“Health colleges routinely cut deals to shorten suspensions for members caught making fake billings if certain conditions are met, the Star found.
These conditions include ethics and accounting courses, remedial training and requiring the health professional to pay the college’s costs in building the discipline case.
Most professionals disciplined for false or misleading billing were allowed to continue practising after a suspension ranging anywhere from one month to 18 months.
107: number of health-care professionals found guilty of false or misleading billing
99: number of suspensions issued to health-care providers for false or misleading billing
7: number of licences revoked for false or misleading billing”
“In the last five years, nearly 350 officers from police services in the Greater Toronto Area — Toronto, Peel, York, Halton and Durham — and the OPP have been disciplined for what their own services call “serious” misconduct, a Star investigation has found.
Roughly one in five of those officers was disciplined because he or she had been found guilty of criminal offences, including assaulting his or her spouse, drunk driving, possessing drugs and theft.
Nearly 50 of the officers were disciplined more than once; some were nailed for new offences just months after being penalized for past misconduct. One officer was busted for being drunk behind the wheel twice in one week.
Someone with a criminal record would almost never be hired as a cop. But many cops who are convicted of criminal offences are allowed to keep working. Only seven police officers were successfully forced out of their jobs.
Most police discipline cases don’t get reported beyond station walls.
In decision after decision, the officers presiding over the case — the judges — remark how media coverage of the officer’s misconduct would undermine public trust in the police.”
“Twice in the last six months, CRA agents have admitted to me that Canada’s tax collector agency has broken Canada’s privacy laws.
Nobody seems to notice.”
“According to officials at the ministry of public safety, which releases the report each year on RCMP’s crimes, most of the laws are broken during undercover operations.
The police immunity stems from a 1999 Supreme Court ruling that found that while police officers are not immune from criminal liability, Parliament could decide on some immunity if it were in the “public interest.”
In 2003, Parliament tabled an amendment to the criminal code that allowed officers and agents to break laws – with permission – on the condition the acts “were subject to a legal requirement of reasonableness and proportionality,” the 2012 report said.
In addition to the RCMP, the law breaking privileges extend to customs officers and immigration officers.”
“For example, the rights and immunities accorded to [Parliament] Members individually are generally categorized under the following headings:
- freedom of speech;
- freedom from arrest in civil actions;
- exemption from jury duty;
- exemption from attendance as a witness.