Jeri Horton-Joyce and Ron Joyce Jr., Tim Hortons franchise owners, won the award for the private sector Scumbags of the Year. The competition was stiff but Horton-Joyce and Joyce Jr., the heirs of the Tim Hortons fortune, left a bitter taste in the mouth of our voters for leading the charge against labour law changes in Ontario. When Bill 148’s $14 minimum wage, paid sick days and equal pay for equal work came into effect on January 1 2018, Horton-Joyce and Joyce Jr. issued a memo to their workers from their winter beach home in Florida announcing the cancellation of uniform allowances, paid breaks, and shifts. They said they couldn’t afford the Bill 148 reforms! Horton-Joyce and Ron Joyce Jr. are not just franchise owners of the Tim Hortons, they are the heirs of the founders of the company and have more wealth than anyone needs. Their move to punish their workers because of Bill 148 was a politically-motivated choice. And for that they were rewarded by our readers with a Scumbag of the Year award.
Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario was the clear winner of this year’s public sector Scumbag of the Year. Ford has barely been premier of Ontario for six months but he’s already drawn the ire of huge numbers of people. He has gutted labour law in the province with his Bill 47, which eliminates paid sick days, stops the scheduled increase in the Ontario’s minimum wage to $15, ends equal pay for equal work. Ford also instituted a public sector hiring freeze, passed back-to-work legislation twice, took an axe to business and environmental regulations, and attacked the school health curriculum on behalf of a bigoted few. Ford and his government are primed to launch another round of austerity in the new year, but his work in 2018 of attacking Ontario’s working majority is worthy of a Scumbag of the Year award.