Dilkens Off-Course On Transit

By Tim Stewart

(WINDSOR, ON) – In a recent article in the local paper, mayor Dilkens warns residents once again of an impending tax increase. In the article, we are subjected to more of the same careless political rhetoric that has been fed to us for the past decade.

In the last paragraph Dilkens lays it on.

‘I had an employer in my office two weeks ago,’ Dilkens said about a company that pays $14 an hour to start. He said they would hire another 1,100 people. But they can’t get them all from the city of Windsor, so they would have to go to the county. The problem is there’s no way to get them into Windsor.

Seriously?

In a municipality with a nearly ten per cent unemployment rate one might think that our mayor would provide details of 1,100 new jobs being available.

Rather than use the information as a talking point for regional transit, give the unemployed of this city the information needed to pursue these 1,100 employment opportunities. Alternatively, explain to us what exactly is being done to make sure we don’t lose these jobs to another community.

Did the conversation just end there? What immediate steps have been taken to retain these jobs?

The lack of information for such an important issue, in a region with the second highest unemployment rate in the country, is appalling and absolutely unacceptable.

Yes, we need to explore regional transit. In fact, we need to make regional transit happen; and, happen sooner than later. Every leader in this community needs to dispense with the trivial politics and do the right thing for their constituents.

That said, in the meantime, we need to make sure that 1,100 job opportunities, paying $14 per hour, are not just used for political fodder in the regional transit conversation.

It’s difficult to believe that in an area with nearly 20,000 unemployed individuals we cannot find 1,100 qualified people to fill these jobs.

Who is the employer? What is the nature of the work? Where does one apply for the work?

If skilled people are unavailable, are training programs being developed?

Mr Dilkens, since your election in October, you have told us often enough to expect a tax increase next year. Okay we get it.

Now quit worrying about your political future and tell us where we can apply for these 1,100 jobs.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata

1 Comment on "Dilkens Off-Course On Transit"

  1. Tim I agree with you 100%,our ineffective mayor Drew Dilkens is only thinking of himself and not in the best interest of or city. Dilkens failed as chairman of the Windsor Development Committee, as well as failing as a city councillor. Yet he was elected by our taxpayers to be our mayor because of a poor turnout at election time.
    If there truly is 1,100 jobs at stake and Dilkens is not pursuing this opportunity it shows the taxpayers that voted him in office that they have made a huge mistake.

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