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NOTE: This is the only correspondence I've had with this office to date. The reason for this is eventually explained below.
 
 

 

----- Original Message -----

From: Tom Brown

To: Canadian Human Rights Commission

Sent: Sunday, June 12, 2005 10:43 PM

Subject: Discrimination

 

Thomas Brown

1114 – C Blackwood St. N.

Regina, Sask.

S4X 3E5

 

 

June 12, 2005

 

 

Re: Saskatchewan WCB Claim # 1007 0989 21D

      Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission File # RG-03-024

 

 

To Whom It May Concern:

 

 

By way of introduction my name is Thomas Brown and I’m a 47-yr-old single, disabled father of one. My 11-yr-old daughter and I reside together in Regina SK. In 1997 I was working as a certified utility arborist, and had been employed as such for nearly 16 years. In September of 1997 a very significant change occurred to my work duties. It was at the precise time of this significant change that I sustained serious injury to my cervical spine (neck).

I have undergone 2 surgeries to repair the damage to my neck, the last of which permanently disabled me with a condition known as a "Brown Sequard" syndrome (little to no sensation on the left half of my body - moderate to severe paralysis on the right). In addition to this I still have the severe, chronic pain that the surgeries were meant to relieve.

Regardless that this work injury has been fully substantiated by my former employer, former spouse, family physician, neurosurgeon, and 2 independent radiologists, the Saskatchewan WCB continues to deny me work injury benefits. The board has ignored all medical evidence that supports my work injury claim, including that which they themselves obtained. The only medical opinion the board has accepted is that of its’ own general practitioner, which is based on erroneous and incomplete information.

 

Attached to this email is the most recent of several appeals I have filed. In it I have raised 7 key issues that prove conclusively that the boards’ handling of my work injury claim has been deliberate, dishonest, and extremely bias. Upon your review of this appeal, I am confident you will find the same. Please be advised that all of these issues have been raised in the past, and all have either been outright ignored, or sidestepped by the members of the board at the WCB.

 

I have contacted numerous government officials concerning the boards’ misconduct, including the minister responsible for the WCB. The minister claims it would be inappropriate for her office to interfere with the boards’ decision-making process. She also claims to have ensured that a fair and appropriate process was followed.     

 

Of particular interest, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission has also refused to investigate into the complaints I have filed with them. Regardless that I have proven the board exceeded its’ jurisdiction, and violated my right to non-discriminatory treatment, the SHRC has dismissed these complaints with, “The commission does not act as an appeal body to the WCB.”

 

I have never received any compensation for my work injury, and have been unemployable since it occurred. For nearly 8 years now I have been forced to support my daughter and I with my Canada Disability Pension. Only with subsidy from Social Services do we just manage to get by. The most frustrating part of this is that I know I sustained a work injury, and am entitled to work injury benefits. I am also aware that the means in which the WCB continues to deny my work injury claim, far exceed its’ jurisdiction, and violate my right to non-discriminatory treatment.

 

Although it may be seem hard to believe after 8 years, my determination has remained intact, and I will not relent until this wrong has been put right. It is my sincerest hope that your office will assist me in this undertaking.

 

 

Sincerely, Tom Brown

 

 

 

 ----- Original Message -----

From: INFO COM

To: t_brown@accesscomm.ca

Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2005 4:35 PM

Subject: Re: Discrimination

 

Thank you for your e-mail of June 13, 2005, sent to our info.com
address.

We have reviewed the details of your request for assistance and must
inform you that the Canadian Human Rights Commission is not able to
provide the help you require.  Our enabling legislation, the Canadian
Human Rights Act, empowers the Commission to investigate allegations of
discrimination in employment and in the provision of services, within
federal jurisdiction only.  This would exclude the matter in question.

I would suggest that you contact your Member of the Legislature and/or
the Saskatchewan Ombudsman; the latter's telephone number is:
1-800-667-7180.

You may also wish to consult the following:

ARCH - Advocacy Resource Centre for the Handicapped
110 - 425 Bloor St. East, Toronto, Ontario M4W 3R5
Telephone 416-482-8255  TTY 416-482-1254
Website:  www.arch-online.org


Council of Canadians with Disabilities
926-294 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB
Tel & TTY  204-947-0303
Website: www.ccdonline.ca
E-mail: ccd@ccdonline.ca


I hope that the above information is helpful.  Thank you again for
writing.


Intake Services / Services d'accueil
Telephone/Téléphone 1-888-214-1090 | TTY (teletypewriter)/ATS
(téléscripteur) 1-888-643-3304
Fax/Télécopieur  613-996-9661
info.com@chrc-ccdp.ca  |  www.chrc-ccdp.ca 
Canadian Human Rights Commission | 344 Slater Street, Ottawa ON  K1A
1E1
Commission canadienne des droits de la personne | 344 rue Slater,
Ottawa (Ontario)  K1A 1E1
Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada
 

 
There has been no further correspondence to date.
 
Normally I would post an email address for the Canadian Human Rights Commission, which would enable readers to comment on these proceedings. However, I’m of the feeling that this might well be the one government body with a bona fide reason for not becoming involved in my situation. 

 

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"Appealing the Saskatchewan Workers Compensation Board" – Click here 

 

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