Politics and its Discontents: Vengeance Is Mine, Sayeth Harper Regime: An Update On Sylvie Therrien

This past July I wrote two posts on Sylvie Therrien, the government employee suspended because she leaked documents that revealed federal investigators were told to find $485,000 of Employment Insurance fraud every year. An update on her fate, published in today’s Star, reveals that she has been fired. The alleged reason? According to Employment and ...

Politics and its Discontents: More On The E.I Whistleblower

The other day I wrote a post on Sylvie Therrien, the government employee suspended because she leaked documents that revealed federal investigators were told to find $485,000 of Employment Insurance fraud every year. The “fraud quotas” were just one aspect of an office culture that encouraged cutting benefits from as many people as possible to ...

Politics and its Discontents: Cancer, E.I., and Government Hypocrisy

The Faces Of Common Humanity Without doubt, to battle cancer must be a grueling and depleting experience. But to face rebuke and betrayal at the hands of one’s government because of the circumstances of that battle must be almost as traumatic. Such is the almost unbelievable tale of Jane Kittmer, diagnosed with breast cancer while ...