I am writing regarding an article you wrote dated Nov 10, 2011 called,
Some of the Poop on the Pilon vs Cornwall Case, Robert Menagh, Paul Fitzpatrick and the City of Cornwall Axing our Advertising with them because of Anonymous Comments
I was a paramedic for the City until I injured myself at work in Feb. 2007. I sustained a permanent injury which ended my career.
CFN – And that’s how this story begins. Someone that fell through gaping cracks. Actually falling isn’t the right word. Someone that was smashed through the cracks simply for the only reason that they were hurt on the job. A system that didn’t listen, didn’t seem to care, and simply was looking for the cheapest way to rid themselves of someone who simply wasn’t a cog in the machine any longer.
And they couldn’t even bother to retrain her so that she could do something with the rest of her life as Erica didn’t want to just be “disabled” and sit at home.
When you and I are in trouble what do we do normally? We dial 911. When we call for help whether it be Police, Fire, or for a Paramedic do we think about that person racing to our assistance? But what happens to them if they get hurt? Or worse can’t work anymore?
I haven’t seen a story like this since Boxer the Horse in Animal Farm finally broke down. For some reason listening to Erica yesterday in the offices of The Journal in Cornwall Ontario connected me to that story.
What should be done when one of our emergency staff are hurt on the job seems very different than what has happened in this situation.
The reason I am writing is because I am in complete desperation to get assistance with my case.
Imagine feeling that way? Imagine being hurt at the age of 33 and by the time you’re 37 feeling that your life is over? Imagine not having full use of your right arm and being forced to come into work and being told that you couldn’t cut it washing ambulances and doing tasks that simply put in you further pain, but toughing it out as best you could.
Imagine not being able to take medication while at work because it could “impair” your performance. Imagine your employer refusing doctors letters that clearly state positions and having the instructions ignored, and imagine eventually ending up so distraught you end up being psychiatrically treated, and losing everything you have and being forced to go bankrupt.
And imagine waking up at 37 wondering what you’re going to do with the rest of your life, or worse ending it.
This isn’t the first case of this nature in Cornwall Ontario. What is it about City Staff and Management that have led to cases like this one, Marie Anne Pilon, and Diane Shay? There are a handful of others I can’t mention by name that are in various degrees of action right now; from Arbitration to complaint. And there are those that simply are in fear of stepping forward.
Is it time for an inquiry here to investigate why Cornwall is having these issues? Is it the culture emanating from the CAO and management? Is it time that maybe some of these people lose their jobs? Is it time to finally stand up to some of the bullies?
Cornwall is a city of “Don’t Tell”. Project Truth showed that and anyone that did tell is run out of town like Perry Dunlop. That though is for another story.
We will be adding more about Erica’s case as we’re still editing video and following up on the immense amount of material we have to sift through.
My especial thanks to Greg Kielec of The Journal. When I was contacted by Erica I called out to him. In the media it’s not all cut throat. Getting a scoop sometimes isn’t as important as getting it right and Greg will be covering this story as well. His knowledge and experience as a journalist has been immensely helpful in moving this story forward.
As for Erica all she wants at this point is to to have a life and hope. I don’t think that’s too much to ask for. We’re hoping to find a lawyer that specializes in situations like this to assist her.
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Part 1 of Erica’s Story
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