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Fire Government Bullies found responsible in death of Robert Duhaime

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Robert Duhaime was verbally abused and harassed to the point of his suicide Aug 31, 2017, by the local government in the RM of Parkdale, SK. Those responsible should step down or be fired without severence pay, and the RCMP should conduct a criminal investigation in the cause of Bob Duhaime's suicide.


In this CBC article, it explains how the Saskatchewan Worker's Compensation Board said, "There is now sufficient information to attribute Robert's mental health issues and his subsequent passing on Aug. 31, 2017, to his employment," and Robert "experienced interpersonal incidents that were excessive and unusual in comparison to pressures and tensions experienced in normal employment."

The Sask WCB also says, "Mr Duhaime's most recent mental health issues will be considered first as an aggravation of his pre-existing condition and then an acceleration that led to his taking his life."

At least three people were found responsible. Bob was belittled and tormented by these people, both by himself, and in front of colleagues. He was also called while off work, making it impossible to avoid the continued abuse.

The CBC article goes on to include some dispicable quotes from Reeve, Dan Hicks:

Asked if Robert was being bullied, he said "that would be a Yes and a No."

"He said there are no plans to discipline the RM staff referenced in the claim, or to review the RMs policies and procedures related to handling of staff complaints and bullying."

"Hicks said verbal disagreements at work are not acceptable, but they happen. He added that the individuals involved apologized to Robert.  Hicks said the RM does have a bullying policy. "There is a right way and a wrong way and I'm not going to sit here and tell you everything was done right but it wasn't the cause of his death," he said.

Reeve Dan Hicks also victim blames: He "claims Robert also cursed at town staff, and that the bullying would not have occurred if his work had met their expectations of the role." Not that his work justifies this behaviour, but It has been noted on social media by people that knew Robert Duhaime that he would never have sworn at staff, and that he was very good at his job. 

Those responsible for Robert Duhaime's death should be held accountable and voluntarily step down, or immediately be terminated from their position. Following that, RCMP should investigate if there should be manslaughter charges laid. 

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