In a prior posting, BS – GOV’T HAS A KNACK FOR THAT, I explained in detail how the card game Bullshit is played. Challengers are forewarned when playing The Government Bullshit Edition (2008) that bullshitting overall should never be confused with stupidity, although one should not be too quick to discount that as a possibility. Generally speaking however, you are more likely to find government to have rather intelligent players but who on occasion will defend really bad decisions, taking up positions that defy any sane or reasonable logic.
Remember this? What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Answer: Lipstick.
- When a senior position would become available within OSD, CSC dangled the promotion to Desrochers but in true Charlie Brown 'mean girl' fashion, the football gets snapped away at the last second resulting in anger and humiliation for Desrochers.
- When OSD needed something--like filling one of its many vacant positions in order to meet the demands of the workload--CSC (whose mandate is to hire staff) failed to do so, despite knowing the department was "in crisis" (a direct quote from senior management in its departmental Minutes).
- When OSD needed information updated on the CSC website -- it was like a big favour-- akin to grovelling due to the fact CSC failed to fill vacation staff positions (Communications position: vacant fall of 2007 to summer 2008).
THE BIGGER PICTURE:
March 2010: The Human Rights Commission investigator finally interviews Desrochers (MHRC was first contacted in June 2008). Due to overwhelming evidence of a past connection, Desrochers reluctantly admitted that disability was known and that at the time of the extended stress leave, she had told her supervisor (Chief Operating Officer Anna Beauchamp Schmidt) it was known to her"that medical history went back 15 years prior to employment at OSD."
Desrochers knew about my medical history as a result of an ongoing friendship, spanning twenty years, between our spouses; as part of the hiring committee, she would have known that at some point, accommodation could likely be a factor when they hired me in April 2007, and she would also have known that the overall stress of her department (in total flux with position vacancies) was well beyond the reasonable expectation of a clerk position, even for someone without a mood disorder.
Lawyer, Robert Olson personally testified, on government's behalf, that disability was not known by any government employee at any time. Normally, a lawyer cannot fabricate a defence and then sign for its client, but when the client is government, the response is: he committed perjury--so what?
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|Due to Employment Equity A FEW GOOD MEN* |
has been pre-empted by MEAN GIRLS
already in progress...
Commissioner: Did you go against the Human Rights Code as read?
Supervisor: (quietly) I did the job you sent me to do.
Commissioner: Did you go against the Code as read?
Supervisor: YOU'RE GODDAM RIGHT I DID!!
Commissioner: Well, all right then. Just so I know. RELEASE DA KRAKEN!! --uh, I mean get Olson crackin' on getting rid of the complaint ...
* "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!" Best Ever Movie Quotes: A Few Good Men
This is not a paid endorsement... but Kudos out to Scott Berkun for sharing his brilliant essay papers Why Smart People Defend Bad Ideas online (excerpt):
...one thing I did learn after years of studying advanced logic theory is that proficiency in argument can easily be used to overpower others, even when you are dead wrong. If you learn a few tricks of logic and debate, you can refute the obvious, and defend the ridiculous.