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The former hospital CEO sat on the province’s Health Coordination Table, the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, and the LTC Incident Management System Table. In these roles, Stewart helped push the province to adopt the lockdown measures now in place before jetting off to a beach in the Dominican Republic for a three-week vacation from Dec. 18 through Jan. 5.
Seems the public didn’t much like people like Stewart, and a long list of politicians across the country, telling them to avoid non-essential travel while taking luxury vacations.
In losing his job over the vacation, Stewart is giving up his $604,083 salary and $25,000 benefits package, but the status of his severance package remains up in the air. According to the Hamilton Spectator, one of the issues the board of directors at St. Joe’s was dealing with was a severance package of up to $1 million if Stewart was dismissed.
This isn’t the first high-paying, high-profile job loss for Stewart. In 2013, the doctor resigned from a top post at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital when reporting on contracts involving the Ornge scandal surfaced.
— With files from Canadian Press
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