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SCRABSTER - The family of a woman from Bell Island, NL, is speaking out about alleged workplace abuse of their sister - which included being bound and gagged in an office chair.  DeeAnn Fitzpatrick said the incident occurred in 2010, but it was part of a decade-long pattern of bullying and abuse that she experienced when she worked as a fisheries officer at Marine Scotland's Scrabster office on Scotland's northern coast.  (Daily Mail)   MORE:   Whistleblower taped to chair   Bound and gagged 


Whistleblower faces sanction

MONTREAL - Documents from a hearing of the disciplinary committee of the Quebec Order of Engineers in mid-August show Jean-Claude Gilbert gave Radio-Canada details and video of a broken expansion joint on Montreal's Champlain Bridge in May 2013.  His former employer, an engineering firm contracted to inspect the bridge for the federal agency that runs it, filed a complaint for divulging confidential information.  (CP)  


Whistleblowers sentences reduced

LUXEMBOURG - Former employee Antoine Deltour, 31, received a 6 month suspended sentence with a 1,500-euro fine, instead of the 12-month jail term given at the original trial last June.  His colleague Raphael Halet, 40, received a 1,000-euro fine instead of a 9-month prison sentence.  (AFP)  PREVIOUS:   Luxembourg Leaks   Global meltdown-wealth    


NSA leaker

SAVANNAH - Reality Winner, charged with leaking US secrets to a news organization told FBI agents she was frustrated with her job as a government contractor when she tucked a classified report into her pantyhose and smuggled it out of a NSA office.    (AP)  PREVIOUS:   Intercept classified NSA report   Reality Winner   Whistleblower arrested   Colour printer lead to arrest   Secret NSA report   


Whistleblower not IOC's problem

RIO DE JANEIRO - Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova may be in danger after her revelations on doping in her country that triggered a massive scandal and forced her to flee, but it is not the International Olympic Committee's responsibility, the IOC said. (Reuters)  COMMENT:   IOC good for IOC   2016 Summer Olympics   Rio 2016   Yuliya Stepanova   Thomas Bach   Olympic spirit   Grigory Rodchenkov


Whistleblower program

TORONTO - Ontario's securities watchdog (OSC) has launched its whistleblower program, a first in Canada, in an effort to root out accounting fraud, insider trading and market manipulation.  (CP)   MORE:   Office of the whistleblower 


Bad for whistleblowers

UN - Figures obtained by the Government Accountability Project reveal that the UN ethics office had received 447 approaches up to July 2014 from those alleging they have faced retaliation for exposing wrongdoing.  (Guardian UK)   PREVIOUS:   UN's investigation wars  


Whistleblower award

Nanex and Eric Hunsader has finally been vindicated, and is the first whistleblower eligible under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act meant 'to reward an independent third party for analysis of a potential securities law violation.'   (Zero Hedge) 


Whistleblower arrested

MADRID - Herve Falciani, a former HSBC technology employee convicted for leaking account data that led to a tax evasion scandal has been arrested in Madrid on an arrest warrant issued by Switzerland.  (AFP)   PREVIOUS:   Whistleblower gets jail     Herve Falciani   Swiss Leaks   Offshore accounts   HSBC   Probe reveals Swiss accounts  


Light on search for whistleblowers

MONTREAL - A Canadian journalist expressed dismay after learning that the RCMP were planning to shadow him in hopes he would lead them to the person who leaked secret information on a suspected terrorist.  (CP)   MORE:   RCMP probes journalists' sources   

Warrants released

HALIFAX - Search warrants say a NS civil servant told police somebody 'hacked' into the province's freedom-of-information website in a case investigators later dropped because there were no grounds to lay criminal charges.  The youth never intended to scoop up people's personal files or social insurance numbers, and this was due to a lack of proper security safeguards on the website.  (CP)  PREVIOUS:   Jail or reward for whistleblower


Whistleblowers being evicted

PETERBOROUGH - Several local producers say they're facing expulsion from the Peterborough farmers market because of their campaign to increase transparency among fellow vendors, just months after a CBC Marketplace investigation revealed 2 vendors were not being upfront about the provenance of their fruits and veggies.   (CBC)


Whistleblower fined

REGINA - Carolyn Strom plans to appeal the fine handed down last week by the SK Registered Nurses' Association.  The committee ruled she violated the registered nurses' act when, in Feb 2015, she posted on Facebook about what she called the 'subpar' treatment of her grandfather in a long-term care facility in Macklin, SK.    (CTV)


Wrongful dismissal lawsuit

TORONTO - Andre Marin, Ontario's former ombudsman is suing for wrongful dismissal, alleging Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals 'orchestrated' his removal from public office.  (Sun Media)   MORE:   Andre Marin   Ombudsman out   Hiring process 'shambolic'     Replaced   'Crass politics'    The Mess    


Whistleblower detained

THE HAGUE - Florence Hartmann was grabbed by guards outside the UN war crimes tribunal last Thursday as the court convicted Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic of helping to organize atrocities during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.  The tribunal convicted her in 2009 for publishing confidential material, giving her a fine which was later converted into a 7-day prison sentence.  (AP)   MORE:   Whistleblower released early     Florence Hartmann         


Whistleblower in military custody

LONDON - Able Seaman William McNeilly, 25, the Royal Navy whistleblower who went on the run after alleging a catalogue of security failings at the Trident nuclear base is in custody in Scotland.  (Guardian UK)  REPORT:   WikiLeaks: Trident safety


Whistleblower arrested

THAILAND - A Swiss businessman who allegedly leaked thousands of emails to the Sarawak Report has been arrested in Thailand at the behest of a controversial oil exploration company connected to the 1MDB scandal in Malaysia.   (Asia Sentinel)   MORE:   UMNO use arrest to defend 1MDB


'I won't do it'

OTTAWA - Doug Drever, who has worked for the military for years, bucked his bosses and refused to follow instructions he apparently believed were unethical.  (CBC) 


Veterans Affairs broke the law

OTTAWA - The yearlong investigation stemmed from a complaint by retired intelligence official Sean Bruyea.   (CTV)     MORE:  'Alarming' breach   Sean Bruyea   Advocate settles privacy suit    Feds right a wrong   Revamping veterans charter     


Quest to release information  

WASHINGTON - The most perilous posting for Jeffrey Scudder turned out to be a two-year stint in a sleepy office that looks after the agency's historical files.  (Washington Post)    RELATED:   CBS: Whistleblower


Whistleblowers are crucial

Institutions gather, store and analyze vast amounts of information about individuals and other institutions. The process, even when intentions are benign, is nonetheless invasive.   (CBC) 

More gag orders

OTTAWA - The Liberal government has been expanding the number of public servants subject to lifetime gag orders, placing them under threat of hefty prison sentences should they spill any secrets before they die.  The Privy Council Office has designated at least 94 individuals, some of whom no longer work for the federal government, as 'persons permanently bound to secrecy' or PPBS - a binding legal order intended to enforce their silence.   (CBC)

Privy Council   

AG criticizes government secrecy

Bureaucratic reflex to overclassify

State of information sharing

Stack of state secrets  

Public servants forced to sign lifetime gag order

Big Brother surveillance  

5 years in prison 

Released document


Status of ethics in Canada

OTTAWA - Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion is asking MPs for sweeping new powers, suggesting he should be able to impose publication bans on the media, suspend parliamentarians from sitting in the House of Commons and impose hefty fines in the range of $25,000.   (Globe & Mail) 

He's back

Ethics Commissioner

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

Public Sector Integrity Commissioner.  (CTV) 

Czar to let his record do the talking

Dion named to refugee board

Disgraced czar Ouirnet   


1 public service firing

Joe Friday   Joe Friday TV

Little hope 

Auditor general: gross mismanagement

2014 April report of the AG   

2003 Sept report of the AG  

Christiane Ouimet

Severance deal includes gag order  

Democracy watch  

Privy Council  

Commission to submit complaints

Commissioner's actions 'unacceptable'

Public Sector Integrity Commissioner

Like a cover-up in the integrity chair 



OTTAWA - The RCMP have laid a single charge of breach of trust against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.  The scope of the investigation was expanded recently beyond claims that Norman was the source of unauthorized disclosures to the media shortly after the Liberal government was elected in the fall of 2015.   (CBC)

Charged with breach of trust

Norman's lawyer's statement 

It's about more than leaks

Political revenge or justice?

DND declares Normal guilty

Whiff of politics   

State secret

Warship replacement plan 2.4 times over budget

Cutthroat world

Legal gray zone

Thin gruel

Shipyard a complex web of ownership, financing

Mark Norman

Whistleblowing behind removal?

Project Resolve  

Corporate welfare bums?


Military shipbuilding leak

Clouds over shipbuilding plan

Leak investigation  

Relieved of duties memo

Warship gag order

Shipbuilding costs soar

Canadians are not been given accurate info on price

Irving warship procurement deal

Jonathan Vance 

Why did the Liberals get so upset?

Irving rejects allegations


Angered by political interference   

Probe focused on supply ship build  

RCMP affidavit  

RCMP allege  

Trudeau sought probe  

Asylum rejected

HONG KONG - Authorities have rejected asylum requests from a group of refugees who sheltered Edward Snowden 4 years ago, in what their lawyer said is retaliation for helping the former NSA contractor.  (AP) 

Canada the solution 

Canadian who hid Showden  

Refugees petition Canada

Asylum seekers file

Paying the price

Canada officially petitioned

Urged to accept

How Snowden escaped

'Terror' detention

Terrorism Act 2000

Glenn Greenwald

PM had advance warning of detention

White House given 'heads-up'

Detention legally sound  

The innocent do have something to fear


2013 mass surveillance scandal

Edward Snowden

Is whistleblowing worth it? 

'Mission accomplished'

Snowden's Christmas message

Snowden applied for temporary asylum

Lack of choice  

Asylum offered

Canada not on the asylum list

World shuns asylum appeal

196 Countries

Warrantless surveillance controversy

Thomas Andrews Drake

Mark Klein

Russ Tice

Stellar Wind

NSA call database

Canada's border man

Former refugee is immigration minister

Ahmed Hussen

Big Brother


Feds ordered to pay legal costs

OTTAWA - Edgar Schmidt, who was suspended without pay after filing his claim in December, asserts in court documents that the government has failed to live up to its obligations to ensure that new legislation complies with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  


Documents in the Schmidt case  

Government lawyer blows the whistle  

Judge raps justice officials  

Federal lawyer suspended

Crusade to sustain the rule of law  

Lifting warrant

LONDON - Swedish prosecutors on Friday dropped a 7-year rape investigation into Julian Assange, a legal victory for the WikiLeaks founder who has been holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London since 2012. British police have said they will arrest Assange as soon as he walks out of the embassy because he has broken his conditions for bail.   (AFP) 

Leak probed


Integrity of Feds 'secret network' questioned

Apparent breach

WikiLeaks release detainee policies

Still wanted by the US

Julian Assange


Sweden lifts warrant

Assange defiant 

Anonymous opens door on secrets

Anonymous releases document

Anonymous start slow leaking 

Searchable archive of government records 

Public library of US diplomacy 

US diplomatic intelligence reports

WikiLeaks publishes 1.7M US records


35 years

Bradley Manning

Manning to become a woman

Manning wants to live life as a woman

Exposing the truth

Assange wanted by US

Value of vigilantism


'Julain Assange Show'

End 'witch-hunt'  

Another Assange-o-rama saga

Seeking the moral high ground  

Asylum granted  

Ecuador grants asylum

Right of asylum   

Extradition notice


Canada-US water tiff

CBC WikiLeaks   

WikiLeaks Tiananmen cables    

Not guilty of aiding the enemy

Sentencing hearing begins

How Manning changed whistleblowers

Washington's man in Australia

Bob Carr 

Guilty plea to lesser charges

Guilty plea to some charges

End 'war on whistleblowers'

Police will arrest him regardless

WikiLeaks releases 'Syria Files'

WikiLeaks releases Syria e-mails

Leaks show US swayed

Maxime Bernier

Tony Clement 

Emails reveal dirty-tricks campaign     

US pokes fun at Arctic pledges

Ottawa withstands US pressure

Why seek refuge in Ecuador?

Political asylum  

Swedish Judicial v Julian Assange

Future leaking online     

Ego conceals triumph of WikiLeaks

Sweden furious at Ecuador

Assange loses appeal  

Asylum bid driven by fear of US

Secret US Embassy Cables  

Contractors target critics

Jet sent to pick up shoes

Mugabe 'has cancer'

Swept up and away    

Lobbyists solicited hackers

Telegraph: WikiLeaks cable files  

US Bank plan to destroy WikiLeaks  

Embezzled funds


Omar Bongo

Millions in embezzled funds

Best way to rob a bank in Africa   

UN aid cash went to Islamist

Nigeria pressured UK to drop charges

Ex-governor arrested in Dubai

Swedish legal expert slams case

WikiLeaks Somalia cables  

Did al-Qaeda plot 5th attack

US diplomatic cables  

Cables outline Olympic threats

Docs touch on Atlantic Canada  

How WikiLeaks enlightened    

US tried to recruit Fraser

Key points at a glance 

WikiLeaks mirrored sites

'We want to be ready'

Ransom paid for Canadian diplomats

Prosecutor biased against men  

BoA in $3B settlement deal  

Assanges Swedish sex crimes file

Clueless cable author

CIA responds to WikiLeaks with WTF  

President 'stashed $9B'

US directing hunt    

al-Qaeda is planning a dirty bomb

US diplomatic cables  

WikiLeaks diplomatic cables  

US embassy cables 

No big surprises 

UK 'wanted bomber released'

Release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi

Ex-IRA wants WikiLeaks designated

Peter T King   

WikiLeaks threatening security

US soldiers warned

Location matters up in the cloud  

Berlusconi profited from relationship  

Amazon cuts off WikiLeaks

Assange arrested

Operation payback  

Warning about bank leak a mistake  

Visa suspends payments  

WikiLeaks will continue

Swiss pull bank account  

Chinese official doesn't believe figures

Sites 'vital' to US 

US knocks WikiLeaks off the net

Cash machine for terrorists

US wonders how to deal banker

Chinese officials led hacking

US to prevent future data disclosures  

US secret jury  

Unseal US subpoenas  


GENEVA - Anders Kompass, the director of field operations for the office of the high commissioner for human rights in Geneva, was suspended and faced dismissal after he passed confidential documents detailing the abuse of children by French troops in CAR to the authorities in Paris because of the UN's failure to stop the exploitation.(Guardian UK)

Lifetime confidentiality agreements

OTTAWA - A proposed lifetime gag order for employees of members of Parliament that would restrict their ability to share information - and stifle the kind of whistleblowing that led to some of the revelations in the Senate scandal - is triggering alarm among Parliament Hill staff.  (CBC) DOCUMENT:   Conflict of interest & confidentiality agreement   .pdf   

Commander promises discipline

OTTAWA - The commander of the Canadian army has threatened to go after soldiers who provide information to the media without permission and "pursue disciplinary action against them," according to a memo sent widely across the land force.  (CBC)   Marquis Hainse      

Poisoning makes a comeback

LONDON -  Alexander Perepilichnyy had fled Russia in 2010 before helping expose a $230 million tax fraud ring allegedly involving senior Kremlin officials. By the time paramedics reached his mansion, he was dead.  (Washington Post)   MORE:   Whistleblower had traces of race poison in his stomach 


VANCOUVER - Alayne Fleischmann was the key witness in the US Justice Department's investigation into the bank's dubious mortgage deals, which resulted in a landmark $13B settlement with JPMorgan Chase, announced on Nov 19, 2013. (Globe & Mail)  Alayne Fleischmann

Whistleblower fired

SASKATOON - Care aide Peter Bowden took his concerns to the legislature in March about the well-being of seniors at SK's Oliver Lodge.  The following month, Bowden was suspended with pay. His dismissal was confirmed this week.  Oliver Lodge is an affiliate of the Saskatoon Health Region.   (CBC)

Whistleblower guilty

NEW YORK - A former CIA officer who was involved in a highly secretive operation to give faulty nuclear plans to Iran was convicted of providing classified information about his work to a New York Times reporter - a significant win for federal prosecutors and a presidential administration that has worked zealously to root out leakers.  (AP)   PREVIOUS:   Jeffrey Sterling   Operation Merlin   State of War

Child-support complained

TORONTO -  In his annual report, Andre Marin says the Family Responsibility Agency had been closing cases it found "impractical to enforce" and clearing accounts owing once a case was deemed closed.  He called the agency one of the "most consistently complained-about organizations." (CTV)   REPORT:  Power up the ombudsman   Ombudsman reports results on closed-door meetings     

Sorry about that

OTTAWA - The Canadian Forces has reversed its decision to discharge a Canadian soldier who testified about his struggle for health benefits and his long recovery from injuries suffered in the Afghanistan war.   (CTV)   PREVIOUS:  Witness discharged   Peter MacKay         

Whistleblower claims manipulation

LONDON - The FSA, is investigating claims by a whistleblower that Britain's $476B wholesale gas market has been "regularly" manipulated by some of the big power companies. (Guardian UK)  MORE:   2nd whistleblower    OFGEM under fire over energy price fixing allegations   Big 6 suppliers

Whistleblower goes to jail

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - John Kiriakou, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of disclosing the identity of a covert agent.  MORE:     John Kiriakou   CIA whistleblower   Maher Arar

Dead whistleblower on trial

MOSCOW - Russia is preparing to put lawyer Sergei Magnitsky on trial, even though he died in 2009, in the latest twist in a case that has become a byword for rampant Russian corruption.  (AP)    

Bureaucratic battle

NIAGARA FALLS - The OSPCA investigation into how MarineLand treats its animals has bogged down into a bureaucratic battle between the society and the province.   (Toronto Star)   PREVIOUS:  Probe into mass animal graves   Inspection of mass graves begins   MarineLand sues whistleblower   

Whistleblower still seeking justice

VANCOUVER - Sylvie Therrien lost her job as a fraud investigator with Service Canada in Vancouver in 2013 after leaking information to the media about aggressive government targets for reducing EI benefit payouts. (Toronto Star)   PREVIOUS:   EI fraud investigator axed   Whistleblower suspended   Doublespeak   Code of Conduct

Whistleblower shunned

WASHINGTON - The federal agent who blew the whistle on the Fast and Furious scandal is suddenly unwelcome at the very Border Patrol agency he sought to protect.   (Washington Times)   Charged under espionage act   Espionage Act of 1917   Official retaliated   Dennis Burke   Investigation of improper disclosure   .pdf   ATF gunwalking scandal

Whistleblower forced investigation

CALGARY - Evan Vokes, a former TransCanada engineer, says he reported its substandard practices to the federal energy regulator because he believed the company’s management refused to act on his complaints.  (CBC)   PREVIOUS:   TransCanada reproached by regulator over compliance   National Energy Board   

Whistle-blower payout

WASHINGTON - The new financial reform law has what some lawyers call a secret weapon against fraud on Wall Street and in corporate America: the promise of a million-dollar jackpot to insiders who reveal an illegal scheme to the government.  (LA Times) 

Whistleblower lawsuit

WASHINGTON - Tim Wallender, a former CN trainmaster has filed a lawsuit under the US Sarbanes-Oxley Act - which was passed into law to protect whistleblowers.   (CBC)   PREVIOUS:   CN defends safety record   Train fire will have to burn itself out   Explosion    CN Rail

Law not used

FREDERICTON - NB’s whistleblower law has barely been used in the 5 years since it was introduced to allow civil servants to report illegal or dangerous actions by their co-workers, according to the province’s acting ombudsman.  (CBC)

Whistleblower fired

TORONTO - Ken Tooby, 45, was among several staff members who revealed problems in labour relations, contracts, disappearance of university property and use of outside consultants starting in 2009.  (Toronto Star)  York University

Whistleblower saved $300M

OTTAWA - When Niagara Parks Commissioner Bob Gale began to question a secret deal that some board members had struck with the Maid of the Mist tour operator, he had no inkling that he would face a 2-year battle pitched battle. MORE:  Niagara Falls tour boat contract goes to US company  

Whistleblower site

The controversial Internet hacker-activist group Anonymous has launched a financial research arm aimed at exposing corrupt corporate practices.  Called Anonymous Analytics, its first target is Chaoda Modern Agriculture, one of China’s largest food producers.  (Toronto Star)  MORE:  Chaoda is next  

Bad watchdogs, shame

TORONTO - The Liberals are being accused of showing the door to a couple of government watchdogs who’ve put pressure on the government over the last 5 years.  (CTV)    MORE:  'Fishy' review   Skewing the process   Andre Marin   Gord Miller  

Skakun guilty

PRINCE GEORGE - City Councillor Brian Skakun has been found guilty of breaching the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.     MORE:  Guilty of leaking report    Whistleblower or violator of laws?   Councillor charged over leaked report 

Whistleblowing pays off

WASHINGTON - The IRS has awarded the largest whistleblower award in history - $104M - to a former UBS banker who gave information that helped expose a $20B offshore banking scheme.  (Washington Times)  

Birkenfeld's bonanza

Brad Birkenfeld

Whistleblower gets 40 months

US UBS agreement  .pdf

Corporate scandals

Whistleblowers blowing in the wind

OTTAWA - Two public servants who blew the whistle on their employer failed to convince the Supreme Court of Canada to consider whether the public's right to know should outweigh a duty of loyalty to their bosses.  The high court declined to grant leave to appeal to former RCMP officer Robert Read and Shiv Chopra, a former microbiologist at Health Canada.     

He stuck out his neck and was fired

VANCOUVER - Gord McAdams, a career civil servant fired for turning whistleblower, said he learned something along the way from rare painted turtles he helped to save near Nelson.  "What have I learned from the turtles?" McAdams said after receiving a 2007 whistleblower award in Vancouver. "To move forward, you have to stick your neck out, but it's nice to have a hard shell."  

Law a failure

OTTAWA - Canada's whistleblower law has done nothing to help people who raise red flags.   (CP)   PREVIOUS:   Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act   Meanness is a way of life in Ottawa   Allan Cutler   

Deadly silence

Canada's government culture promotes loyalty at all costs and takes immediate and crushing action against employees who blow the whistle.  (Joanna Gualtieri and David Kilgour) 

Lesley Anthony and Jean Bowen, were hailed as heroes after they secretly videotaped the plight of an elderly woman in a Versa-Care Long-Term-Care Home.  Lesley Anthony is being accused of professional misconduct for her actions.

Dr. Barry Armstrong, Canadian Armed Forces.  The Canadian Forces doctor was considered one of the initial whistle blowers in Somalia Inquiry.   There was a campaign within the military to smear him until he retired.

Myriam Bedard  in the context of the Sponsorship Scandal disclosed that she had been pushed from her marketing department job at Via Rail in 2002 shortly after raising concerns about the company's dealings with advertiser GroupAction. This led to the firings a few days later of Via Rail chairperson Jean Pelletier and president March LeFrancois.

Dr. Michelle Brill-Edwards, of the Health Protection Branch, resigned in 1996, claiming wholesale abuses inside the Branch.

Bruce Brine who had 22 years of policing and a 1994 governor-general's award for exemplary service, was fired from his job as chief of the Halifax ports police in 1995 after he made allegations that senior officials with the Canada ports police were getting kickbacks from the Hells Angels.  The ports police were disbanded in 1998 and the ongoing investigations were abandoned -- just as they were in Vancouver in 1997.  Much of the material from the files of those investigations was listed as missing when Mounties began to pursue his obstruction complaint.  Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission awarded him a cash settlement, an apology and a letter of reference from the port authority.

Dr. Shiv Chopra, a senior veterinary drug evaluator in Health Canada's Therapeutic Products and Food Branch, along with Dr. Margaret Hayden in the Animal Health Division, and Gerard Lambert blew the whistle on the drug approval process for bovine growth hormone and animal feed. They said human health concerns were being ignored due to pressure from lobbyists of drug companies.  Health Canada


Allan Cutler lodged a complaint, which prompted a departmental audit of the advertising and public opinion division.  But by the time the audit was underway, Cutler was transferred to the technical and special services division of Public Works.  During the Sponsorship Scandal investigation Cutler tabled an inch thick document which contained meticulous notes, memos and his own diary detailing how the rules were being broken.


Perry Dunlop, a police officer in Cornwall, Ontario, uncovered a local pedophile ring, and twice fought charges of contravening his duties under the Police Act for handing the case.  He was cleared of any wrongdoing, as judges ruled that his duties to Children’s Aid superceded his responsibilities as a police officer. But he still had enough of the taunts and threats, and moved with his family to the west coast.

Pedophiles and child porn

Cornwall under 'cloud'

Bernard Dussault, chief actuary, Canada pension plan, reported that he was asked to modify numbers to paint a more positive state of the CPP. He was fired.

Joanna Gualtieri and John Guenette  at DFAIT, blew the whistle on waste and lavish spending on diplomatic housing and embassies. The Inspector General and Auditor General of Canada later supported there allegations.  Gualtieri and Guenette claimed the bureau seemed not to care, that their bosses harassed them for raising the concerns and that they were given dead-end jobs after coming forward.  Both bureaucrats went on stress leave.   Joanna Gualtieri is still doing battle for whistleblowers as the Director of Federal Accountability Initiative for Reform (FAIR).  

The truth shall set you free

Should I Tell When It Hurts

Gary Lovett got fired for telling the media that Canada's base in Afghanistan didn't have adequate fire-fighting gear.  Though his pay came from the Canadian government, it flowed through a contractor, SNC-Lavalin.

Linda Merk discovered that the president and business manager of Ironworkers Union Local 771were double dipping on their travel expenses.  Raise the matter "in house”  and then went to the police.  She was fired.  The Supreme Court will hear Merk's case, while police continue to look into her original accusations of fraud.

Brian McAdam was a 30-year veteran Foreign Service officer in Canadian diplomatic missions in the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, South America and Asia. In 1991 he documented evidence of corruption at Canada's foreign mission in Hong Kong and the cover-up by the Chretien government.   He took an early retirement.

Russell Mills, was fired from his job as the publisher of CanWest's Ottawa Citizen when he called for the resignation of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien who had lied repeatedly in the case that has become known as Shawinigate

Dr. Nancy Olivieri, a scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children and clinical professor at the University of Toronto discovered evidence suggesting that a drug she was testing might be life threatening. Apotex Inc. which partly funded her research insisted that she should not publish her results and threatened legal action if she were to inform the patients in the trials.  The U of T showed its concern for health and scientific integrity by refusing to intervene, of course, the fact that at that time the U of T was negotiating with Apotex Inc. for a multimillion dollar donation for a new building presumably had nothing at all to do with the matter.  After a Report vindicates Dr. Nancy Olivieri, she took a leave of absence to pursue her research.

Corporal Robert Read, a veteran RCMP officer associated with the report called “Sidewinder”, which has been ignored due to political pressure.   The RCMP ordered Read to resign or be fired for his actions.  The RCMP Adjudication Board recommended that the Commissioner of the RCMP reinstate Read.  The RCMP rejected the recommendation to reinstate whistleblower.

Ron Robertson dismissal is the latest in a series of events which began in 1998, when he came forward with concerns the force had been infiltrated by organized crime.   (Edmonton Sun) 

Louise Ross, who worked in the Prime Minister's Office as the assistant to the professional photographer for the House of Commons, found out that the photographer was using House of Commons equipment for his own benefit. She went to her superior and said that she thought that was wrong.   She was fired.

Michael Sanders, financial analyst, Office of the Superintendent for Financial Institutions, blew the whistle on the absence of sufficient safeguards to protect taxpayers against the collapse of major financial institutions. He was fired from his job.

Bob Stenhouse, a much-decorated, 18-year veteran of the force with extensive undercover experience, landed in hot water in 1999 when he disclosed RCMP plans for outlaw biker gangs to Yves Lavigne which appear in the book Hells Angels at War.  Stenhouse was found guilty of discreditable conduct and ordered to resign.  A court ruled his disciplinary hearing was unfair and ordered a new one  which ruled he should be reinstated.   In June of 2004 he was reinstated and then immediately suspended with pay while the RCMP awaits a new court-ordered disciplinary hearing.

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