Monthly Archives: March, 2019

Tribunal upholds WCB's finding that man's job at Sask. RM led to his suicide

Tribunal upholds WCB’s finding that man’s job at Sask. RM led to his suicide

March 26th, 2019 Respect in the Workplace

The Rural Municipality of Parkdale has lost its final appeal against a Workers’ Compensation Board decision attributing the suicide of ones of its workers to his job.

Robert Duhaime of Vawn, Sask., died by suicide on Aug. 31, 2017.

In February, 2018, the WCB concluded Duhaime’s death stemmed from his employment as a grader operator at the RM of Parkdale. His widow, Brenda, said her husband was being bullied and harassed on the job.After Duhaime’s death the WCB accepted a claim, saying there was sufficient information to attribute his mental health issues and his subsequent death to his employment.


The RM denied it was at fault in the death and appealed the WCB decision. When the initial appeal was rejected, the RM took it to the next level of appeal: the WCB tribunal.

In its appeal, the RM said Duhaime had a pre-existing mental health condition and that some statements made by witnesses in the initial investigation were fabricated. It also said the WCB had “ignored” some witness statements from some of the people accused of bullying.

CBC has obtained the tribunal report that rejects the RM’s appeal and concludes again that Duhaime’s death was the result of his employment.

“There was evidence of prior mental health issues, but the specific causative factor for the suicide was the workplace issues,” reads the report. MORE

Remai Modern CEO Gregory Burke under investigation by human rights commission for alleged workplace harassment

Remai Modern CEO Gregory Burke under investigation by human rights commission for alleged workplace harassment

March 26th, 2019 Respect in the Workplace

Source: CBC News

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Gregory Burke, the outgoing CEO and executive director of Saskatoon’s Remai Modern Art Museum, is under investigation by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission for alleged workplace harassment dating back to his time at the Mendel Art Gallery.

According to a document obtained by CBC News, the complaint was filed with the commission by a woman who worked with Burke at the Mendel, now known as Remai Modern.

CBC News is not identifying the woman, whose allegation has not been proven in court. Her lawyer also confirmed the complaint.

Burke did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

The commission document obtained by CBC News does not detail the specifics of the allegation. The corporate entities for both Mendel Art Gallery and Remai Modern are named alongside Burke as respondents.

“My aim investigating this complaint is to determine the facts and gather relevant perspectives on the situation,” wrote commission investigator Lewanna Dubray in the document.

Dubray said she is seeking information from the complainant, Burke and “all potential witnesses.”

The commission would neither confirm nor deny the complaint or investigation.

“The commission is an unbiased organization,” the commission said in a statement to CBC News. “As a matter of general principle, and because of privacy concerns, the commission does not discuss or disclose the particulars of ongoing complaints.” MORE

Sexually harassed Canada Revenue Agency worker to get $40,000 in damages

Sexually harassed Canada Revenue Agency worker to get $40,000 in damages

March 26th, 2019 Respect in the Workplace

Source: Montreal Gazette



A Canada Revenue Agency employee has been awarded $40,000 after being a victim of sexual harassment in her workplace. And her employer has been ordered to reimburse her the $23,000 in care she received to treat the depression and anxiety she suffered as a result of the incidents.

In its ruling, the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board ordered the CRA to pay the employee $20,000 for pain and suffering as well as $20,000 for having mismanaged her harassment case.

According to the worker’s union, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the amounts awarded are the maximum permitted under Canadian human rights legislation.

The harassment occurred between May and October of 2010 and saw the worker receive multiple invitations for coffee or lunch from her section leader. He also offered her rides home, sent her texts at night and on weekends, had chocolates delivered to her at her office address, offered to help her around the house and sent her CDs of love songs including “When a Man Loves a Woman” and “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.”

The worker filed a grievance and an independent investigation ordered by the CRA established 13 incidents of sexual harassment. MORE

Breaking point: assaulted, threatened and abused in Ontario's long-term care homes

Breaking point: assaulted, threatened and abused in Ontario’s long-term care homes

March 26th, 2019 Respect in the Workplace

Source: CBC Canada

Ontario’s long-term care facilities can be dangerous places to work, according to a new study, with workers reporting physical and emotional abuse and sexual harassment.

“Breaking Point: Violence Against Long-Term Care Staff” builds on previous studies which have shown that 90 per cent of Canadian caregivers had experienced physical violence from residents in long-term care homes. The new study focuses on the personal experiences of those workers.

James Brophy, and co-authors Margaret Keith and Michael Hurley, conducted the study for the University of Stirling in Scotland. Both Brophy and Keith are adjunct professors with the University of Windsor. Hurley is with the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions and Canadian Union of Public Employees which funded the study.

The study consults 56 long-term care staff in seven Ontario communities.

“We ran some 13-odd focus groups with workers that reflected the demographics of the communities we were in,” said Brophy. “The majority of participants were either nurses or personal support workers.”

Brophy will not identify which communities were studied, for confidentiality purposes.

Vicious assaults

In small interview groups, workers shared at-work experiences of violence, including visually identifying on a “body map” where they had been injured.

“We’ve heard horrible stories of vicious assaults,” said Brophy. “It’s very common to have tables and chairs thrown at you. It’s common to be grabbed, sexually groped.” MORE

Ottawa unveils plan to fight harassment, abuse, discrimination in sport

Ottawa unveils plan to fight harassment, abuse, discrimination in sport

March 26th, 2019 Respect in Sport

Minister announces investigation unit and toll-free confidential helpline

A safe space for Canadian athletes and kids who participate in sport has been a long time coming.

That was part of Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan’s message in announcing both an investigation unit and a toll-free confidential helpline on Wednesday, major measures in an effort to combat harassment and abuse in sport.

“This was Week 1 my priority, as an athlete, coach, and judge all my life,” Duncan told The Canadian Press. “When you train athletes your No. 1 job is to protect their health and safety. It’s your No. 1 job.

“So when I came into the role, I wanted to put our athletes at the centre of everything we do. And I knew we needed to help our athletes from the beginning — that there be a confidential safe place where they could go.”

The investigation unit is an arm’s-length, third-party program set up through the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada, an independent organization that already functions in helping resolve disputes in the national sport community. Canadian sport organizations can access the unit for independent investigations on reports of harassment, abuse or discrimination in sport.

The helpline — 1-888-83SPORT (77678) — is for victims and witnesses of harassment, abuse or discrimination. The line, which is already up and running, will be staffed by counsellors, psychologists and psychotherapists, seven days a week, 12 hours a day.

“I have been clear there can be bystander effect. If you see a child being hurt or harmed, it’s all of our jobs to speak up,” Duncan said. “So having this confidential phone line where you can report cases, they are professionally trained people … who will listen. It’s safe, confidential, in both official languages, and they will say where you can go next, whether it’s to the police, whether it’s to child protection services, it’s to provincial or territorial resources, but you will actually have someone say ‘This is where you go next.’” MORE


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