Labour relations
Written by Laura King
For years, municipalities have complained about the high cost of firefighter salaries and benefits and the arbitration process that awards them.
Written by Jay Shaw and Laura King
Labour relations in Canada’s fire departments are iffy at best.
Written by Laura King
It’s not exactly Freedom 55, but it’s close. Proposed mandatory retirement for suppression firefighters in Ontario is also vexing and frustrating for fire-service leaders who are struggling to understand its implications.
Written by Timothy Wilkin
Editor’s note: Lawyer Timothy Wilkin of Cunningham Swan Carty Little & Bonham in Kingston, Ont., prepared a review for the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs of reported Canadian court cases in the last 15 years that dealt with negligence by municipalities and their fire departments. We looked at several cases in the February and March issues of Fire Fighting in Canada. The final instalment is below.
Written by James Careless
In March, Alex Forrest was acclaimed to his seventh term as president of the United Firefighters of Winnipeg. The union represents the city’s 1,500 firefighters, firefighter paramedics, fire prevention officers, training academy instructors and senior operations officers.
Written by Laura King
Like similar-sized communities across Canada, the picturesque town of Caledon, Ont., has a composite fire department and many of its 65,000 residents know each other and the fire chief.
Written by Timothy Wilkin
The plaintiff was a tenant in a rooming house that was destroyed by fire on April 11, 1991.  The plaintiff was injured in the fire and commenced an action seeking damages against various defendants, including the fire department, for failing to properly carry out its obligations under its fire prevention bylaw.
Written by Timothy Wilkin
There is a surprising lack of reported court cases in Canada dealing with the issue of negligence by municipalities and their fire departments. This dearth means either that fire departments are rarely accused of negligence or that most of the claims against them settle before trial.
Written by Jay Shaw
Relationships are funny things. Psychologists, sociologists and academics have studied relationships and the problems that certain types of relationships create. The management/union relationship is one that has been extensively examined.
Written by Kory Pearn
As any potential recruit knows, fire departments constantly upgrade their hiring programs to develop more thorough ways to screen applicants,
Written by W. Spence Sample
An Albertan in northern Ontario
Written by KAREN BEST
The two-hatter issue, simmering on the back burner for close to a year now, is back.

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