Hey—I tried to get my question answered in the Town Called Podunk blog section, but no one answered. However, obviously there are very strong opinions surrounding this issue, judging by the fact that almost every Letter to the Editor in the opinion section of the Daily News has been addressing this issue.
So–to try and get the ball rolling, I’ll start by going through the Daily News article to clear up some misconceptions.
[quote=“Daily News”]The City of Prince Rupert introduced a new City Employee Wellness Program policy at Monday night’s council meeting, meaning all full-time city employees will get to use its recreation facilities for free.
They join an elite group alongside RCMP members and firefighters, who now have free access to all the recreational facilities, including the Russell Gamble Gymnasium and the Earl Mah Aqauatic Centre.[/quote]
Elite group? I argue that “elite group” must be a term used for any and all unionized employees who enjoy some sort of perk.
The move was about making city staff healthier, and would add benefits such as reduced WCB claims due to health, and also enable the city to attract and keep employees, said Michael Curnes, director of recreation and community services.
“It is making a difference,” he said.
â€œWe still need a lot of adult mentors.â€[/quote]