CFN – Social media really has changed the way that people communicate. The biggest factor is speed and access.
Anyone can virtually post just about anything, and on sites like Facebook and You Tube they can go viral quite quickly.
One of the hottest stories here in Canada are the charges against Senator Mike Duffy.
Now these are charges. Mr. Duffy has not been convicted; but he has been in the public eye since the bribery scandal broke over 16 months ago.
He has endured an immense amount of exposure and criticism and at the end of the day may in fact be worthy of some.
A local council candidate in Cornwall Ontario (about an hour from Ottawa) , Brock Frost, took a swipe at Mr. Duffy early this morning posting a link to an Ottawa Citizen story covering the latest chapter of Duffygate.
What a shameful, despicable and greedy man.
You will get what you deserve dear Senator. I am sorry I even shook your hand.
There’s some deeper irony in that Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger and two councilors were indicted along with our Waterfront Committee for moving into an in camera meeting illegally. They were not alleged, but condemned in a report from Commissioner Stephen Fournier; but nary a word of condemnation from Mr. Frost who besides stating that he’d donate his council salary to charity, giving out chocolate kisses at an area nursing home, also recently bought a local hockey team that was about to be disbanded.
..if any politician ever gets formally charged in Cornwall I will be the first to comment.
I can promise you that.
Mr. Frost was not the first, nor even in the top ten to comment on the Fournier report condemning the mayor and council members of the committee.
When confronted Mr. Frost ducked and ran rather than deal with the issue; but the President of his hockey team’s booster club piped in.
Mr. Crowder is listed as a supervisor at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. When confronted by another person about the obvious commenting on patients he tried to spin it.
Hazel Harding responded for the Hospital regarding their policy when it comes to Social Media and patient confidentiality.
The Ottawa Hospital takes the protection of personal health information entrusted to us by our patients very seriously and works to prevent privacy breaches from occurring. The hospital has a policy on the use of social media that places the protection of patient privacy as a primary expectation.
For background: Examples of violations to our policy include “posting messages that disclose confidential patient information/data” and “using social media to store, post, send or distribute patient or confidential information, copyright material or other content which is subject to third party intellectual property rights.” Our policy also states that “any individual who violates this social media policy will be subject to appropriate remedial action and/or discipline up to and including termination.”
Ms Harding added that this issue is currently under investigation.
People are human. When in a hospital many are at their most vulnerable. Even if Mr. Duffy were guilty as charged surely he deserves better than having his situation discussed by hospital supervisors publicly in Social media?
Mr. Crowder clearly either knew he’d over stepped the line or was told so as his comments were in fact removed; but not before many viewed them. Mr. Crowder also belongs to what many people consider a hate group on facebook locally. Asked about being active in the group while using the River Kings logo as his profile picture he stated that he changed it out of respect to the team.
That would beg the question as to his judgement of the group in the first place? Surely if the group were not a hate group then there’d be no issue using the team logo as his profile picture?
A local Corus radio station host also tweeted about Mr. Duffy, this time using his weight as an issue.
With Rob Ford and Mike Duffy making news headlines, I kind of fell like its the year of the heavy set guy! [Jimmy] pic.twitter.com/OWecGzDnyZ
— Variety 104 (@Variety104) July 18, 2014
In 2014 we have Gay Marriage, some areas with legalized Marijuana. Surely we’re at a stage of societal development that people should not be attacking others based on their religious beliefs, skin colours, or physical issues or handicaps?
Mike Duffy; who has had heart and health issues in the past is facing his own challenges. His trial will be a whole other issue; but from using his charges for political gain, to attacking him for his weight, to having his personal info released surely the values publicly present here in Cornwall can use some review?
Maybe looked upon on individually there might be some free passes given; but collectively it shows an insensitivity at least, and something far more darker culturally at worse.
What do you think CFN viewers? You can post your comments below.
Brock Frost and Mike Crowder were asked for comment before publication; but did not submit a comment.
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