IBEW Local 586
1178 Rainbow Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1J 6X7
Tel: (613)-741-5664
Fax: (613)-741-4789



What we're all about as a union...Fairness, Equality, Pride."

Bert Olmstead, Journeyman,
Local 586, Ottawa

It's a win-win situation."

Bob Sanscartier. Contractor,
Bolton Electric, Ottawa

Everybody's treated the same, everybody's treated equal."

Kurt Metz, Dispatcher
Local 586, Ottawa

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I.B.E.W. Retired Member's Club 586 Newsletter - February 2016

As we wind down for this year we can reflect on the various activities and events conducted by the retirees club. Once again, a very active club with participation at a very high level.  Everyone enjoyed the well planned events      and trips out of town. Many thanks to the officers for making this club so successful.
Our next and final official meeting of the year will be held on Monday, November 16th at 10 a.m. at the union hall.  Meetings in December, January and February will again be Fun and Game Days. As is customary, we will have our Christmas Luncheon after the November meeting at the “All You Can Eat Buffet” at the Eclipse Asian Cuisine at 1930 Innes Road. (Directions):  Depart the hall and proceed west on Montreal Road, then left onto Ogilvie Road.  At Shopper’s City East, turn left onto Blair Road and continue until you reach Innes Road and proceed right into Mark’s Store parking lot where you will see the Eclipse restaurant.  This event is for members only.  Enjoy your Christmas luncheon.
The retirees Christmas Dinner and Dance will be held at the union hall on Friday, November 27th from 5 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m.  Music by Mike Bruyere and many prizes to be given away.  Tickets are going fast at only $ 25 for members, guests and family.  Truly a bargain for all this.
The recent trip to Morrisburg, ON to attend the Lucien Comedy Show at the Upper Canada Playhouse Theatre  was very entertaining and enjoyable.  Then on to the MacIntosh Restaurant for dinner and followed by the tour of Upper Canada Village to view the fabulous Pumpkin-inferno Light Show where over 6000 lighted pumpkins were on display.  This was certainly a work of art.
At the October retirees meeting we honoured over 25 members with 50, 55, 60 and 65 years of dedicated service and equating to over 1350 years of contributions to the I.B.E.W.  Many members could not attend due to health reasons and travel restrictions.  We salute and honour the following members for their service.  Guest speaker and presenter was retired BM-FS Thomas K. Moffatt.
65 years:  Gilles Bordeleau
60 years;  Donald Coughlan – Claude Desrochers - Richard Bruce Emmerson –
Ronald Gunville – Joseph M. Lavergne
55 years:  Joseph Dudek
50 years:  George Edwardson – Rolland Larocque – Francis R. Legault – Rene Marcotte –
Terrance Mc Laughlin – Hans Oehling – Leandre Parenteau – Jacques Parisien -
Gary Schmid – William Sullivan – Harry Teevens
It is with sadness to report on former long time and active member Henry “Hank” Theelen passed away on October 25th in a seniors home in Dryden, Ontario.  Our sympathies go out to his family and friends.
This is the time of the year where we must not forget our shut-in members unable to get out or are in hospitals or seniors homes.  Some of the officers in the past have taken upon themselves to make these visits, especially around Christmas time to let them know they are not forgotten.  Please consider volunteering.  These veterans of the IBEW will truly appreciate meeting up and speaking with other retirees.
We send “Happy Birthday”Wishes to the Following Retirees Who Will Celebrate another Year:
Dec. 03.  Louis Knaap          (67)      Dec. 04.  Robert Richardson       (66)     Dec. 05.  Ronald McMillan    (74)
Dec. 07.  Marcel Sabourin   (69)      Dec. 08.  Francis Sculland           (82)     Dec. 09.  Wayne Leedham     (75)
Dec. 12.  Rolland Larocque (72)      Dec. 13. Ted Bouwmeester          (83)     Dec. 13.  James Burnett         (74)
Dec. 14.  Andre Kingsley     (70)      Dec. 14.  Jean Prudhomme          (66)    Dec. 14.  Robert Savary         (66)
Dec. 16.  Brian Lee               (64)      Dec. 17.  James Brookes              (68)     Dec. 17.  Steve Cody              (71)
Dec. 17.  Hubert Vincent     (77)      Dec. 18.  Horst Matthiesen          (76)     Dec. 19.  Michael Deriger      (71)
Dec. 19.  Roland Matthews (66)       Dec. 22.  Thomas McGreevy       (75)     Dec. 24.  Richard Rayner      (68)
Dec. 25.  Michel Drouin      (64)       Dec. 26.   Stephen Lacroix           (69)     Dec. 27.  Frank Bryson          (77)
Dec. 27.  Robert Cochrane (65)       Dec. 27.   Romeo Cyr                    (74)     Dec. 29.  Henri Langevin       (69)
Dec. 31.   Michel Levesque           (66)
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Interesting Facts:
- To have your picture taken by the very first camera, you would have had to sit still for eight hours.
- Michael Jackson’s white glove was actually just a modified golf glove.
- Bats legs are so weak, they may break if they try to walk.
-There are more stars in the sky than grains of sand on the earth.  (Anyone care to challenge this statement)?
-Most bank robberies occur on Tuesdays.
-If one or more of your adult teeth is ever knocked out, put it in coconut water until the dentist can reattach it.
-The lighter was invented before the match.
-2015 marked the 31st anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
-Albert Einstein’s brain was 15% wider than the average brain.
-More people are killed by sand castle collapses than killed by sharks.
-The Egyptian Pyramid workers were paid with beer…..One gallon per day.
-Florida gets struck by lightning more than any other state.
-One glass of champagne has about one million bubbles.
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Pregnancy Help-Line Questions
Q. Should I have a baby after 35 ?
A. No, 35 children is enough.
Q. I’m two months pregnant now.  When will my baby move ?
A. With any luck, right after he finishes college.
Q. What is the most common pregnancy craving by women ?
A. For men to be the ones to get pregnant.
Q. How will I know if my vomiting is morning sickness or the flu ?
A. If it’s the flu, you’ll get better.
Q. How long is the average woman in Labour ?
A. Whatever she says divided by two.
Q. Is there any reason I have to be in the delivery room while my wife is in labour ?
A. Not unless the word “alimony” means anything to you.
Q. What does it mean when a baby is born with teeth ?
A. It means that the baby’s mother may want to rethink her plans to nurse.
Q. Does pregnancy cause hemorrhoids ?
A. Pregnancy causes anything you want to blame it for.


As the next regular Fun/Games day will fall on a holiday, mainly Family Day, we will have it on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the union hall.  Again a light lunch will be provided after the competitions and winning events.  A lot of fun and great prizes to be awarded.  Plan to attend.

In preparation for another active year for our retirees, we are open for suggestions from our members .  Over the years, we have done many trips from one day excursions to five and seven day trips and a sixteen day trip to Alaska and a cruise back to Vancouver to have our retirees and their spouses attend the 28th IBEW Con-vention.  We have also taken in many entertaining shows, have done cruises on the St. Lawrence River; the Rideau River and the Ottawa River.  We have gone to Montreal and other Quebec locations; done the wonder-ful Oktoberfest Celebrations as guests of the Kitchener Retirees Club with side tours to Niagara Falls, and have been guests of the Toronto Retirees Christmas Dinners and Dance.  Wonderful memories and enjoyment by our members from all these events.

Our next event will be our annual bus trip to the Sugar Bush at L’Ange Gardien, Quebec on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016.  Cost is $ 10:00 for members and $ 15:00 for family and guests.  These costs include the bus and the dinner at the Sugar Bush.  Book early.  We currently have also booked a bus for Sunday, June 12th and have purchased 54 tickets for the Cirque du Soleil Lucia Show in Montreal at $ 57.00 each.  Full cost of this trip has yet to be determined.  And of course, our annual Picnic/BBQ will be held in July at Britannia Park. The theme for dress-up has not yet been determined.  We also have the annual Labour Day Parade sponsored by the Ottawa and District labour Council in which we have won the best entry a number of times.  Our retirees fully participate in decorating and filling the floats.

In the March issue of the Electrical Worker the retirees have an article and photo of the 25 members  pres-ented their 50, 55 60 and 65 year pins and certificates.  These long service members need to be recognized for their dedication to our local union.  Also the IBEW First District (Canada) Toronto Office are including some details of our newsletter and activities into their website. You can access this website at www.ibewcanada.ca

We send “Happy Birthday”Wishes to the Following Retirees Who Will Celebrate another Birthday in March:

  • Mar. 02.  Wayne Earl (70)
  • Mar. 02.  Edward Darragh (73)
  • Mar. 03.  Marcel Lavergne (84)
  • Mar. 03.  Andre Vezina (74)
  • Mar. 19.  Lars Bretzlaff (69)
  • Mar. 05.  Daniel Moher (70)
  • Mar. 05.  Tony Timpson (63)
  • Mar. 07.  Dave Stevenson (80)
  • Mar. 08.  Rheal Gervais (82)
  • Mar. 08.  George Michie (64)
  • Mar. 09.  Gilles Bordeleau (87)
  • Mar. 11.  Al Cullen (68)
  • Mar. 18.  Pasquale Stefanelli (77)
  • Mar. 19.  Lars Bretzlaff (69)
  • Mar. 19.  Glen Argue (77)
  • Mar. 20.  James Dick (67)
  • Mar. 21.  Charles Binet (68)
  • Mar. 21.  Rudy Faktor (80)
  • Mar. 22.  Ernie Lauzon (74)
  • Mar. 23.  Ian McNeely (70)
  • Mar. 24.  Donald Hall (72)
  • Mar. 24.  Andre Lemay (74)
  • Mar. 26.  Kerry Maki (73)
  • Mar. 26.  Daniel Wagorn (64)
  • Mar. 30.  Ronald Gibson (71)
  • Mar. 29.  Mathias Hohlheimer (83)
  • Mar. 30.  Denis Charbonneau (66)


The Dean Report and Watering Down and Splintering of the Electrical Trade:

In your January issue of the local union Relay, Business Manager John Bourke advises of a possible attack on our industry by others being permitted to perform work previously recognized under our 309A license issued to our tradesmen.  Although we are officially retired we must be concerned about this intrusion into our field.  The qualified tradesman in Ontario has been trained in all fields of the electrical trade that includes the installation of conduits and ducts.  The Dean Report and Bill 144 – Schedule 12 is a direct attack on the membership of the IBEW in Ontario watering down the effectiveness of the Ontario College of Trades.

To simplify the issue is that the Dean Report would permit any non-compulsory trades such as the labourers or the carpenters to install conduits and ducts currently done by our licensed tradesmen.  Then our tradesman can pull in the necessary cables.  Who would be responsible if piping was not sufficiently reamed after cutting

and the cable insulation is penetrated ?  It would also open the door to non-union workers easy access into our field.  Would it stop here or could other conduits in a building or structure be permitted to be installed by others ?

In the January issue of the Electrical Worker on page # 4 under the heading “North of 49*” it details the proposed legislation watering down who may perform the work.  If two different workforces are permitted to perform conduit or duct installations, who do you think would be awarded the work; the qualified electrician earning about $ 55.00 per hour compared to the unskilled worker earning about $ 15.00 per hour.  Does this end here or could plumbing and sewage pipes be included; or how about steamfitters piping; or include gas piping into the mess.  How about the bonding and grounding of conduits, are these people qualified to ensure this is properly and safely done ?

This Tony Dean, former Ontario Public Service head and current University of Toronto professor spent a year reviewing the Ontario College of Trades regulations.  His view is that anyone is qualified to do installation of conduits, ducts and other piping.  Unfortunately the Dean Report recommendations were accepted by the majority Liberal government.  This certainly is not an accepted resolve to our people who are highly trained in this field.  This is akin to permitting someone to fly a plane because he may know how to get from point A to point B but is unable to take the plane off nor safely land it.

This entire issue boils down to public safety and that certainly cannot be accepted by the general public.  The Liberal government and Premier Wynne must be made aware of the importance of this matter.  Most of the unionized sector and the trade workers supported her and her party in the last provincial election.  We must now impose our concerns upon her and the other MLA’s of our concerns and not bow to the non-union sector.

We are requesting each and every member write, e-mail or phone your MLA expressing your concern over this important matter.  They must be made fully aware of any consequences that could arise should a tragedy occur if installations made are not properly installed by non-qualified trades people. You can also obtain more information by clicking onto:


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