National Newswatch

Syncrude wants judge to dismiss lawsuit of former firefighter with PTSD

Mar 3 2019 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — Oilsands giant Syncrude Canada wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by a former first responder who claims he was wrongfully fired following a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. Michael Swan filed the lawsuit in Alberta Court of Queen's Bench late last year seeking damages for lost compensation and benefits, improper paycheque deductions and in lieu […]

Labour code issues flagged after fatal Canadian Pacific accident in Calgary

Feb 27 2019 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — Documents show a federal investigator flagged labour code contraventions after a Canadian Pacific Railway train conductor died in a workplace accident in a Calgary rail yard last November. A Transport Canada rail safety inspector, delegated by the federal labour minister, raised the issues in a letter Friday to the railway's assistant vice-president of safety. "The employer failed to […]

‘Agonizing decision:’ Documents recount last summer’s Banff bison escape

Feb 3 2019 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — The bison bull was a long way from where he should have been — on provincial grazing lands in west-central Alberta instead of the rugged backcountry of Banff National Park. "We are considering destruction versus capture of this animal," Parks Canada wildlife ecologist Jesse Whittington wrote 11 days after the bull, dubbed M05, crossed the park's eastern boundary. Emails obtained by […]

Former firefighter with PTSD sues Syncrude over suspended benefits, dismissal

Jan 20 2019 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — A lawsuit filed by a former firefighter and paramedic against Syncrude Canada claims the oilsands giant wrongfully denied him benefits and fired him after he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder related to his job. Mike Swan is seeking damages for lost compensation and benefits, improper paycheque deductions and in lieu of reasonable notice, says a statement of […]