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New Ontario Government 2018

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There's a major point people are missing about Ford's response. Not only did he do a great job, but he was responsible for sheparding approx 40% of Canada's population through this. 35 million total pop/ 15 million from Ontario. That, right there is a major feat he can be proud of. He sailed through where provinces, with almost negligible populations in comparison, floundered and failed about like fish in a forest. He struck a pretty good balance between gut and science. Let's also not forget that a lot of the stuff the Premieres mandated were following what the Fed was ordering them to do.Want to blame someone? Blame Tam and Hadju, whose marching orders come from Trudeau. Probably the last three people in the world anyone should take pandemic advice from. Ford was one of the very few that stood in front of the cameras and said "The buck stops with me. If you want to blame someone, blame me." Seek out and accept responsibility.😉
Sorry, I’m not tracking the connection to the near total halt to enforcement of skilled trade licensing since 2018.
 

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I was intimately involved with this. Prior, the responsibility for this was part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Licenses and training were investigated by the Min of Labour OHS Inspectors during routine inspections or complaints. Wynne wanted to expand the PS so they developed a plan to hire hundreds of people whose job it was to walk in and check the license and training records and leave. They looked at nothing else. Great, high paying, full benefit jobs with minimum energy expenditure while removing an investigation tool from the Labour Inspectors. The whole thing was a gift to the Wynne/ Horvath alliance, union base. Ontario taxpayers were already paying for this service, done by OHS Inspectors. It typically took less than 10 minutes to check that aspect during an inspection. MOL did not ask to lose this tool. It was taken from us to hire a more OPSEU employees. Simply return the responsibility to the MOL. Hundreds of vehicles, every 4-5 years, real estate, resources, not to mention the approx $70,000/yr wage, per inspector. It is as simple as saying to MOL, "You guys got this back." Those five words could save Ontario taxpayers millions.
 

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Sorry, I’m not tracking the connection to the near total halt to enforcement of skilled trade licensing since 2018.
On this page alone, there are posts about both the job Ford is doing during the pandemic and a separate subject of Colleges and Trades(#357). I simply answered both points.
 

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On this page alone, there are posts about both the job Ford is doing during the pandemic and a separate subject of Colleges and Trades(#357). I simply answered both points.

Gotcha. I replied before your second post.

I was intimately involved with this. Prior, the responsibility for this was part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Licenses and training were investigated by the Min of Labour OHS Inspectors during routine inspections or complaints. Wynne wanted to expand the PS so they developed a plan to hire hundreds of people whose job it was to walk in and check the license and training records and leave. They looked at nothing else. Great, high paying, full benefit jobs with minimum energy expenditure while removing an investigation tool from the Labour Inspectors. The whole thing was a gift to the Wynne/ Horvath alliance, union base. Ontario taxpayers were already paying for this service, done by OHS Inspectors. It typically took less than 10 minutes to check that aspect during an inspection. MOL did not ask to lose this tool. It was taken from us to hire a more OPSEU employees. Simply return the responsibility to the MOL. Hundreds of vehicles, every 4-5 years, real estate, resources, not to mention the approx $70,000/yr wage, per inspector. It is as simple as saying to MOL, "You guys got this back." Those five words could save Ontario taxpayers millions.

Thanks for this. That's a pretty reasonable explanation for part of it. Was that power ever returned to the MoL and funding reallocated to continue with inspections? Given that they were finding more than 4000 people working unticketed in trades a year, that would suggest a serious enforcement gap if Ford slashed what was put in place without at the same time shifting that responsibility back to someone and properly resourcing it. Am I missing something here or was nothing put back in place to achieve the same objective?
 

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I'm retired, so I haven't been involved for awhile. You, as well as anyone, knows about chronic offenders. You also have a chronic problem of people working under the table. 4,000/yr in a province with our population is not that much IMHO. When you look at the amount of nail shops around, I'll bet you could almost get that amount on those alone. The job was previously done by MOL so it should only cost a couple of days refresher training, for MOL to resume the job. It was a small, part of our overall job. A tiny box check on items to inspect. The Wynne government turned it into a specialty requiring specialists to do it. When it was all coming down a bunch of us questioned the wisdom. Our union steward warned us all to be quiet and not fight it. Of course management was all behind it at the time also.
 

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I'm retired, so I haven't been involved for awhile. You, as well as anyone, knows about chronic offenders. You also have a chronic problem of people working under the table. 4,000/yr in a province with our population is not that much IMHO. When you look at the amount of nail shops around, I'll bet you could almost get that amount on those alone. The job was previously done by MOL so it should only cost a couple of days refresher training, for MOL to resume the job. It was a small, part of our overall job. A tiny box check on items to inspect. The Wynne government turned it into a specialty requiring specialists to do it. When it was all coming down a bunch of us questioned the wisdom. Our union steward warned us all to be quiet and not fight it. Of course management was all behind it at the time also.
Right, makes sense.

I could really give a rat's ass about a nail salon... Lot more concerned about stuff like the guy working on my brakes or my furnace. I would have hoped this would have been prioritized towards 'high consequence' breaches where there's a real public risk to unlicensed work?
 

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Right, makes sense.

I could really give a rat's ass about a nail salon... Lot more concerned about stuff like the guy working on my brakes or my furnace. I would have hoped this would have been prioritized towards 'high consequence' breaches where there's a real public risk to unlicensed work?
But its hard to catch those mechanics and furnace guys. Nail salons are much easier. Just my opinion and that`s not worth a hill of beans ;)
 

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Right, makes sense.

I could really give a rat's ass about a nail salon... Lot more concerned about stuff like the guy working on my brakes or my furnace. I would have hoped this would have been prioritized towards 'high consequence' breaches where there's a real public risk to unlicensed work?
Everyone is equal under the law, right?😉😆
 

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But its hard to catch those mechanics and furnace guys. Nail salons are much easier. Just my opinion and that`s not worth a hill of beans ;)
Backyard mechanics for sure. Ones working in a shop, not so much. I checked one place, where the supervising mechanic had his shingle in about 8 different garages. Supervisor is supposed to be on site to check the work of the non licenced. Hard to be in 8 places at once, checking on kids who are just parts changers. Gotta step away and get some shit done. Cheers.
 

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Part of what protects consumers is reputation. A sterling reputation is needed in highly-competitive endeavours. A licensing scandal would be death to reputation. (If you want a rough measure for highly-competitive, pick up a hardcopy yellow pages directory if you can find one and see who is buying double- and full-page ads, or space on the front/back covers and spine.)

A bit similar to the old emissions inspections scheme in BC. Purpose-built installations, staffed by well-compensated people doing only one (not particularly complex or demanding) thing all day long. Based on fee, hourly rate was more than what I paid at shops with highly-qualified and versatile automotive mechanics. I suspect "private enterprise" could have filled the gap, maybe with some initial loans/subsidies to businesses willing to devote or add a test bay.
 

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Successive Ontario governments love writing regulations; they're not big on enforcing them.
 

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Here is the lest sensationalist version directly from the report.

Financial Accountability Office of Ontario | Publication

Actual Spending vs. Planned Spending​

  • The Province spent $119.9 billion over the first three quarters of the 2021-22 fiscal year, which was $5.5 billion (4.4 per cent) less than planned.
    • Most sectors spent less than planned, led by ‘other programs’ ($2,285 million), health ($1,293 million), children’s and social services ($1,206 million), interest on debt ($438 million), postsecondary education ($391 million) and education ($212 million). Only the justice sector spent more than planned over the first three quarters of 2021-22, at $305 million.
    • Key programs with lower-than-expected spending as of December 31, 2021 include the following:
      • In the health sector, the Province spent $999 million (39 per cent) of the $2.5 billion revised budget for the COVID-19 Response program. There was also lower-than-expected spending on payments to physicians, provincial drug programs and hospital capital projects.
      • In the education sector, the Province spent $733 million (43 per cent) of the $1.7 billion budget for the School Board Capital Grants program and $252 million (38 per cent) of the $661 million budget for the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
      • In the children’s and social services sector, the Province spent $334 million (56 per cent) of the $600 million budget for the Autism program and $1.6 billion (62 per cent) of the $2.7 billion budget for the Ontario Works – Financial Assistance program.
      • In the ‘other programs’ sector, the Province spent $28 million (four per cent) of the $630 million revised budget for municipal transit projects and $204 million (16 per cent) of the Ministry of Infrastructure’s entire $1.2 billion revised budget.
    • Spending information for all of the Province’s programs by ministry is available on the FAO’s website at: https://tinyurl.com/y8vy3jf9.
4.4% under the budget in the middle of a pandemic, with rotating lockdowns... Seems rather reasonable to me.
 

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None of that money is the government's. It belongs to taxpayers. They are the source of that cash.
Any party or politician that only spends what they need to and doesn't blow the rest because they can, or pass it under the table to influence unions, has got my vote.
 
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