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Distracted Driving 

Posted in Politics, Rants with tags , , , , on 28/09/2016 by patrickivan

It is incredible. Driving while operating a cell phone is now a serious offence in Ontario. The consequences, either by collission, or HTA violation fine, is quite high. 

The message is clear and loud. Stay off the phone when driving. 

Yet every day during my commute, at any given moment, I can spot someone reading, manipulating, texting, on their phones. 

It is SO dangerous, and apparently an epidemic. 

I’d love to stop and call the OPP to file a report every time, but that would literally be a full time job.

The alternative is to pull over and fire off a quick text that includes all relevant information. 

And that is all I will ever do. Because if it is as serious as they say, and it is this prevalent, then something better needs to be done to stop them all ASAP!

#putdownthephone

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Children’s Aid Society or Drug Dealer’s Aid Society?

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , on 09/05/2011 by patrickivan

The Children’s Aid Society is letting 4 children stay with an accused drug dealer whose home was raided for alleged trafficking. The accused was charged with  possession for the purpose, schedule I and II x 2. His wife was as well.

He is believed to have been doing it for some time now. He sold to high school students and sold from his home were his children reside.

Children’s Aid believes that this home is suitable, despite 2 of the children having a mother that has 50% custody of them, and a drug free home.

One of the children residing with them was kicked out of his/her home. CAS deems this situation as acceptable. For a homeless child to live with drug dealer.

Children’s Aid Society is a joke.

Update 4 June, 2011

So where does Children’s Aid get all their money? Who funds this useless organisation?

Here’s an ad for a job with them. Over $100000 for a human resources director. What a joke. SAVE THE CHILDREN- give us your money! We need our nice cushy do nothing jobs!

http://www.charityvillage.com/cvnet/viewlisting.aspx?eng=True&fs=True&fa=False&id=233502
Director of Human Resources
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We are a progressive child welfare agency committed to service excellence,
teamwork and participation in decision-making.

We respect and value diversity and operate from an anti-oppression framework.
Located in a prime recreational area about

one hour north of Toronto, we provide the opportunity to combine the career
and lifestyle of your choice.  The agency

currently has 270 employees in 6 offices throughout Simcoe County.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Human Resources will
assume overall leadership for all HR functions of

the agency including: HR planning, recruitment and selection; employee
support, performance management and labour

relations; compensation and HRIS systems; health, safety and wellness; and
overall employee and organizational

development.  The incumbent will be an integral member of the Senior
Leadership Team contributing to planning and

decision-making on a full range of issues affecting the operation of the
agency.

Preference will be given to candidates with the following qualifications:

·         Several years of progressively responsible HR management experience
with a generalist focus, including experience in unionized settings

·         Post secondary education in Human Resources Management with CHRP
designation

·         In-depth understanding regarding  the field of child welfare

·         Excellent interpersonal skills and written and oral communication
skills

·         Excellent judgment in dealing with sensitive and confidential
information in a diplomatic, professional and tactful manner

·         Demonstrated skills in mediation, negotiation, coaching and
facilitating

·         A flexible, creative, open-minded approach to problem solving

·         Highly developed organizational and prioritization skills

·         Strong computer skills with experience in all Microsoft Office
applications as well as HRIS systems

·         Demonstrated ability and experience in the effective management of
a team, including developing positive working relationships with those in and
outside the team, as well as maintaining appropriate support, service and
financial accountability systems

·         An understanding of anti-oppression values and principles is
important. In particular, knowledge and awareness of the culture and history
along with an understanding of the social and political issues facing First
Nations, Métis, and Inuit people today would be an asset

·         Bilingualism (English/French) is also an definite asset

The current salary is up to $114,992 commensurate with experience, with a
generous benefits package, vacation and leave

provisions.

Please forward resumes to:                              Debbie Wilkes

Human Resources Assistant

Simcoe County Children’s Aid Society

60 Bell Farm Road, Unit #7

Barrie, Ontario L4M 5G6

Telephone: 1-800-461-4236 x2232     Fax: 705-726-9788
email:  Debbie.Wilkes@simcoecas.com

For more information and to apply on-line go to
http://www.simcoecas.com  and click on the Employment link.

 

Oh yes- Debbie Wilkes. Not the figure skater. Though I wonder if she was the same Debbie Wilkes who worked at the Alliston Family Health Team. She was helping me with something. I had one visit with her, and she disappeared. No word. No calls returned. She just stopped helping… Sounds like someone who is a perfect fit for Children’s Aid.

Canada Post: Poster Boys Of Poor Planning In New Communities.

Posted in Miscellaneous, Politics with tags , , , , , on 06/02/2010 by patrickivan

I live in a new Mattamy community development in Alliston, Ontario. It’s barely 4 years old, and for the most part, well thought out with nice walking paths that cross the neighbourhood along a pretty ravine.

We received notice last year that our community mail boxes were to be moved from across the street to our side of the street, practically in front of our house.

Now, yes, I personally found the move irksome because of the inconvenience of all the cars stopping right in front of our window. But my disdain for the move isn’t purely selfish.

You see, the mail box was located on the side of the street with side walks, and no houses. This is the same case with every mail box on every crescent in this neighbourhood.

This was convenient for people walking, for people driving, home owners, and for mail carriers.

Yet Canada Post and Mattamy seem to think that their urban planners and engineers are correct in assuming something completely different. They seem to think that it is better to move them.

First. It’s was convenient to leave them on the side walk side of the street because: walkers don’t have to leave the safety of the side walk. People cross (jay walk) with strollers, little children, bikes, et c, endangering themselves and their little ones.

It’s better for drivers because they have a clear line of sight on the street (the mail boxes have been moved to the inside curve of the crescents- a blind spot), offering a better view of pedestrians, bicylists, and other vehicles.

It’s better for home owners because they do not have to contend with the noise of cars stopping in front of their homes, in some cases, a mere 15′ from their windows. It’s better because they don’t have to contend with the garbage, and people walking on their lawns.

Finally, it’s better to put them back to the side walk side because mail carriers benefit from all the same benefits as drivers, but also benefit from the safety of drivers being able to see them!

Now why is it better to have them moved from the side walk side to the unsafe side of the road? Well I called Canada Post before they were moved and they only stated that Mattamy had submitted their plan, and they are responsible. I tried contacting Mattamy, and didn’t hear anything from them. I contacted Canada Post again about the safety issues, and despite their claim that they would look into it, I never did hear back from them.

I just can’t figure out why it was decided to put these boxes in an unsafe, un practical, and inconvenient locations. I can’t even figure out who is really responsible for their placement.

I do know that due to the safety issues. I will sue both Mattamy and Canada Post if my family or I come even remotely close to having our safety compromised in even the slightest fashion, and I encourage anyone else to do so as well.

I have expressed my valid and very reasonable concerns with both parties, and I have been dismissed. They had their chance.

Mattamy and Canada Post, fix this before someone gets hurt!

Employment Agencies: Let’s stop feeding recruiters and get real jobs!

Posted in Miscellaneous, Politics, Rants with tags on 04/01/2010 by patrickivan

I remember being on assignment through an employment agency where I was responsible for posting incoming and outgoing payments into the accounting database. One day I saw a cheque to my agency and I was astonished at how much the cheque was made out for. It was exactly half of my pay. Every two weeks, I made about 800 pathetic dollars. Every two weeks, my agency made $400…. There was no one else there from the agency and the note on the cheques stated one thing- my name.

According to the Canadian Action Workers web site, 37% of Ontario workers are temp/ part-time/ contract workers. A whole industry of worker providers is living off of our work. Sure you can say that they’re providing a service to the worker as well, but let’s face the facts. Temp workers typically make poor money, if people stopped going to agencies to look for work, more companies would be forced to hire on their own. Would you make less money that way? Hard to make less than minimum wage!

I’ve been to many agencies, and one of their big selling points to employers is that they provide training to their worker drones. That they aggressively conduct background checks on workers. In the end, they supply employers with quality workers who will meet their needs.

My experience with agency training has included the following: Watching elementary blue-collar condescending WHIMIS, MSDS, and safety videos followed by an open book test. Reading pamphlets and writing open book tests.  A couple of agencies had even told me to tell the employer that I have more experience then I actually have- should they ask…

Though the most extensive background check did involve a credit check, that credit check resulted in the agency declining my candidacy for future work. My credit was fine, and they would not elaborate further. Thank you, Spherion…

That’s it. That’s my training and background checks. Yet employers actually save money by paying agencies gobs of money to hire people for them. Why is that? My only real logical conclusion is that agencies make most of their money off of low paying blue-collar jobs supplying workers to companies with a high turn over.

Let’s use the automotive sector as an example. Their production fluctuates greatly on a daily basis. They need more workers at times and less at other times. They can’t pay their employees to stand around when there is nothing to do, so they hire the bare minimum for what they need, and use temp workers to fill the gap. Any time, and day, there can be a flux of incoming and outgoing workers, barely making minimum wage, so that the company can save, or make, money.

Now I am aware of more established, higher end agencies that supply workers to companies that are using the agency as a test bed. They want a long-term worker but it’s more financially responsible to test that employee out before buying them out and hiring them. I don’t have a problem with that so much. It’s the worker mills and the companies that feed off them that I take issue with.

In the end, I hate employment agencies. They have wasted my time more often than not. They have undervalued my worth and experience. Most importantly, they have made a lot of money off of me, and YOU.

While the new regulations in Ontario seem to offer more rights to workers, they really don’t offer anything to you unless you quite literally become a slave to the agency. You can not refuse work and therefore, if you’re looking for something in your field, but you have to push 1000 lb racks onto trailers for $9.75 per hour, you have to do just that. You don’t have any real rights as an employee unless you are an actual employee.

We’re all just slaves, but try to be a slave to something you like, and it will make your life a lot more palatable. Employment agencies are the biggest slave peddlers around. Do yourself a favour and look for a job yourself. Research your industry of interest, check their web sites for job postings, call their HR and ask questions. Don’t be afraid to get your resume out to those who may not be advertising for employees. You’ll be able to thank yourself in the end.

Petition To Make It Illegal For Potential Employers To Demand Credit Checks

Posted in Miscellaneous, Politics, Rants, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 30/09/2009 by patrickivan

Even though it is a grey legal area in Ontario, more and more companies are demanding that employment applicants allow potential employers access to their credit information.

This information alone, can be a qualifying aspect of an application, solely determining if one will be considered for a job or not, regardless of ones job history and skills.

A person may have a fantastic job history. Terrific references. Great skill sets. No criminal record or activity. In other words, a respectable member of society. Yet if that person had lost a job, and missed a couple of credit card payments, resulting in a reduced credit score, a potential employer will and can use that sole reason for throwing your resume in the bin.

From personal experience, a potential employer who was ready to hire me, asked for one final step to the application process. Everything was going well until they asked to check my credit. And though I have a decent credit rating, my credit is maxed out, and they stated that as a result of this, they were unable to proceed with my application.

The theory behind this is that one who may be in somewhat financial distress, is considered to be a high risk for embezzelment, or in other words, is considered to be a threat of being a theif and stealing from their employer.

This is complete and utter non-sense, and this practise should be made illegal and stopped.

NO ONE person should be tried and found guilty of a crime by a potential employer, and this is exactly what is happing. People loose out on job prospects because of this credit standing alone, and this is WRONG!

I want you to join me. I want 100000 people in this group and I want to send my petition to the Labour Minister of Ontario. This has to stop.

If a group of teenagers can create a facebook group that changes the mind of Ontario’s Transportation Minister (re-last year’s stringent new driver’s licence proposal), then we can bloody well do this!

Comment here, and or, join my facebook group:

Petition To Make It Illegal For Potential Employers To Demand Credit Checks

Update: 29/10/2009

According to the Ontario Human Rights Commission web site:

“The Code prohibits discrimination in employment on the grounds of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, record of offences, marital status, same-sex partnership status, family status and handicap. The Ontario Human Rights Commission (the Commission) considers “employment” to include full-time and part-time work, contract work, temporary work for an agency, and probationary periods. “Employment” may even include volunteer work.”

There is absolutely nothing in the code to even suggest in the least, that it is discriminatory to base the elligibility of an employment candidate based solely on his/her credit standing.

To ensure that I did not misinterpret the code, I called the Ontario Human Rights Legal Support number and was told that it is not discrimination, despite the FACT that a poor credit rating is used by employers to suppose that a candidate is a high risk factor for engaging in some degree of company theft.

The OHRLS person suggested that I call a labour lawyer, though I am uncertain what I am supposed to pay for this with, or what a labour lawyer can do if there is no law in Ontario against credit checks.

And just to make sure I’m covering my net, I contacted the Ontario Ministry of Labour and they said that they have no say in labour hiring practices in Ontario.

So. The government bodies that are set in place to help LAW ABIDING citizens, just bugger us in the end as well as the private sector.