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City Sunshine List continues to grow

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

The list of Oshawa’s highest paid public sector employees was released recently and once again more names have found their way onto the list.

According to the 2017 Public Sector Salary List, known colloquially as the Sunshine List, which lists all Ontario public sector employees who make more than $100,000 in a calendar year, the City of Oshawa had 225 employees on the list, an increase from 204 in 2016.

Of those 225 on the list, 144 of them are International Association of Fire Fighter employees, 57 are in management positions, 22 non-management, and two CUPE 251 (Inside Workers) employees. While the 2017 numbers mark an increase of 21 employees over 2016, it is actually a decrease from 2015, which saw 229 city employees on the list.

Leading the pack of Oshawa’s Sunshine listers is the city’s top bureaucrat, city manager Jag Sharma, who earned $263,381 in 2017, along with $1,099 in taxable benefits.

Sharma is followed by the trio of city commissioners including former commissioner of Corporate Services Bev Hendry, and Paul Ralph, the commissioner of development services, both of whom eared $218,292 last year, and Ron Diskey, commissioner of community services, who earned $201,328.

In terms of Ontario, the title of  highest paid employee in the province was taken by Jeff Lyash, the head of Ontario Power Generation who took home a whopping $1,554,456 in 2017. Following Lyash is Daren Smith, the president and chief investment officer for the University of Toronto who earned $936,089.

The Public Sector Disclosure Act applies to all government organizations, municipalities, hospitals, boards of public health, school boards, universities, colleges, and Hydro One.