As I said in my previous column, the nature of calls for service has changed dramatically and we need to reform our emergency response to meet these new needs. Medicine Hat has been rich enough in the past to use money to mask these problems, but that`s no longer the case. to provide members of the police leadership with the highest quality and to build on this objective through open communication, open-mindedness and new ideas; The Vancouver Police Union made another interesting argument in its 2016 arbitration. In 2016, Vancouver was a leader in the country`s economic growth. “As a result,” the union argued, “vancouver police officers` salaries should be higher than those in the two western provinces, Toronto and Ontario in general.” The Calgary Police Union has a new president who has pledged to put aside the “ego” to restore the relationships that have deteriorated in recent years. But this justification ignores another reality of governments – we can pay more and more. The City of Medicine Hat can pay any salary we set, because we can still levy taxes to cover salary increases. We can continue to raise police salaries and taxes until the city is no longer competitive and dies slowly. The negotiation process does not seem to take into account the fact that different municipalities have different payment capacities.
Medicine Hat and Vancouver, Camrose and Toronto are not equal….