At the annual Smart Commute Awards last evening, it was clear that the Smart Commute program, established in 2004, is transforming the culture of commuting across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
“Smart Commute is a concept that has clearly captured the interest of some of the most innovative organizations in the GTHA,” says Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO, Metrolinx. “They understand that we can no longer afford to ignore the huge toll that commuter gridlock is taking on our health, our economy and the environment.”
I often say, “Work is what you do, not where you are.” I also could say, “Telework is who I am.” I came into government from CSC [Computer Sciences Corp.] where I worked for the CEO on corporate culture. My colleagues were in the U.K., Australia, India and the West Coast. I never met some of them, but we were online all the time. After a while, it is silly to get up, get dressed and drive all the way to Falls Church, Va., to call India. Do it from home. It’s 4:30 a.m. I didn’t know it was called “teleworking.” At CSC, it was just called “working.”
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Telework (often referred to as telecommuting ) holds new and largely untapped economic opportunities for Northern Ontario by allowing paid workers to work away from their normal place of work, usually from home. Since teleworkers need to consume electricity during the day to power their home offices and the technology therein, the smart meter initiative amounts to a tax on what is a very green activity.
Telework offers significant benefits to individual employees, their employers, and their communities, yet the Ontario government has been less proactive in enabling and promoting telework than it has been on promoting the smart meter initiative. An initiative being managed and implemented by those same organizations who have a long track record of waste and mismanagement.
Let your voice be heard by contacting the Premier’s Office, Hydro One, and the Minster of Energy.