HR Resources Newsletter Archives

HR Resources Newsletter Archives December 2009

Vol.2 No.25, December 17, 2009


Most of us have received the following joke memo in our inboxes, but we thought it would be fun to reprint it here. We can all identify with the frustration of planning a work event. Enjoy!
The Editor

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Human Resources Christmas Memo

December 1

I am happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will take place on December 23rd at Luigi's Open Pit Barbecue. There will be lots of spiked eggnog and a small band playing traditional carols ... feel free to sing along. And don't be surprised if our CEO shows up dressed as Santa Claus to light the Christmas tree! Exchange of gifts among employees can be done at that time; however, no gift should be over $10.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Patty Lewis
Human Resources Director

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December 2

In no way was yesterday's memo intended to exclude our Jewish employees. We recognize that Hanukkah is an important holiday that often coincides with Christmas (though unfortunately not this year). However, from now on we are calling it our "Holiday Party". The same policy applies to employees who are celebrating Kwanzaa at this time. There will be no Christmas tree and no Christmas carols sung.

Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Patty Lewis
Human Resources Director

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December 3

Regarding the anonymous note I received from a member of Alcoholics Anonymous requesting a non-drinking table, I am happy to accommodate this request, but don't forget, if I put a sign on the table that reads "AA Only", you won't be anonymous any more. In addition, forget about the gifts exchange-no gifts will be allowed since the union members feel that $10 is too much money.

Patty Lewis
Human Researchers Director

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December 7

I have arranged for members of Overeaters Anonymous to sit farthest from the dessert buffet and pregnant women closest to the restrooms. Gays are allowed to sit with each other. Lesbians do not have to sit with the gay men; each group will have its own table. Yes, there will be a flower arrangement for the gay men's table. Happy now?

Patty Lewis
Human Racehorses Director

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December 9

People, people-nothing sinister was intended by wanting our CEO to play Santa Claus! Even if the anagram of "Santa" does happen to be "Satan", there is no evil connotation to our own "little man in a red suit".

Patty Lewis
Human Ratraces

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December 10

Vegetarians - I've had it with you people!! We are going to hold this party at Luigi's Open Pit whether you like it or not. You can just sit at the table farthest from the "grill of death", as you put it, and you will get salad bar only, including hydroponic tomatoes. But, you know, tomatoes have feelings too. They scream when you slice them. I've heard them scream. I'm hearing them right now... HA! I hope you all have a rotten holiday, you hear me?

The ***** from Hell

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December 14

I am sure I speak for all of us in wishing Patty Lewis a speedy recovery from her stress-related illness. I will continue to forward your cards to her at the sanitarium. In the meantime, management has decided to cancel our Holiday Party and give everyone the afternoon of the 23rd off with full pay. Happy Holidays!

Terri Bishop
Acting Human Resources Director

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From the HR Resources Database ....

Employers' Liquor Liability: Paternalistic Obligations or Personal Responsibility?
Shelley Timms

Employers are regularly changing their approaches to conducting business including their relationships with employees often as a result of prompting from the courts. Today, benefits often include an employee assistance program; and alcohol and drug policies are a necessary part of the company manual. At the same time, a part of maintaining employee morale is providing firm events such as a Christmas party or summer picnic during which alcohol is served. At one time, each person was responsible for his or her own consumption and while taxi chits or hotel accommodation might be offered to prevent people from driving after drinking, the function was considered to be a perk, not part of employment responsibilities. Safe drinking was the responsibility of the employee.


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ICES Report: Is There A Doctor in The Emergency Department?
Ben Chan

Ensuring that there are enough physicians to staff the emergency department (ED) is a major issue for hospital managers. According to a recent ICES Practice Atlas on ED Services in Ontario (Chan et al.2001), this task may become increasingly difficult. From fiscal year 1993 to 2000 , the number of physicians working in EDs declined by 21%, from 2,525 to 1,987.

The Damage Done
Randy Bundus

To what extent are managers and supervisors responsible for the safety of employees who choose to drink at staff functions? How is liability apportioned when a person drives drunk and injures or kills himself or herself or others, after an office event? These questions have formed the backdrop for many recent legal cases on employer liquor liability

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Clinical Resource Nurse (RN) - Hamilton
RN Opportunities are available in Barrie and area
RPN Opportunities are available in Wasaga Beach
Registered Nurses - Hospice Caledon
RN & RPN positions - Homewood Health Centre, Guelph, ON
Exciting Nursing Careers at Interior Health, BC
Registered Practical Nurses - Opportunities are available in Newmarket, Richmond Hill & Thornhill
Opportunities in the new Complex Respiratory Care Program
Opportunities for RN's in the Chronic Health Care Program
Registered Nurses, OBS/Rehab - West Parry Sound Health Centre
Registered Practical Nurses - Durham Region, Fairview Lodge - Whitby, ON
Registered Practical Nurses - Durham Region, Lakeview Manor - Beaverton, ON
RN, Diabetic Education Centre, Centenary Site - RVHS, Scarborough, ON
Nurse Practitioner Clinical Director - Central East CCAC
Positions available across Canada for RNs; RPNs; LPNs
Your Life's Work…In Our Piece of Paradise - VIHA, Vancouver Island, BC
Six (6) Permanent PT RNs, Medicine Care - NBGH, North Bay, ON
Three (3) Permanent Pt Rns, Complex Continuing Care/Rehabilitation - NBGH, North Bay, ON
Six (6) Permanent PT RNs, Medicine Care - NBGH, North Bay, ON
Two (2) Permanent FT RNs + Two (2) Temporary FT RNs +One (1) Permanent PT RN, Acute Inpatient Psychiatry Unit - NBGH, North Bay, ON
Three (3) Permanent PT RNs, Surgery Care Centre - NBGH, North Bay, ON
Registered Nurse - The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
Registered Nurses - Opportunities in London / Middlesex & Huron County
Palliative / Oncology Nurses (RNs) - North Simcoe Muskoka (Based in Barrie)
Occupational Health Nurse - Rouge Valley Health System , Ajax, ON
Paediatric RNs in Wellington County including: Guelph, Puslinch, Clifford, Palmerston, Mount Forest and Erin
Mental Health Nurses in Wellington County including: Guelph, Puslinch, Clifford, Mount Forest & Palmerston
Nurse Practitioner - Adult - Mental Health Program - St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, ON
Clinical Nurse Specialist - Trauma & Neurosurgery - St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, ON
RN opportunities are available in Peel & Halton Region including Mississauga, Brampton, Etobicoke, Oakville and Milton
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RNs & RPNs - Opportunities in Ottawa & Eastern Counties: including: Nepean, Carleton Place, Cornwall, Glengarry and Rockland
Registered Practical Nurses - Opportunities in Niagara Region including: Niagara Falls, Welland, St. Catharines & Port Colborne
Community RNs for the Home Chemotherapy Team - Peel Region - Mississauga & Brampton
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Vice President, Prevention and Screening Programs - Cancer Care Ontario, Toronto, ON
Vice President, HR & Organizational Development - Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene, ON
Senior Program Consultant, Labs - MOHLTC, Toronto, ON
President & CEO - Credit Valley Hospital Foundation, Mississauga, ON
Program Director Surgery - Humber River Regional Hospital, Downsview, ON
Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences - Douglas College, New Westminster, BC
President and CEO - Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Winnipeg, MB
CEO - Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Regina, SK
Director of Residential Services - St. Joseph's General Hospital,Comox BC
Skilled Webmaster - Longwoods Publishing, Toronto, ON
Clinical Planning Analyst - Clinical Education - Sidra Medical & Research Center, the Doha Qatar
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February 25-26, 2010: Ottawa, ON. Healthy Workplaces in Action: Working Together to Deliver Quality Care. The 2010 QWQHC Summit is an excellent opportunity to increase your understanding of the importance of healthy workplace environments; learn from and be inspired by individuals and organizations taking action; strengthen networks and connect with colleagues to share experiences, practical strategies, and resources. Early bird deadline ends on November 30th. Register now by clicking here.


December 15, 2009

Rik Ganderton will continue in the role of President and CEO of Rouge Valley Health System on a long-term basis
Christine Chadwick to HOK Health Care as Vice President and Market Sector Leader
Shona Elliott to Chatham-Kent Health Alliance as President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. David Higgins to President of St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
Andrew J White of IT World Canada Inc. passed away after an 18 month battle with cancer
Cameron Love, Vice-President, Planning, Support Services and Clinical Programs of The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) to interim CEO of the Community Care Access Centre, Ottawa
Dr. Michael Fehlings, Medical Director, Krembil Neuroscience Centre, recently won the Olivecrona Award for his research in the field of spinal cord injuries (SCI).

December 8, 2009

Carlos G. Dourado to President, Merck
Michael Mundy to Partner, Odgers Berndtson:
Thomas A. Bernes to Vice-President, The Center for International Governance Innovation
Mark Bain to Partner, Torys LLP
Paul Lévesque to Chair of the Board, Rx&D
Paul Lepage to Vice-President and General Manager, Healthcare Delivery solutions, TELUS
Dougal Macdonald to Vice Chair, Bloorview Kids Foundation, Toronto ON
Dr. Benjamin Alman to Vice-Chair, Bloorview Kids Foundation, Toronto ON
Tom Muir to Chair, Bloorview Kids Foundation, Toronto ON
Valerie McMurtry to President and CEO, Bloorview Kids Foundation, Toronto ON
Kathryn Giffen to Chair, Women's College Hospital, Toronto ON

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