CFN – And then there were two. The protest outside of the Cornwall Community Hospital doubled in one day as retired nurse Mary Bray joined part time nurse Christopher Cameron in protesting the hospital’s Bilingual hiring practices that some are saying have stopped job advancement and promotion to full time status.
Both nurses suggested that there is a very real fear factor with Hospital staff and looking at some of the area employment culture it’s hard to argue. We’ve spoken with nurses at the hospital and the Cornwall run Glen Stor Dun Lodge who have shared fear of retribution if they speak out.
One offered that the Union can’t even help because violating a non-disclosure agreement could result in action against staff and the union.
It muzzles dissent and it muzzles whistle blowing, and sadly allows many politicians off the hook.
Tuesday at the United Counties meeting South Stormont mayor Bryan McGillis didn’t find support to with hold funding to the hospital until the policy has been reviewed and issues answered for.
Our efforts to gain a copy of the actual French Language test given to hospital employees has also not met with success yet. Many feel this test is overly strenuous in its rigors to the point that many suggest people with French as their mother tongue might not pass.
In the meanwhile it should be interesting if the protest grows outside of the Cornwall Community Hospital. Oddly silent has been Mayor Bob Kilger of Cornwall and our fair city’s councilors.
In the meanwhile it was interesting to hear Mr. Cameron suggest that the public should be demanding that our MPP Jim McDonell should be petitioning Queen’s Park for assistance. Mr. McDonell not only did not answer our query on this subject he refuses to speak to CFN via phone or email.
What do you think dear viewers of CFN? Should the Hospital revisit their policy and at the very least go “Bilingualism an asset” instead of a requirement?
You can post your comments below.