Had the pleasure of sitting in for Richard Cloutier on Thursday Morning. And it’s always fascinating to make that transition from what we refer to at the Station as “The Toy Department” (Sports) to the more serious nature of News.
So a few thoughts about some of the topics discussed this morning. Starting with a conversation with “Radar” Rodney Bolianaz about what could be a landmark ruling in the courts regarding the potential tossing of thousands of traffic tickets.
In case you missed it- a Winnipeg woman had her 18 month old photo radar ticket ruled invalid by Provincial Court Judge Mary Kate Harvie on Wednesday. The rationale being that 4-5 months is a reasonable amount of time to wait for a court date. A year and a half is not.
But as the former Winnipeg Police Service member advised 680 CJOB listeners. And his credentials include a 26 year stint with the WPS as an instructor in the testing and operation of laser and radar equipment, as well as a liaison to Manitoba Justice. So the man knows of what he speaks. The thousands of ticket holders waiting in the queue may not wanting to be doing the happy dance just yet.
According to Bolianaz, there is a myriad of paper work and constitutional argument to maneuver through to “state your case” for unreasonable delay. And the time involved might wind up becoming more costly than the 221 to 385 dollar ticket you are fighting.
Wanted to point this out because my first reaction was “oh boy- anarchy on the streets with no regard for doing the speed limit. Get a photo radar ticket in the mail? Not to worry. After 18 months it can go into the shredder.”
By the way. Manitoba Justice will only say the Crown will be reviewing the decision to determine whether the matter will be appealed. And there will be no further comments at this time.
Also spoke with Manitoba Human Rights Executive Director and Counsel Isha Kahn about an upcoming appeal of a Manitoba Court of Queens Bench decision to reverse a lower court ruling that favored Linda Horrocks of Flin Flon and her employer, the Northern Regional Health Authority.
Back in 2012, Ms Horrocks was suspended, and eventually dismissed from her job with the NRHA because of problems stemming from showing up at work with the smell of alcohol on her breath. Ms Horrocks filed a complaint with Manitoba Human Rights, alleging her employer had not done enough to accommodate her needs due to alcohol addiction.
Coles notes version. A September, 2015 Human Rights adjudication ruled in favor of Ms Horrocks. The NRHA was ordered to make changes to properly accommodate an employee with addiction issues. And the employer was also on the hook for 10 thousand dollars for injury to Ms. Horrocks dignity. There was also direction from the Adjudicator for Ms Horrocks to undergo an assessment from an addictions expert before she was eligible to return to work.
That was the decision that was reversed by the higher court earlier this month. And there will be an appeal from Manitoba Human Rights.
Never having been faced with the challenge of battling an addiction, I have no comprehension of what a person with that issue in their daily lives deals with. So Ms Horrocks will have a completely different view of the proceedings than I would.
But the question to be asked. And not just regarding Linda Horrocks- but of any employee with an addiction problem. Is the safety of anyone being compromised if this employee continues with their daily duties in the work place? That would be my concern as a co-worker, or someone whose health and well being depended on the ability of employees with addictions.
It’s the proverbial slippery slope. No matter which side of the debate you are on.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and for listening.
Looking forward to your company again tomorrow (Friday Morning) at 9:05 a.m.