Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Fun times at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal


From bad to worse.


Karma is a b*tch…





Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Gives $9500.00 Bucks To Cop Killer!


OTTAWA — The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ordered the Correctional Service of Canada to pay $9,500 in compensation to a man serving a life sentence for the 1983 murder of an Ontario police officer.


In a decision released Wednesday, the tribunal upheld a discrimination complaint by Peter Michael Collins, who shot and killed police Const. David Utman of Nepean, near Ottawa, at a shopping centre.


Collins, 48, who suffers from chronic and severe back pain, filed a human rights complaint alleging a directive requiring inmates to stand up for a once-a-day count by correctional officers amounted to "adverse differentiation" on the basis of disability.



The [correctional] service advised the tribunal that it recently granted Collins a medical exception, meaning he would no longer be required to stand and be counted.


Despite those admissions, the hearing proceeded in order to deal with Collins' claims for damages for pain and suffering and for special compensation. He was seeking the maximum compensation of $20,000 for each.



Utman, a 38-year-old father of two, was having coffee at a restaurant at the Bayshore Shopping Centre on Oct. 14, 1983, when he encountered Collins, who had escaped from the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.


Training a handgun on the officer, Collins ordered Utman to stand up because he was going to shoot him. He then fired a shot and missed the officer.


Collins again ordered him to stand up, his gun still trained on the officer. Holding his nightstick in his right hand, Utman rose and slowly approached Collins, trying to convince him to turn over his gun.


After inviting Utman to draw his weapon, Collins fired a second shot, hitting Utman in the chest. He died an hour later in hospital.


Collins was found guilty of first-degree murder in 1984 and sentenced to life in prison.




And the most priceless article!





Workers slam 'toxic' environment at human rights tribunal

OTTAWA — The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal is facing an outpouring of anger from workers who complain of a toxic workplace that is undermining the quasi-judicial agency's ability to do its job.


More than half of the 25-member staff, including middle and senior level managers, have left, taken sick leave or retired over the past year. At least three have filed formal harassment complaints.


Unions representing workers confirmed they received numerous complaints of abuse of authority, intimidation and personal harassment. They say employees describe a work environment that has deteriorated "to the point of toxicity."


The situation in the tribunal sounds strikingly similar to the poisoned workplace Auditor General Sheila Fraser found when she investigated the Public Sector Integrity Office under the leadership of retired commissioner Christiane Ouimet, said Milt Isaacs, president of the Association of Canadian Financial Officers.


The leaders of three federal unions have taken the unusual step of working together to get an independent investigation into the conflict and to find ways to resolve it.



"There's a toxic work environment. As an employer, you would think they would want to find solutions."



They also say Fraser's stinging report into Ouimet's leadership raises questions whether the government should be more carefully screening the people it selects for such senior posts, including their previous management track record.


Fraser's report found Ouimet was an abusive manager, who yelled, berated, marginalized and intimidated staff, many of whom left. She also concluded the career bureaucrat failed to live up to her mandate. She received 228 complaints over her three years in office, investigated seven but found not one wrongdoing.


Isaacs said these kinds of complaints are even more worrisome when they arise at an agency like the tribunal which should uphold and be sensitive to human rights issues.


The tribunal is Canada's premier human rights adjudication body. It acts like court and rules on cases referred to it by the Canadian Human Rights Commission.