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Canadian priest faces labor hearing after calling staff a ‘kindergarten’

December 15, 2009

A Canadian priest is facing accusations of harassment, verbal abuse, and bullying after referring to his staff of hospital chaplains as a “kindergarten.” Father Gerry Ward, a priest of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg and head chaplain of St. Boniface General Hospital, allegedly called a nuclear medicine doctor “the lady who glows in the dark” and permitted a nun to be called “Attila the Nun.”

Defending himself in an arbitration hearing from three employees seeking punitive damages, Father Ward insisted that he was not violating Manitoba’s Respectful Workplace Policy.


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  • Posted by: rpp - Dec. 16, 2009 1:23 AM ET USA

    [eyes rolling]

  • Posted by: - Dec. 15, 2009 1:11 PM ET USA

    Father Ward dared to criticize his staff, even engaging in name-calling? Has Canada become a nation of implacable whiners, or is it somehow only the government that strains at a snub and swallows an abortion?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 15, 2009 10:43 AM ET USA

    Although not setting a great Christian example, it sounds as though Father Ward does indeed preside over a kindergarten.