It’s an almost unavoidable result of information overload in our increasingly high-tech, instant communications global society: issues, ideas and even tragedies are reduced to clips, quotes and graphics.
And then … on to something else.
While the PEOPLE affected continue to suffer.
I have always believed, however, the PEOPLE are the real story: not the experts, the politicians and/or the pundits.
And nowhere have the real PEOPLE been more forgotten than in the story of the victims of the BC health ministry firings: not just the eight employees who were unjustly targeted, persecuted and fired, but also the impact on their spouses, their children, their parents, their grandparents, their nephews and nieces, their fellow workers, their neighbours …. anyone who knew them and heard, read and watched not just the firings explode publicly, but also the false accusations, the cover-ups, the deceptions and the lies that followed.
Just put yourself in the place of any of the health researchers.
Imagine how you would feel and react if officials where you work made incorrect assumptions and false accusations about you, interrogated you like a criminal, ignored and interrupted your denials …. and then had you fired.
And the accusations against you and seven other co-workers became public! Even worse, the government said the RCMP was investigating you!!!
How would that impact YOU … and your relationship your spouse, your children, your parents, your grandparents, your nephews and nieces, your fellow workers, your neighbours and even shopkeepers/restaurateurs who know you.
What would you say to convince all of them YOU are telling the truth and your accusers … including the government … are not? Who would hire you? How would you pay your bills? How would face everyone around you? What would happen to your home/mortgage? How would your relationships be impacted?
Imagine enduring the shame, the scars, the impacts for years … before the government admitted wrongdoing, began settling your claims and a report by the Ombudsman totally cleared you!
Now you can understand how horrible the impact was on the 8 BC health researchers singled out by the bureaucracy for such treatment and the subsequent disgraceful handling of the issue by the BC Liberal government …. making everything even worse with their own lies.
We should weep for them all … not just the family/friends of falsely accused and fired 46-year-old researcher Roderick MacIsaac, who took his own life a few months later.
And although the Ombudsman has now publicly exposed, condemned the travesty and called for financial compensation for the workers and a scholarship be set up in MacIsaac’s name, is that really enough?
Not in my view.
The PEOPLE impacted must see justice administered to the PEOPLE who did this to them.
ALL those responsibly for this BC tragedy must held to FULL account … not just the bureaucrats, but any politicians who played ANY part in the sordid affair as well.
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