Campbell River fights award to firefighter
Don Harrison CanWest News Service January 15, 2005
Campbell River firefighters are steaming mad after one of their own had a disability award for kidney cancer challenged by government.
A 57-year-old fireman won a WCB claim after he had one kidney removed when it developed a tumour. Disability payments started in May.
However, two months later, the District of Campbell River appealed the award and made a submission to the board in mid-November. The firefighter continues to receive his benefits, but the WCB will decide on overturning the award in March.
"Everyone is quite upset at this," said Campbell River Fire Fighters Association president Reid Wharton.
The fireman, who does not want his name used, worked for the Campbell River Fire Department for 30 years. He developed the tumour just before retirement in 2000. He is cancer free now.
In provinces such as Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario, a number of cancers such as kidney, brain, bladder, non-Hodgkins' lymphoma and leukemia can be considered known firefighting hazards. For firefighters with decades on the frontlines, that means an automatic disability pay.
This is not the situation for B.C.'s 3,300 professional firefighters. But the WCB approved the Campbell River man's claim on its merits.
"It's pretty disheartening that they (district officials) fight you on it," added Wharton. "I don't understand their motives on this one."
Campbell River District human resources department manager Pat Mulcahy, who recommended the district file the appeal, said "It's a WCB decision, not a district of Campbell River decision" to uphold or overturn the award.
"In this case," Mulcahy continued, "we discovered the WCB had commissioned a research project from Cancer Care Ontario into this very subject. That report was published in November of 2004 and we said (to the WCB) 'please review the case using the data in your report.'"
© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2005
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01-15-2005, 09:43 AM #1
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01-15-2005, 10:25 AM #2
Anything to save a dollar... which you can they parade about saving come re-election time.Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.
01-15-2005, 11:27 AM #3
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