January 29, 2019

Nurse who stole opioids gets job back — because her addiction is a “disability”

David MenziesMission Specialist

Even in this day and age of reasonable accommodation run amok, we’re constantly told that public safety trumps all, but that was then and this is now because apparently, safety must also take a backseat to hurt feelings.

At least that’s the case in a matter involving a Waterloo, Ontario long-term care facility nurse who for two years, had been stealing opioids for her own use and falsifying medical records to conceal the thefts.

It was unclear if she was “shorting” her patients’ medication in order to facilitate her personal consumption but regardless, this isn’t the kind of nurse you want on duty, right?

Wrong. In a bizarre ruling that determined her opioid addiction is a “disability,” a labour arbitrator has ordered the Regional Municipality of Waterloo to not only give her job back, but also provide compensation for her unfair dismissal and pay general damages for “injury to dignity, feelings and self-respect.”

This saga reminds me of the time the BC Human Rights Tribunal determined that a McDonald’s restaurant employee had the human right NOT to wash her hands.

Who could’ve guessed that labour arbitrators and human rights commissioners would care more about an individual’s self-esteem than the well-being of society at large.

Welcome to the so-called “new normal,” – a bizarre biosphere engineered by idealistic paper pushers who obviously know better than the rest of us!

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commented 2019-01-30 07:40:02 -0500
Alberta Maga said, “WOW, what a friggin mess progressives make of society.”

Another very apt comment!
commented 2019-01-30 02:20:21 -0500
WOW, what a friggin mess progressives make of society. Hope these clowns are treated by someone with a DISABILITY one day.
commented 2019-01-29 15:35:15 -0500
If you belong to a union then the rule of law doesn’t apply to you.
commented 2019-01-29 14:22:49 -0500
This looks like the work of union goons at work.
commented 2019-01-29 13:46:56 -0500
Just wait; someone will take an employer to the HRC because they are expected to work for their paycheque. The horror! “I have an aversion to work.” “Oh, you poor binary/non-binary person! You win!”

Back in the 1970s or 1980s, at a major university in Montreal,, a manager was discovered to have stolen dozens of TV monitors, proven by a garage full of the stolen property bearing the school’s inventory stickers. The union went to bat (at the time only management had representation, not their underlings) and got him his job back. Now if a non-management employee would be caught stealing just about anything they would be given the boot. I guess its the “The devil made me do it” defence.

That MacDonald’s “employee”; give her a pair of rubber gloves and keep her on floor washing and toilet cleaning duty. Or is she also allergic to rubber gloves and water?
commented 2019-01-29 13:44:50 -0500
Horgan the Communist and the NDP/Greenie conspiracy coalition, brought back the BC Human Rights Tribunal, and gave it more power of destruction to the Canadian fabric, than it had before it’s too-short 15 year hiatus.
The BC Liberal Party ( a coalition of classical liberals, conservatives and some others…) got rid of it.
“B.C. government brings back human rights commission after 15 years”

‘Horgan and the Greenies’…sounds like something nasty you desperately need to expectorate, or choke on!