Ontario “Sunshine List”  is now public

The provincial government has released its annual Sunshine List of high-paying positions for municipalities, hospitals, school districts, and other areas of the public sector.

The provincial annual report lists all public sector employees, both at the provincial and municipal level, who received $100,000 or more in salary or total wages during the year. Among the staff for municipalities, school districts, and public health services agencies serving the Prescott-Russell region, there are more than 1100 names on the list for the year 2019.


The Township of East Hawkesbury is the sole municipality among the eight in Prescott-Russell that has no one on the 2019 Sunshine List.

Among the other seven municipalities the Sunshine List has Roch Hébert, public works director is the sole listing for Alfred-Plantagenet Township, with a salary last year of $105,182.

Both the Municipality of Casselman and Champlain Township have three names on the list. Chief Administrator Paul Knudsen was the highest of the three for Champlain Township at $136,094.96, while Casselman’s highest entry was its general manager, Linda Desjardins-Bergeron, at $141,672.16.

The Nation Municipality and Russell Township each had seven names on the list. The top three for The Nation included Josée Brizard, chief administrator/clerk, at $133,009.52; Marc Legault, public works director, and Cécile Maisonneuve, treasurer, human resources director, and executive director, with each of the two receiving $127,681.36. The top salary for Russell Township was for Jean Leduc, chief administrator, at $155,250.58.

Hawkesbury had eight entries on the 2019 Sunshine List. The top two entries were Daniel Gatien, chief administrator, at $149,987.36, and Michel Poulin, a captain in the Hawkesbury Fire Department, at $147,321.75.

The City of Clarence-Rockland had 11 entries for 2019. The top salary was for Helen Collier, chief administrator, at $153,150.37, followed by Fire Chief Brian Wilson, at $144,364.40. Next highest were for Pierre Boucher, community services director, at $130,421, and Julian Lenhart, infrastructure and planning director, at $130,089.38.


The United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) had 37 entries on the 2019 Sunshine List, compared to seven entries for the United Counties of Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry (UCSDG).

For the UCPR, the top salaries included: Stéphane Parisien, chief administrator, at $224,847.58; Louise Lalonde, Prescott-Russell Residence administrator, $165,985.61; Judith Richer, nursing coordinator, $151,773.75; and Marc Clermont, public works director, $147,039.60. Pierre Gauthier, human resources director, and Louis Prévost, forestry and planning director, each received $144,014.39, while Carole Lavigne, economic development and tourism director, received $143,889.03.

The UCPR list also included Michel Chrétien, emergency services director, at $124,075.75, and Julie Ménard-Brault, finance director, at $138,357.82. Both retired in autumn of 2019.

The three top UCSDG entries on the list were: Timothy Simpson, chief administrator, $178,659.39; Benjamin De Haan, transportation and planning services director, $148,580.36; Michel St-Onge, information technology services director, $130,633.85.


Hawkesbury & District General Hospital (HGH) and Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) are both regional hospitals which serve families in the Prescott-Russell region. The primary area for HGH is the Town of Hawkesbury and surrounding municipalities in Prescott County, though it also serves clients in Russell County.  Based in Winchester, the primary area for WDMH are the counties of Stormont and Dundas, though some of the facility’s patients also come from Russell Township and neighbouring areas. The Sunshine List entries for HGH totalled 87, compared to WDMH’s 22.

The top three salaries for HGH were Marc Leboutillier, chief executive officer, at $217,774.34; Marilyn San Pablo, registered nurse, $206,095.94; Marcel Leclair, finances and corporate service vice-president, $204,265.54. Other high-ranking salaries included: $193,362.93 for Kar Yin Ho, registered nurse; $162,451.64 for Shelley Coleman, clinical director; $161,468.48 for Nancy Webber-Nixon, registered nurse; and $161,130.59 for Imrana Jeoffrey, vice-president of ambulatory care and quality.

At WDMH the top list entries included: Cholly Boland, chief executive officer, $241,500.17; Lynn Hall, senior vice-president clinical services and chief nursing executive, $157,166.12; Michelle Blouin, chief financial officer and senior vice-president for corporation and information management services, $156,797.12; Sean O’Brien, chief information officer, $135,781.06.


The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) had 18 entries on the 2019 Sunshine List.

Topping the list were: Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, chief medical health officer, $338,152.40; Patricia Gauley, EOHU director, $151,655.15; Nicole Laplante, EOHU director, $151,655.09; Frank Spagnolo, EOHU director, $140,416.79; Thérèse Bourgeois, EOHU director, $134,596.36.

School boards

The four school districts that serve the Prescott-Russell region made up the bulk of local related entries for the 2019 Sunshine List at more than 900 names. The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) had more than 360 entries compared to 198 for le Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO) at 198, the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) at 185, and le Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien (CSDCEO) at 166.

The top three entries for the UCDSB were: Stephen Sliwa, education director, $249,769.22; Jeremy Hobbs, human resources and systems operations superintendent, $176,714.40; David Coombs, superintendent of schools, $170,667.12.

Top CEPEO three entries were: Edith Dumont, education director, $220,112.22; Stéphane Vachon, education superintendent, $177,301.35; Ann Mahoney, education superintendent, $169,872.57.

The top three for the CDSBEO are: John Cameron, education director, $216,000; Bonnie G. Norton, associate director, $197,999.90; Natalie Cameron, school effectiveness superintendent, $161,333.37.

Top CSDCEO entries are: François Turpin, education director/secretary, $261,278.88; Martin Lavigne, business superintendent/treasurer, $209,588.87; France D. Lamarche, education superintendent, $186,629.85.

For more details on the annual Sunshine List and the 2019 list of names go to https://www.ontario.ca/page/public-sector-salary-disclosure?_ga=2.66422567.828586443.1584976997-1651181975.1561573561. 

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The message was loud and clear for staff at Hawkesbury & District General Hospital that all their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic is very much appreciated.

Thursday night (April 2) at the hospital must have seemed like it would be the same as any other night for the doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff on shift. Until just at the hour of eight o’clock they saw a stream of police cars, sirens flashing, come rushing into the hospital’s emergency entrance parking lot, followed by several fire trucks from the Hawkesbury Fire Hall just a few blocks away up Spence Street.

Champlain Township will take a more proactive role now to help enforce the provincial pandemic protection regulations.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced stricter measures for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic situation within the province, including some revisions of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act that his government enacted last month.

Un premier centre de dépistage à l’auto de la COVID-19 dans Prescott-Russell ouvrira demain (2 avril) dans les locaux du BSEO à Casselman.

«Je trouve cette approche géniale, elle permet une fluidité dans les tests à la COVID-19. C'est sécuritaire et rapide».


With schools closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, one school district is working on a plan to help homebound students keep up on their studies so they can graduate.

The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) is fast-tracking plans for a home-learning program for its students. The UCDSB has set up survey to get information from parents on what kind of Internet access they have that would allow their children to take advantage of online learning.


Dès l’annonce ce matin (le er avril) qu’Argenteuil s’ajoutait à la liste des régions à accès contrôlé par la Direction de la santé publique, la Sûreté du Québec a procédé à une première opération de contrôle au pont du Long-Sault, à Grenville.

Rappelons que vers 9h30 ce matin (le er avril), le gouvernement du Québec annonçait qu’Argenteuil venait allonger la liste des régions où les entrées et sorties seraient soumises à des contrôles. En début d’après-midi, des agents de la Sûreté du Québec (SQ) ont dressé un imposant barrage policier sur le pont du Long-Sault.

With schools closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, one Eastern Ontario school board has decided to help out local food banks with its school nutrition program supply.

The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB), in cooperation with the Upper Canada Leger Centre for Education and Training (UCLCET), will donate the supplies from its school nutrition programs to food banks within its operations area to help families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.


L’Association des enseignants et enseignantes franco ontariens (AEFO) a scellé hier (le 31 mars) une entente de principe avec le gouvernement pour mettre fin à la grève.

L’AEFO a conclu cette entente après 34 jours de négociations avec le gouvernement ainsi qu’avec le conseil des associations d’employeurs (CAE), composé de l’Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l’Ontario ACÉPO) et de l’Association franco-ontarienne des conseils scolaires catholiques (AFOCSC), pour le renouvèlement des conventions collectives des enseignants, échues depuis le 31 aout 2019


Le gouvernement du Québec a ajouté ce matin Argenteuil à l’index des régions cloisonnées. À partir de midi, les entrées et sorties de la MRC seront contrôlées.  

Dans un communiqué émis plus tôt ce matin, le ministère de la Santé publique du Québec a indiqué que dès aujourd’hui (le 1er avril), à midi, des points de contrôle additionnels seront déployés aux abords et à l’intérieur de quatre nouvelles régions.

More cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the Prescott-Russell area since the end of March.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) issued a statement March 28 confirming five more cases of COVID-19, which brought the total for the Eastern Ontario region to nine at the time. Since then one more case has been confirmed, bringing the total to 10. All cases so far involve people from the Prescott-Russell area but residents elsewhere in the region should continue to practice pandemic precautions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading.

Les précipitations de 25mm à 30mm, prévues entre cette soirée du dimanche 29 mars et le lundi 30 mars pourraient entrainer des inondations dans les zones basses avisent Conservaation de la Nation-Sud (CNS).

« Il est conseillé aux résidents de faire preuve de prudence à proximité des rivières car les prévisions météorologiques peuvent faire augmenter rapidement le débit des rivières et rendre les berges glissantes», a déclaré la CNS., par voie de communiqué.

L'organisme Banques alimentaires Canda lance un appel pour soutenir les organismes du pays qui souffrent d’une baisse conséquente de dons et des denrées alimentaires.

L’organisme de bienfaisance nationale lance un appel urgent pour aider les banques alimentaires dans le pays qui ont un besoin criant de soutien dans cette période de crise dû à la COVID-19.

Public awareness about the need to pay attention and follow pandemic prevention rules is one of the main reasons behind the state of emergency declaration for the Eastern Ontario region.

“Some folks are still not getting it,” said Stéphane Parisien, chief administrator for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR), during a telephone interview today (March 27).


The chief medical health officer for Eastern Ontario welcomes the enactment of the Quarantine Act as part of federal action to contain the COVID-19 pandemic but would like more information on how the plan will work.

“We’re waiting for more details,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, chief medical health officer for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), during his March 25 daily media teleconference.

East Hawkesbury Township Mayor Robert Kirby has declared an official state of emergency to “better manage” the COVID-19 pandemic for his municipality.

“I hope everyone is trying to follow the (pandemic) guidelines that exist because this is a serious situation,” Mayor Kirby said during a phone interview today (March 27).

Les Comtés unis de Prescott et Russell (CUPR) ont décrété, conjointement avec les Comtés unis de Stormont, Dundas et Glengarry (CUSDG) et la Ville de Cornwall, l’état d’urgence dans la région pour limiter la propagation de la COVID-19.

La déclaration d’urgence a été annoncée, lors d’une téléconférence, en présence de Pierre Leroux, président des CUPR et maire de Russell, Frank Prevost, président des CUSDG, Bernadette Clement, la mairesse de Cornwall, ainsi que le Dr Paul Roumeliotis, médecin hygiéniste du Bureau de santé de l’est de l’Ontario (BSEO).

Crise de COVID-19 ou non les banques alimentaires de Prescott-Russell continuent leur travail, mais ils s’attendent à une augmentation de la demande dans les semaines à venir.

« Nos étagères se vident doucement, mais on s’attend à une augmentation des appels dès  la semaine prochaine suite aux mises à pied dans les différents secteurs économiques de la région». C’est ainsi que le président de la banque alimentaire Bons Voisins d’Embrun Jean François Gignac résume la situation actuelle.


Chambers of commerce in Prescott-Russell support mandatory closure of non-essential businesses to as part of Ontario’s COVID-19 attack plan.

“It’s a hard blow, but a necessary one,” said Marc Lecompte, president of the Hawkesbury Chamber of Commerce, during a phone interview March 23.


Le gouvernement ontarien a lancé vendredi dernier une plateforme d’apprentissage numérique, encourageante pour les uns, mais aussi problématique pour certains parents et enseignants.

Afin de soutenir les familles et les élèves de la province, notre gouvernement a mis en place un portail centralisé pour l’apprentissage à domicile ». C’est ainsi que le premier ministre de l’Ontario Doug Ford a annoncé le vendredi dernier le lancement d’un portail en ligne pour accompagner les élèves dans l’apprentissage, pendant cette période de confinement obligatoire due à la COVID-19.


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Le gouvernement fédéral a mis sur pied des mesures économiques visant à soulager les citoyens, travailleurs d’abord, qui devront essuyer d’importantes pertes de revenus dans les semaines – ou même mois – à venir.  


Ontario is following Québec’s lead in the COVID-19 pandemic fight and ordering all non-essential businesses to shut down.

"This was a tough decision, but the right decision, as this is no time for half measures," stated Premier Doug Ford during an early-afternoon news conference Monday from Toronto. "But I have said from day one we will, and we must, take all steps necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of every Ontarian must come first.”

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COVID-19 concerns have cancelled the annual Spring Hazardous Household Wastes Collection Day event in Hawkesbury.

The joint program serves the Town of Hawkesbury, Champlain Township, and East Hawkesbury Township, with collection dates scheduled for the spring and autumn. Homeowners are able to bring in their cans of old paint, solvents, used motor oil, aerosol cans, old household batteries, and other items classed as household hazardous waste to a designated drop-off site for collection and eventual safe disposal.


The provincial government has created special penalties for anyone caught defying emergency health restrictions aimed at dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario.

The OPP and other law-enforcement agencies now have three new charges for dealing with individuals, businesses, or other groups who defy the provincial health emergency restrictions in place to reduce the threat of COVID-19 spreading in Ontario.

Un troisième cas positif de COVID-19 vient d’être déclaré dans la région, un cas  qui soulève la question d’une éventuelle contamination communautaire

Le Bureau de santé de l’est de l’Ontario a déclaré cette soirée un troisième cas positif de COVID-19 dans la région. C’est le Dr Paul Roumeliotis médecin hygiéniste du BSEO qui vient de confirmer qu’il s’agit d’une personne dans la trentaine qui vit dans Prescott-Russell, elle n’a aucun antécédent de voyage.


Criminals are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic panic to peddle a new line of frauds and cons.

The OPP and other law-enforcement agencies warn that COVID-19 frauds are now appearing through emails, by phone, and sometimes even with a stranger calling at a home to offer “help” safeguarding residents against infection by COVID-19 or with protecting their property and finances in case of future difficulties.

A local agency is trying to determine how much effect closing the Canada-U.S. border will have on Prescott-Russell’s tourism industry.

“Like everything else, it’s hard to say what will be the real impact,” said Audrey Lizotte, chair of Tourisme Prescott-Russell Tourism (TPRT).


La COVID-19 devient une réalité bien triste qui pousse les administrations, les restaurants, les commerces et les centres de loisirs à fermer les uns après les autres. Cette pandémie mondiale, qui frappe de plein fouet l’Ontario, a poussé certaines institutions bancaires à fermer leurs centres d’affaires dans Prescott-Russell pour prévenir une propagation du fameux virus.

Après une recommandation des services de santé de l’Ontario les six grandes banques canadiennes — la Banque de Montréal, la Banque CIBC, la Banque Nationale du Canada, la Banque Royale, la Banque Scotia et la Banque TD — qui font partie de l’association des banquiers canadiens ont décidé conjointement de réduire le nombre de leur succursale ouverte dans l’Ontario et aussi dans la région de Prescott-Russell, et ce depuis cette semaine. Les six banques ont expliqué dans des communiqués de presse que cette décision est une des solutions visant à préserver la santé et le bienêtre des employés, des clients et des collectivités.

«Les cinq centres de dépistage sont prêts, mais ils ne seront ouverts qu’en cas de besoin», a annoncé le Dr Paul Roumeliotis, médecin hygiéniste du BSEO, lors d’une téléconférence aujourd’hui.

On en sait maintenant un peu plus sur les futurs centres de dépistages que le bureau de santé de l’est de l’Ontario veut mettre en place dans la région. Dr Roumeliotis a annoncé que les cinq centres ouvriront au besoin à Hawkesbury, Casselman Alexandria, Cornwall et Winchester.

Alfred-Plantagenet Township homeowners will get a break on their property tax deadlines thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Township council decided to extend the deadline to May 31 as part of its municipal contingency plan review on local impact of the pandemic.