ELORA, ON, Feb. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - On July 20, 2011, after 27 years of
firefighting for his community in Elora, Ontario, John Alles passed
away while on-call for the Township of Centre Wellington's Fire
Department. After his passing, his wife and fellow firefighters were
shocked to find out that there was no life insurance coverage available
to Mr. Alles' widow despite what they thought to be the clear wording
of the firefighters' agreement with the Township.
That agreement, between the Elora Firefighters' Association (along with
the Fergus Firefighters Association) and the Township was made a
Township by-law, the most recent of which provides that "The Township shall provide $100,000.00 Life Insurance and 24/7 Accident
& Sickness Premium Coverage with the Township paying 100% of the
premiums." Similar agreements have been in place since at least 2000. The
firefighters believe that the agreements provide that every firefighter
should have $100,000 in life insurance coverage in place, in addition
to accident and sickness insurance, which is fully paid by the
However, as a result of the sudden passing of one of their own, the
firefighters became aware that the Township has not maintained any
basic life insurance coverage for them for years. Mr. Alles' widow is
now without the life insurance benefits her husband thought would be in
place for her when he passed.
The firefighters and Township have not been able to resolve this issue
at this time, which has forced the firefighters to seek an
interpretation of the agreement by the courts, where it is now pending.
SOURCE Koskie Minsky LLP
For further information:
**Mr. Alles' widow and the Elora Firefighters' Association ask that all inquiries regarding this matter be directed to their lawyers, Koskie Minsky LLP, Attention: David Rosenfeld (416-595-2700).