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UCP nominee Dale Johnson disqualified for firing employee following domestic dispute

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Dale Johnson has been disqualified as the United Conservative Party’s nominee for Lac Ste. Anne-Parkland in next year’s provincial election, after the party discovered he paid $5,584.60 to an employee he fired with whom he was in a romantic relationship.

A January 2015 ruling in response to an employment standards order shows Johnson fired his bookkeeper, Janice Janiten, following a physical altercation between the pair that happened on Nov. 12, 2012.

Employee was fired after physical altercation

The document said Janiten had gone to Johnson’s home to confront him because she believed he was cheating on her, and she likely struck him first. The pair were both injured in the altercation, before Johnson « confined » Janiten and attempted to drive her home.

She was then fired from her job as bookkeeper at Johnson’s company, Country Automotive Specialists Ltd.

« In this particular case, which is unprecedented in the case law, where the party that is the victim of the assault is also the employer, the situation that caused Ms. Janiten to breach her duty to her employer, existed partially of the employer’s creation, » wrote Judge K.R. Wilberg in the decision.

« In this particular case Ms. Janiten struck only the one blow and I cannot find on the balance of probabilities that the rest of the physical confrontation is her responsibility. In this particular case, what she did does not support termination. »

Wilberg, acting as an umpire, upheld a 2014 order that Johnson’s company was to pay $5,594.60 to Janiten, but did not award any costs to Janiten because he said it was reasonable that the company had appealed the decision.

‘I was the victim of an assault’: Johnson

Johnson said the information published was personal and that he plans to speak to a lawyer before commenting on the UCP’s decision to disqualify him, but there’s one thing he wants to make clear — he was not charged with a crime and is the one who made the complaint.

He also said he paid the required amount at the time of dismissal, but Employment Standards requested more money, hence the reason for the appeal from his company.

« I was the victim of an assault, » Johnson said. 

UCP reviewed Johnson before disqualifying him

The UCP said the party was made aware of the matter after Johnson’s nomination.

« Mr. Johnson failed to disclose the legal matter in question as required. The party takes this matter extremely seriously, » UCP executive director Janice Harrington said in an emailed statement.

« Mr. Johnson was previously made aware that his candidacy was under review pending an investigation. Mr. Johnson has since been notified that he is no longer a UCP candidate. »

Johnson won the nomination on Aug. 22 after a contentious race that saw one candidate retract statements about another candidate, and another candidate disqualified over social media posts involving jokes about sexual assault.

On top of owning Country Automotive Specialists Ltd. in Onoway for 38 years, Johnson was a municipal councillor, deputy mayor, the chair for Alberta’s Persons with Developmental Disabilities program and spent more than a decade on the board of the regional health authority, said UCP Leader Jason Kenney in a statement issued congratulating Johnson on his win.

NDP MLA Oneil Carlier, who represents Whitecourt-Ste. Anne, said there are questions that need to be answered.

« I’m not familiar with the details of the case, but it sounds like there are some questions that need to be answered. Is this another situation like the one with UCP MLA Jason Nixon? »

Nixon, who represents Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre, fired a woman who complained about sexual harassment on a Kelowna worksite in 2005. 

2nd UCP candidate to be disqualified this week

Johnson is just the latest in a string of UCP candidates to be disqualified.

Drumheller-Stettler nomination candidate Todd Pawsey was disqualified this week one day before the nomination vote after he was accused of making « inappropriate » Facebook posts.

« I was open, honest, blunt, and forthcoming (as is my character) about everything — again my posts rip NDP policy, not the groups their policies are about, » Pawsey said in a Facebook post.

And UCP nomination candidate Todd Beasley, who was campaigning for the nomination in Brooks-Medicine Hat, was disqualified days before the vote in July after it was found he had posted Islamophobic comments on Facebook.




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A stunning Water Lantern Festival is coming to Montreal

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What might just be the most magical night ever is coming up for Montreal this year.

The Water Lantern Festival has announced that it will be gracing Mississauga with thousands of floating lanterns later this year, as part of a celebration that spans the entire world.

According to the festival’s official website, the event is a celebration of life with proceeds going towards charities and non-profit organizations within the area.

“Water Lantern Festival brings together individuals from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to join in one emotional and memorable night. At the Water Lantern Festival, we cherish these moments and will do our best to help you have a memorable experience that you’ll never forget as you witness the beauty of thousands of lanterns reflecting upon the water,” the website states.

The festival takes place throughout multiple cities around the world, with the Canadian cities of Quebec, Regina, Vancouver, Hamilton, Calgary, Ottawa, Mississauga, and, of course, Montreal taking part.

For the Calgary event, a date has been confirmed and tickets are already rolling out. Montreal shan’t be far behind, and you can click the Notify Me tab on the event’s site to be kept in the loop.

Expect an evening filled with food trucks, music, lantern designing and finally, a magical launch of the lanterns into the water as the sun goes down.

For our pals over in Calgary, their event includes a floating lantern, a commemorative drawstring bag, a marker, and a wristband. Expect something similar, if not the same, when more details float through about Montreal’s event.

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Euthanasia order on hold for Montreal dog that attacked children

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A pit bull dog that attacked four children and two adults in August 2018 in Montreal North will not be euthanized in the immediate future.

The euthanasia order has been temporarily suspended pending the appeal of a Quebec Superior Court decision.

On Tuesday, Judge Lukasz Granosik rejected a request to halt the euthanasia order issued by the Montreal North borough, which declared the animal a “dangerous dog.”

The City of Montreal has not changed its mind. This is only a delay before it proceeds with euthanizing the dog, a source told the Canadian Press.

Shotta, the one-year-old dog, was in the care of its owner’s acquaintance in August 2018. The dog attacked four children and two adults, causing serious injuries in separate incidents on the same day.

After the attacks, the dog was taken from the home and entrusted to the SPCA.

WATCH: Dog found dead in Angrignon Park

The Road to Home Rescue Support, an American shelter, asked the court if it could take in the dog. Christa Frineau, the dog’s owner, had also asked that Shotta not be euthanized.

Granosik refused to grant the request.

—With files from Global’s Kalina Laframboise

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9 Things To Do In Montreal This Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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Today’s sunny skies have me itching to make weekend plans. I absolutely cannot wait to make the most of this warmer weather. This might be the time to inflate my bike tires and dust off my running shoes…

Whether you want to brush up on your cooking skills, let loose, or fill your stomach with amazing food, there’s an event out there for you. Read on for 9 fun things you can do with friends or a fling this weekend.

TL;DR Read on for 9 fun things you can do in Montreal this weekend.

Let Yourself Go At Dress Up

Where: 185 Avenue Van Horne, Montréal.

When: Friday, March 29, 9:00 p.m.

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