefits and these two items would do exactly that.
I also did not vote for the current configured conditional indexing. I believe that a third lever is needed for risk management of the plan, considering our declining active to retiree ratio, and indexing is the only legal item you can fund but not invoke. I voted against it, as technically, I was not convinced that it would function as I envisioned it would and I wanted it tied to our funding management system contribution caps.
Our Local has taken a lead in meeting with the other major unions of the OMERS plan. We met on four occasions at our office to discuss these issues and I look forward to continuing to work with our fellow unions.
I congratulate the paramedics of Ontario in achieving their long-term goal of having the ability to negotiate NRA 60 with their employer. As the co-chair of the OMERS SC board representing employees, I am proud of our efforts over the last several months in discussing this item with our employer counterparts and securing their approval.
The removal of the 35 year service cap has been a long studied and discussed item in the Fire Service. I have been involved with this item for the past 10 years. I was pleased that the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters, through convention action, gave me the permission to discuss the removal. We believe this will help with the education of our members on when it is the most appropriate time for them to retire. It also makes those members who choose to stay past 35 years of service, continue to pay into the pension plan. Currently, members stop paying into the plan at 35 years, but their best 5 years continues to improve regardless of the fact that they do not contribute to the plan. How OMERS transitions to this new ability needs to be worked out and will be communicated when that is done. This change will not be able to take place for several years and 2021 would look like the earliest it could be invoked.
I would like to thank our members and all Ontario fire fighters who did not get caught up in some of the campaigns that other unions launched. I have worked with the OPFFA executive board throughout this past year and that is how the OMERS SC structure was setup. Each of the major plan member unions have representatives on the OMERS SC that make the decisions and I believe unions should work through their individual representatives. It was clear that representatives of unions that were not involved in trying to sway votes had creditability at the OMERS SC table and their voices were heard.
I encourage the SC Board to continue their work to ensure the OMERS Plan remains sustainable and meaningful for its members.
Ontario Government released its Fall Economic Statement
November 15, 2018, the Ontario Government released its Fall Economic Statement. Contained in the statement are two items of interest with regard to local labour relations.
First, the government intends to introduce legislation to “enable municipalities to employ full‐time firefighters who volunteer (part time) in other communities (‘double‐hatters’).” It would be the intent of the government to make it illegal for fire associations to have constitutional rules on how it governs its own members.
Second, the Ford Government intends to modify the arbitration process with a move to a single arbitrator who must consider what the municipality has given other worker groups. It is difficult to know what this change will do to Fire collective bargaining at this point. We know that the Association of Municipalities of Ontario were lobbying the current government for these changes. Having an arbitration board has served us well, as many of the issues are technical in nature and by having a panel, they help the arbitrator in fully understanding an issue before decisions are made.
We are disappointed that the government did not partake in meaningful consultation with all stakeholders, as other governments have done in the past. It makes it difficult to know their intent, based on the paragraph in the Economic Statement. We will continue to work with all Ontario fire fighters in fighting to ensure that our arbitration process is as fair and open to both parties.
We will keep you informed as this issue evolves.
OMERS Comprehensive Review
As you may be aware OMERS routinely conducts a comprehensive review to insure the plan is sustainable. The recent review had a number of items being taken into consideration. While the changes don't necessarily affect one who is already retired, interested individuals can follow this link to OMERS and the changes decided on.
Congratulations to the following on their promotions,
Bernie Leufkens, Bryce McDonald, and John Noble - District
Kevin Ashfield, Brent Edmunds, Rob Gutray and Ron Ireland - Captain Tony Cardinale and Blair Smith - Acting Captain
Enjoy this next step of your journey!!
Reminders...We hope everyone is enjoying the lovely fall weather!! Knowing how hectic life can be, especially in retirement, we thought we'd pass on just a couple quick reminders of some up coming dates - November 1st is the retirement get together for Randy Obie, Steve Duffield, and Bruce Russell - 2:30 @ The Harp & Crown ($10.00 at the door). Also of note is that we're back into winter luncheon mode however, there will NOT be a luncheon in November. We look forward to seeing everyone on December 13th (second Thursday) at the Harp & Crown in Pickering (Altona & Kingston Rd) at the usual time. And if you're into art (or not) Tyler Briley's exhibit starts October 27th. see the post below for details!!
Lastly, October 31st marks the day 20 years ago that Local 626 locked the office door for good and an era ended!!!
Tyler Briley Art Exhibit
Tyler started with the SFD in July of 1981 (Sen #551) and was active
until an injury saw him off on LTD never to return to the fire
service. Recovery was long and tough, but he eventually was able to
return to his love of art.
An exhibition of Tyler's work will be held at the Kent Farndale Gallery, 231 Water Street, Port Perry (Part of the Library in town). Opening day is Saturday, October 27, 2018 with a reception which starts at 2:00pm - come out and meet the artist. The exhibit will run until November 23rd.
Kent Farndale Gallery Tyler Briley Sculpture
Retirement - Randy Obie, Steve Duffield, Bruce Russell
Mark your calendars to get a deal on this three for the price of one. A get together to wish them well is planned for November 1, 2018. The location is The Harp & Crown, at 300 Kingston Rd. (Kingston & Altona) Pickering. Time 2:00pm till ??? Tickets are $10.00 and available from 242 B, 215 B, Car 24 B or at the door.
By now everyone's probably aware of this lawsuit. The O.P.F.F.A claims that millions have been misappropriated. Currently, they are in pre-trial to see if there is enough evidence to justify a trial. The following link is from the website BURNING SHENANIGANS re: the Atkinson/Grieve civil lawsuit by the OPFFA. It will take you to some interesting reading from pre-trial witnesses leading up to the trial.burningshenanigans.com/opffavsgrievesatkinson/
O.P.F.F.A. spending Tens of thousands...
Its been alleged the OPFFA may go to its members for up to $5,000.00 each if need be. While they have that ability Paul and Colin don't. They are still in need of help for their legal fees. If you wish to support Paul and Colin you can make a donation by following the link.
Retirements & Promotions
Clearly should have waited for the revised TFS llist!!! So, once
again we find ourselves sending out congrats to those that are moving
to the next phase of this great journey called life. In the retirement
category effective July 31st is Alan Heinz (#590), Steve Duffield
(#597) Steve Coles (#684) John Novakis (#707) Paul Demy (#734) and
Daryl MacLennan (#785). In the promotions category Rob Bell (#752)
Greg Davis (#754)
Joe Morache (764) and Jeff Caswell (#772) are now Captains. Also John Maclachlan (#703) and Darren Van De Walker #(659) are now A/D/Cs. Congrats to all, enjoy this next leg of your life journey!
REMINDER - Scarborough Fire Fighters Fall Golf Classic!The date for the fall golf is September 21, 2018. Once again it will be held at Sunnybrae Golf Course in Port Perry (905-985-2234). Registration is at 11:00am with Tee times starting at 11:30am.
The price is still $65.00 and includes 18 holes of Golf, w/power cart, and dinner (chicken & ribs). If you don't golf and just want to come for dinner and the camaraderie, its $25.00. So mark your calendars and come out for some fun, frustration and gift of the gab!!!
For more info and to register contact Ray Green @ 905-985-5031 OR John Barker @ 905-853-7293
Paul Atkinson / Colin Grieve Defense Fund
Many have heard of the situation Paul and Colin have found themselves in. Both these individuals were instrumental in the presumptive legislation protecting fire fighters today. SFDers that know Paul find it hard to believe the allegations of the OPFFA and I'm sure its likewise for those that know Colin.
While some have kept up to date on this issue many just know the rumours. The following are excerpts and a link which will take you to a defense fund campaign which has been initiated to help Paul and Colin. I urge you to follow the link, read the details there and if you see fit help our brothers fight these charges - no amount is too small.
"The two firefighters have devoted over
20 years advocating for WSIB benefits for occupational disease.
Starting from the era of no entitlements, the two worked separately
in their respective cities to gain benefits on a case-by-case basis.
In 2000, Colin and Paul came together and took an independent
initiative to advance Occupational Cancers for firefighters. Using
the network they built, they were able to build relationships with
WSIB Senior Management to create a prevention mandate. This mandate
involved creating a poster project and safety video called Mask Up.
This initiative was utilized nationwide and continues to be the
primary prevention initiative".
"-The Ontario Provincial Firefighters Association (OPFFA) accuses Atkinson and Grieve of misappropriating over 3 million dollars, of what the OPFFA states are theirs.
Keep in mind that these 3 million dollars would have only come from "obligatory donations" (as the OPFFA oxymoronically termed it) from successful claimants. What the OPPFA fails to state is that only successful claimants that did not pay union dues were required to pay an obligatory donation. That is to say, Union paying members did not have to pay an obligatory donation when they successfully won their claim. Atkinson and Grieve represented hundreds of claimants over the years, which led to over a hundred million dollars in total WSIB payouts. But many of these claimants were Active Living Members, and Deceased Active Members and their Estates. These two groups of claimants were Union dues-paying members, and were not required to make donations. Atkinson and Grieve also represented Living Retired Firefighters, and Deceased Retired Firefighters and their Estates. These individuals were not dues-paying members and were not a part of the OPFFA; therefore, they were encouraged to make a voluntary donation at their discretion."
105 Homes - Aerial View
Still smoldering, this aerial view of the 1987 fire shows what amazing work was done by fire fighters from Scarborough and Markham. Clearly through their hard work many many homes under construction were saved! A single cigarette butt may have started this fire that leveled 105 houses . (click pic to enlarge)
Canadian Fire Fighters Memorial Ottawa
Once again the Canadian Fire Fighters Memorial will see Scarborough Fire Fighters added to the memorial. To see a complete list and for details on the memorial please click on the pic below.