A labour arbitrator has ruled that former Toronto police chief Julian Fantino defamed two officers and violated their collective agreement when he suddenly disbanded their plainclothes unit more than six years ago.
The ruling immediately relates only to Dets. Danny Bell and Everett Elliott, but its principles apply to the other 12 members of the dissolved unit who grieved their sudden transfer to other jobs, George Surdykowski said in his 113-page decision, dated Oct. 24.
“The suddenness and manner in which the transfers were implemented reflects the knee-jerk quality and motivation for the decision to transfer the grievors,” Surdykowski wrote.
“The grievors were transferred willy nilly without warning, explanation, or notice of any allegations against them or any opportunity to respond.”
...the arbitrator found that Fantino’s news release and comments were defamatory.Of course they did! That's the PMO employee who is on leave for the by-election bringing that special Harper magic to the Fantino operation.
Fantino is now the Conservative candidate in a Nov. 29 federal by-election in Vaughan. Stephen Lecce, his director of communications, said requests for comment should be referred to the Toronto police.
Apologies to those who actually came here looking for a substantive response based on the blog post title. You really should have known better though!