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Canadore College says a leader in addiction treatment services for more than 25 years is the new director of the Northern Ontario Addictions Treatment Centre of Excellence. Wendy Prieur has accepted the position.

Civida Board Chair, Mr. Paul Whittaker, announced today that the Board has hired Gord Johnston as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Civida, effective January 1, 2022. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Gord Johnston to Civida,” said Paul Whittaker. “Gord brings a wealth of knowledge in family and community services, strategic and executive leadership, and people centred service delivery, and we look forward to his expertise and leadership as we plan for the future of Civida.” Gord Johnston comes to Civida from Strathcona County, where he has spent the last six years in the role of Associate Commissioner, Community Services Division, and worked closely with many community partners in strategic planning and capital investments related to community infrastructure, including housing.

A care worker who was sacked over a post on her Facebook calling Muslims ‘fanatical bigots’ has won a case for unfair dismissal, but has been given no payout. Linda Henderson was sacked after bosses at Ashgill Care Home in Glasgow discovered posts of her social media Muslims should ‘go back to [their] own country’. Other posts on her Facebook said there were ‘no decent honest Muslims’ and that the Scottish Government should focus on jobs for ‘our own kind’. She won her case for unfair dismissal at an employment tribunal after the care home refused to consider a letter from her son claiming he posted the comments Her Facebook page named her employer, and she was found to have breached their social media policy. Ms Henderson admitted to writing the post railing against immigration but denied posting the statement about Muslims, claiming it was written by her son. But managers didn’t believe the claims and Ms Henderson was later sacked. She won her case for unfair dismissal at an employment tribunal after the care home refused to consider a letter from her son claiming he posted the comments. Employment judge Robert King said Ms Henderson’s ‘culpable and blameworthy conduct in breaching the respondent’s social media policy was the sole cause of her dismissal’. He added it was ‘just and equitable to reduce her award by 100 per cent’. The tribunal heard that Ms Henderson began working at the care home in November 2015 as an activities co-ordinator. In January 2019, her manager, Rosemary Jalloh, received an anonymous text which contained screenshots from her Facebook page dating back to September 2014. One post stated: ‘Alex Salmond wants MORE IMMIGRANTS? ‘We can’t feed and support our own kind as it is we don’t NEED more immigrants we need jobs with decent wages for our OWN kind.’ The other read: ‘Why are the ‘SO CALLED DECENT MUSLIMS’ allowing their own kind to cause and create terrorism? ‘The answer is there are no DECENT HONEST MUSLIMS. ‘They are all fanatical bigots and it’s time we stood up to them and tell them THIS IS OUR COUNTRY. ‘IF YOU DON’T LIKE OUR LAWS THEN LEAVE. ‘GO BACK TO YOUR OWN COUNTRY.’ Ms Jalloh saw Ms Henderson had named the care home as her employer on the site and found the posts breached the home’s social media policy. Ms Henderson appealed the decision and offered a letter from her son claiming he had written the post – but bosses refused to consider it as it had been presented too late. Judge King found this was an error and the letter should have been considered.

A Langley man has been appointed the new president and CEO of a faith organization that operates 21 senior-living communities across B.C., including three in White Rock. Marc Kinna was announced as the head of Baptist Housing in a news release issued Monday. He replaces departing CEO Howard Johnson.

Three Burnaby city councillors have resigned from the dominant Burnaby Citizens’ Association over disagreements regarding subsidized housing. Councillors Colleen Jordan, Paul McDonell and Dan Johnston submitted a joint letter of resignation on Wednesday, Feb. 5, Johnston said in an interview.

Video has surfaced of a 92-year-old mother confessing to shooting her 72-year-old son dead after he threatened to put her in a nursing home. Anna Mae Blessing was arrested last year for shooting her son Thomas dead. Blessing, who dies in November in hospice care while awaiting trial, says in a video interview with police that she had two guns stashed inside her dressing gown. She told police that as Thomas came towards her she fired multiple rounds at her only son. “I can’t remember the calibre, it was a good size one,” she said. “I backed up and I pulled the trigger, and it broke the mirror and I don’t know what I did. Then Tom was going to come at me again so I pulled the trigger … I’m sure the second round hit him.”

David Carr has given notice of his resignation as the Chief Executive Officer of the Manager of Vital Healthcare Property Trust.

Extendicare will nominate Samir Manji and Norma Beauchamp as directors at its upcoming annual general meeting to be held on May 30, 2019.