Language discrimination at Oromocto Public Hospital

Jun 14, 2012 Full story: 8

Letters to the Editor:

My name is John Lowther and I am a retired military medical radiation technologist with more than 29 years experience in the X-ray field.

I have been deployed to Afghanistan, Bosnia and was recently in Haiti after the earthquake devastated their country.

Serving as chief technologist on all these deployments, Iíve worked on NATO and coalition forces as well as with civilians.

Retiring in 2005 and relocating to Oromocto, I began working at Oromocto Public Hospital as an X-ray technologist, first as a casual and now as a permanent part-time employee.

Recently we had a full-time position become available but apparently I am not qualified enough to work at OPH as I do not speak French.

In the 6.5 years of working here, I have never had any problems being able to communicate with my patients.

A recent competition for this job went out to the technologists within the Horizon Health zone three area. There were four techs who applied for this position.

A tech with 20 plus years, one with 17 plus years, myself with 29 plus years and a tech with six plus years.

The tech with six plus years was awarded the position as she was French. She later turned down the position.

It is apparent that experience is not a priority. The position then should have gone to the tech with 20 plus years as she has the most seniority within the network.

But to slap us in the face a second time, Horizon Health decided to run another competition but this time, extend it to the rest of the province.

Apparently they had only had one applicant who happens to be French.

The closing date for this competition was the April 27. This tech, who was a student, did not write her final exam until the May 15 and is still awaiting results.

It seems Horizon Health has reserved this position for her and she will be starting a full-time position on the June 18.

I think itís time that the language commission takes a hike as it only serves one language.

John Lowther

Oromocto, N.B.

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former Kebecer

Saint-laurent, Canada

#1 Jun 14, 2012
The rampant anti-English discrimination disease that has crippled my home province has apparently mutated as it crosses the border. There is no question that the person LEAST qualified to perform this task was chosen because of allegedly superior French skills (I wonder what their level of English is as the standards for the two language groups are and have been MARKEDLY different).

There should be an investigation into the practices of this hospital and if there is government funding provided for it, that funding should be immediately suspended as I am pretty sure we do not knowingly fund discriminatory practices outside Kebec.

Fredericton, Canada

#2 Jun 14, 2012
Way to go John. You and the other techs at the OPH deserve more respect than what has been afforded you all. This situation is a disgrace and blatant discrimination. Time the government of NB began to govern on behalf of all of its citizens. Showdown time is coming upon us very fast!!!! Next election we will have to have a new party - apparently we cannot trust any of the present parties.

And to former Kebecer, your suggestion about aborted funding is a good one - we should not be funding discriminatory governments or public agencies, services.

Toronto, Canada

#3 Jun 14, 2012
Slowly people are starting to see just what has been and is going on in Canada.

Fredericton, Canada

#4 Jun 14, 2012
And you served this country how many times! We wonder why our english speaking medical techn. and health professionals are moving to the USA for employment.

Since: Sep 10


#5 Jun 14, 2012
Worried wrote:
And you served this country how many times! We wonder why our english speaking medical techn. and health professionals are moving to the USA for employment.
Worried, there are already two stories on here of people who could not get a job at OPH because the spoke only Einglish.

You can meet them and learn more here.

Anglo Society of New Brunswick

Canadians United Against Forced Bilingualism
Lucky Lucy

Ottawa, Canada

#6 Jun 18, 2012
John, you will be the one who will have to teach the newbie as well. Just another way to slap the face.

Since: Sep 10


#7 Jun 19, 2012
If the Oromocto Public Hospital gives you a hard time over this, then a sit in or occupy of their offices may be necessary.

Moncton, Canada

#8 Jun 19, 2012

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