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Supreme Court denies chronic stress WCB claim after employee reacted to disciplinary letter

By Adrian Miedema

The Supreme Court of Canada has denied an employee’s claim for workers’ compensation benefits (WCB) for ‘chronic stress’, which he said resulted from a disciplinary letter that followed years of conflict over another workplace issue.

The employee, a park warden with Parks Canada, had for years argued that park wardens should be armed when carrying out law enforcement duties. He filed a health and safety complaint that generated internal complaint processes and a number of court cases and appeals.

Parks Canada received a request under access-to-information legislation and instructed the employee to disclose certain data on his work computer so that it could comply with the request. Parks Canada was not satisfied that he responded properly, so it gave him a letter notifying him that he would be disciplined if he did not provide an adequate response to the access-to-information request…

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