5 takeaways from London’s lengthy Sunshine Listing valued at $ 100,000


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The Sunshine List – officially known as Ontario’s Public Sector Salary Disclosure – shows all public sector employees in the province who earn more than $ 100,000 in a year. In London, thousands of workers at City Hall, local hospitals and clinics, the police station, schools and universities made the cut in 2020. We deal with the numbers.

The ousted head of the London Health Sciences Center, the region’s largest hospital network, took home $ 569,250 last year. He was fired after a sample of trips to the United States was released during the pandemic and has since filed a $ 3.5 million lawsuit. The Dean of Western University’s Ivey Business School earned more than $ 538,000 in 2020. Five more in London, including Western President Alan Shepard, Gillian Kernaghan, chief executive of St. Joseph’s Health Care London, and Chris Mackie, medical health officer, topped $ 400,000 excluding taxable benefits. Mackie received more than $ 100,000 in overtime on top of his base salary for logging 611 additional hours amid COVID-19.

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The Thames Valley District School Board’s growth in the list of teachers and administrators in 2020 increased more than 200 percent year over year. More than 2,800 people received more than $ 100,000 from the largest school board in southwestern Ontario. This attributes the growth to higher base salaries for top-of-grid teachers based on collective agreements that began in September 2019, as well as unused vacation time paid off as many in the rapid transition to online learning and other changes helped during the coronavirus pandemic. The London Borough’s Catholic Schools Board had approximately 340 people on the Sunshine List, up from 245 in 2019. And more than 1,400 Western University employees made six or more numbers last year, a very slight jump from last year.

Around 1,100 health care workers at the London Health Sciences Center created the Sunshine List last year, plus another 308 employees at St. Joseph’s Health Care London. Dozens in the Middlesex-London Health Unit also earned more than $ 100,000.

Nearly 1,200 people, some of whose salaries are paid by city taxpayers, earned more than $ 100,000 last year, about 600 each at the London Police Station and City Hall. Between firefighters, indoor and outdoor workers, town hall managers and other employees paid by the town hall, every fifth town employee receives a six-figure paycheck. City Manager Lynne Livingstone tops the list at $ 250,962, followed by Police Chief Steve Williams at $ 248,697. The list even includes several managers who retired or left the company in 2020, some earlier in the year, including former city manager Martin Hayward, city planner John Fleming, hiring manager Bill Coxhead, and assistant fire chief Jack Burt.

The Sunshine List featured nearly 206,000 provincial officials last year, with an average salary of $ 125,871, slightly less than in 2019. Some say the list, started in 1996 under then Prime Minister Mike Harris, is out of date. If adjusted for inflation, it would show those who paid about $ 155,000 or more today. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) executives took six of the top ten salaries, including the top two. Kenneth Hartwick, the utility’s executive director, took home a salary of $ 1,236,056.84 and taxable benefits.