Monthly Archive: February 2017
A Toronto court is hearing arguments today over whether TTC employees should be subject to random drug and alcohol testing, a policy which was supposed to be implemented on March 1 but has now been bumped pack to April 1.
The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113, which represents more than 10,000 TTC workers, has filed an injunction over the TTC’s Fitness for Duty policy and the case is headed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto today.
The random testing, which will affect 20 per cent of all TTC employees in “safety sensitive” positions, was approved by the TTC board at a meeting on Nov. 30, 2016.
The TTC says a third-party will generate a random list and employees who are selected will have to submit to a breathalyzer for alcohol and provide a saliva sample for drug testing.
Under the transit agency’s previous policy, only new employees were subjected to drug and alcohol testing. The TTC was also able to test active employees when there was “reasonable cause.”
In a factum submitted ahead of this week’s hearing, the TTC said there have been 291 documented incidents where workplace safety concerns arose in connection with employees. In 141 of those incidents, the TTC suspected or confirmed that alcohol or drug use was a factor.
“Between 2010 and the present, over 11,000 drug and alcohol tests have been conducted. The results of those tests, as well as accident and other evidence, indicates that drug and alcohol continues to be a significant problem for the TTC, a threat to its safe operation and to the safety of the public,” the factum read.
The TTC went on to say that between October 2010 and December 2016, at least 15 transit operators were charged with impaired driving. During that same time frame, the TTC says they received 45 reports of TTC employees using and or trafficking drugs or using alcohol while at work.
Bob Kinnear, the president of the ATU Local 113, told CP24 Tuesday that the union has questions how the TTC gathered their statistics.
“We believe some of the statistics they’ve incorporated into that report are from incidents that may have occurred off the job… Despite that, even with the numbers they have, it doesn’t prove a systemic problem,” he said.
“The Supreme Court has already ruled in order for an employer to impose random drug testing, they have to prove a systemic problem.”
He said the larger problem is with the efficacy of the testing itself.
“This swab testing is inconclusive. The science community has a consensus that it is not conclusive and does not determine impairment at the time,” Kinnear added.
“So what the TTC is asking out employees to do is accept a form of testing and hope that the TTC gets it right every single time. And if they get it wrong just once and have a positive false test, that could mean someone’s employment.”
The TTC had initially said random drug and alcohol testing would be implemented on March 1 but that date has been pushed back to April 1 due to the injunction application.
“This case is really about whether or not an employer in a unionized workplace can on his own, unilaterally, decide whether they want to test people for drugs and alcohol,” Clayton Ruby, the lawyer representing the TTC union, told CP24 Tuesday.
“The criminal code allows it but employers are not allowed in Canada to do that. Not without a really extremely dangerous workplace. This one isn’t.”
In a horrific incident, a mother was filmed kicking her toddler brutally sans any mercy. The child was crying and this probably irritated the woman. To vent her anger over the noise she started throwing and kicking the very little kid down a flight of steps.
This footage was captured by an observer in Southeast China, in the Guangdong province. It shows the brutal woman shouting at the infant as she beat her again and again with her feet against the tiled floor.
As she assaults her victim, she yells, ‘Still crying?’ in Mandarin.
The clip has more than 8 million views till date. Most viewers were outraged over the incident.
The scene was such, that if the woman was not stopped, she might have probably killed the baby. For her, the irritation caused by the crying of the child was more of a concern than the innocent toddler’s life.
The person who captured the incident hardly recorded 6 seconds of the brutal assault. He posted it at around 3 pm, Chinese time, on social media. When people saw it, they reacted harshly because of which the police was forced to act.
The sad part is that while it was clearly an act of felony assault on an infant, all the Beijiao Police did was they gave the abuser a ‘verbal warning’ not to repeat it again. The child is in the custody of the abuser’s parents now, and she has been restrained from meeting the victim further.
The woman is from central China’s Hubei and she is 27-years-old. Her surname is ‘Chen’.
When questioned by the police about the incident, Chen said that she found it difficult to control her behaviour because she had been under a lot of stress recently. She added that when the baby cried, she lost control and assaulted her daughter to release the mental stress.
Medical assistants assessed the child for physical injuries and cleared her for the same.
Imagine if a man did the same, he would have been in jail for attempted murder by now. We live in a very gynocentric society where women are presumed to be victims even if they try to kill a child.
Is the Roman Catholic Church involved in Pizzagate? Was a pope murdered because of his knowledge of an elite and secret organization’s connection to pedophilia? Is the current pope dismissing the scandal as fake news because he knows the names involved? Is our government working with the church to cover up the truth? David Zublick breaks it all down in this report!