Re: Sunshine List: Local health unit manager earns huge hike in 2021 pay, by Doug Schmidt, April 8
I want to congratulate Star journalist Doug Schmidt for his recent story.
For readers who did not have a chance to take this in, Schmidt noted that Ramsey D’Souza, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s manager of epidemiology and evaluation, received a pay hike of 88 per cent in one year. That is not a misprint. D’Souza’s salary ballooned from $129,634 to $243,107 in one year.
I find this disgraceful, but not entirely because of the enormous increase.
What baffles me, and kudos to Schmidt for pointing this out, is the local health unit could not offer an explanation to why the huge increase was warranted. Did D’Souza take on more responsibilities? Did he do 88 per cent more work? Sadly, the local health unit has pulled a curtain over this and we may never know.
What we do know, however, is the individual doing the same job in Toronto received $129,840 and in Hamilton, $123,172. Do a quick Google search of the average salary for this position in Canada and it comes up to $87,825.
I really have no qualms with D’Souza getting this big boost in pay, but answers need to be provided by his employers, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.
All health units are funded by local taxpayers and Ontario Ministry of Health. Did the local health unit contact the province and request more money for D’Souza’s salary? Or did they simply take the $113,473 increase from somewhere else in their budget and adding it to the costs paid by taxpayers.
I believe the local health unit owes the taxpayers of Windsor-Essex more than the explanation the health unit does not comment on the salary of individual employees.
Fred Groves, Essex
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