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‘A massive insult to front-line heroes’

CTV News is reporting on OPSEU/SEFPO’s calls for the province to step in after it was revealed that the Grey Bruce public health CEO and Medical Officer of Health made a whopping $630,000 in 2020.

“Ian Arra may be working hard during the pandemic, but this is a massive insult to all the front-line heroes working just as hard to get people through this pandemic,” said OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas in the CTV web article. “Tens of thousands of front-line workers around the province are being asked to make do with wage hikes that don’t even match the inflation rate, while Arra is getting this obscene raise.”

The CTV web article pointed out that Arra made $400,000 more than Premier Doug Ford, and more than every other Medical Officer of Health in the province.

“It’s hard to believe Dr. (Ian) Arra can even look people in the eye while taking this much money out of the system,” said OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida in the CTV web article. “If I were him, I’d immediately donate a big chunk of that salary back into all the local long-term care homes and hospitals struggling to fill vacancies.”