Joe Ghiz and Catherine Callbeck – First Female Premier Catherine Callbeck Never Set Out To Be A Trailblazer (CP Photo)
“The PEI government says it will introduce a number of reforms to its public sector pension plans when the legislature resumes next month, including scrapping guaranteed cost-of-living increases.” Globe and Mail. NJN received this comment from a reader.
Robert Rollback – or a broadside in verse on pensions
By Brandon M.
Once upon a time Prince Edward Island voted red
We looked toward Ms. Callbeck
‘Be premier,’ we said
The first province in Canada to give a woman the lead
We trusted her to know us, what we want and what we’d need Continue reading
Three years after winning more than $300,000 in damages for age discrimination against UPEI, Professor Thomy Nilsson’s human rights award was by and large upheld
UPEI Professor Thomy Nilsson has his Human Rights award confirmed, with lawyer Karen Campbell (Guardian photo)
Professor Thomy Nilsson had his $300,000 plus award against UPEI largely upheld on June 27th, 2013. Nilsson v UPEI PEI HRC 1352-05
The Panel, in their decision, reduced the award by 10% to partially allow the claim by UPEI lawyer Murray Murphy that Nilsson did not look for enough substitute employment after his forced retirement.
UPEI’s mandatory retirement policy was held to be discriminatory by the Human Rights Panel in June 2010. Nilsson et al v. UPEI HRC 1352-05 Continue reading
Canadian Association of University Teachers is investigating the Atlantic Veterinary College for improper behavior
James L. Turk, Executive Director, CAUT launches Ad Hoc investigation at UPEI
Hot on the heels of the conviction of a UPEI professor for tax evasion, CAUT (Canadian Association of University Teachers) has launched an investigation into the Atlantic Veterinary College at UPEI.
While no specifics were given in CAUT‘s May 30, 2013 letter to UPEI, sources tell NJN Network that sexual harassment and other abuses at UPEI are common.
Victims of abusive behavior expect CAUT to hear them in their investigation. Continue reading
A business professor at UPEI plead guilty to four counts of tax evasion
UPEI Professor Sean Hennessey, convicted of tax evasion on money he allegedly defrauded UPEI
Professor Sean Hennessey was accused of failing to disclose more than $45,000 of personal income in each of the tax years of 2008, 2009 and 2010. CBC
The Crown withdrew five other counts against Sean Michael Hennessey of violating either the Excise Act or the Income Tax Act.
Allegations that Hennessey defrauded the University and the Province of Prince Edward Island started the Canada Revenue Agency investigation.
Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas fined Hennessey $30,212 — the total owing from four incidents of willfully evading taxes. Hennessey was given one year to pay the full amount.
He told the court he sincerely regrets his actions.
“This has been a horrific experience…and I will never be here again,” he told the court. Continue reading
The CBC has filed a court application in the PEI Supreme Court to stop a Human Rights Panel hearing into a complaint of disability discrimination against a local journalist with a disability
CBC fights to block Human Rights panel
PEI Disability Alert PRLog – The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a publicly funded broadcaster, has filed a court application in the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island to stop a Human Rights Panel hearing into a complaint of disability discrimination against a local journalist living with a disability.
Stephen Pate, an internet journalist, filed a complaint against CBC News producer Donna Allen and other members of the Press Gallery of the PEI Legislature after they took away his press pass in October 2009.
Pate says the CBC wanted him out of the press gallery due to their bias against people with disabilities. NJN Network has been a vocal critic of CBC’s media bias. Continue reading
A raging human rights battle is being waged on PEI in an ongoing battle for legitimacy between old and new media, as well as accessibility issues for the press
Wayne Thibodeau, Guardian no room in the inn for journalists in wheelchairs (Facebook photo)
By Chris Benjamin, OyeTimes – A raging human rights battle on PEI that highlights an ongoing battle for legitimacy between old and new media, as well as accessibility issues for the press, has garnered surprisingly little media attention.
It began in the fall of 2009, when the explosion of news blogging was a mere gathering of volatile gasses. After unanimously voting controversial news blogger Stephen Pate their secretary/treasurer, members of the Island’s press gallery booted him from their ranks. They claimed the issue was spurious content; Pate says it was his association with a disability advocate group—a violation of human rights law. Continue reading