Canadian Whistleblowers

The following are stories of recent Canadian Whistleblowers who have had to risk retribution in the public interest.  This list will be updated as more stories become known.



This story is a powerful example of why all organizations need safe channels for disclosing wrong-doing and the harm that can occur to our most vulnerable when they don't.

Canadian gymnasts call for probe into years of abuse: ‘We can no longer sit in silence’

Global News

New Denver man’s appeal of income-tax conviction has day in court

A Supreme Court judge has reserved her decision in the appeal of a New Denver, BC man convicted last summer of not filing his income tax returns for several years.  Justice Lindsay Lyster said she’ll set a date for releasing her decision on Trevor Holsworth’s appeal on February 14, 2022.  Holsworth was convicted last July on seven counts of not filing an income tax return between 2014 and 2017. Three of the non-filings were for personal taxes, and four were for Holsworth’s outfitting company.  Read More


Parks, Plans, Perjury and Persecution

by Lisa Wildman, Marsden, Sask.  Dialogue Magazine, Digital Edition, Vol. 34, No. 4, Summer 2021

This is a story of a small group of people - four seniors and one younger grandmother - who brought forward to all levels of government (local, municipal and provincial) concerns regarding unfair property tax practices in the Regional Parks of Saskatchewan affecting many more.  For their honesty they have been subjected to punishment and for some, the threat of losing their homes, aided by lack of effective oversight and failure to investigate wrong doing by authorities.  See Page 45 of the digital Edition for a summary of the story and p. 74 for full details in the article The Feudal Feifdoms of Saskatchewan by Norm Zigarlick.  Read More

Sask. nurse who was disciplined over Facebook comments wins court appeal

Laura Sciarpelletti · CBC News · Posted: Oct 06, 2020 2:16 PM CT | Last Updated: October 7, 2020

Saskatchewan's highest court has ruled in favour of a nurse who was disciplined after she complained on Facebook about the care her grandfather had received in a long-term care facility.

In a decision delivered Tuesday, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal set aside a decision by the province's Registered Nurses Association that found Carolyn Strom guilty of unprofessional conduct.   Read More

UNBC ‘whistle blower’ claims wrongful dismissal

A former University of Northern British Columbia employee says she was wrongfully dismissed from her position because she blew the whistle on alleged improper conduct by the university’s upper management.

Specifically, in a notice of claim filed at the Prince George courthouse Oct. 14, Heather Sanford is accusing acting president Geoffrey Payne and board of governors chair Lee Ongman of undermining her efforts to ensure the board’s business was being conducted transparently.  Read More

Man suing P.E.I. government for millions seeks contempt ruling over fight for documents

Kerry Campbell, CBC News

Posted Feb. 06, 2020

After government misses freedom-of-information deadline, applicant says there should be consequences.  "This will become their game plan for documents they don't want to release" said Paul Maines, president of a company suing the P.E.I government for $150 million.

A fight over access to more that 1,000 pages of government documents moved from the office of P.E.I's information and privacy commissioner into P.E.I. Supreme Court in Charlottetown Thursday.  Read More

For further details in a related story see:

Small island, big bet:  How P.E.I. lost its on-line gambling gamble

Robyn Doolittle and Jane Taber.  The Globe and Mail.

Feb. 27, 2015.  

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Freedom of Expression or Personal Attack?  Nurse Appeals Fine for Facebook Post

- Whistleblower says she was ostracized after raising concerns about ‘widespread failures’

Cindy E. Harnett.  Times Colonist

February 24, 2019

A lawyer is suing Vancouver Island Health Authority, claiming she was ostracized, labelled as mentally ill and unfairly terminated as director of risk management and senior legal counsel [and whistleblower lead] for the organization after she raised concerns about “widespread failures.”  Read More

Quebec Opinion: Agronomist's fate shows need for stronger whistleblower law

David Bernans.  Special to Montreal gazette

Updated: February 21, 2019

Louis Robert deserves to be praised for upholding the public interest, not fired. Cases like this demonstrate the need for a better law. Read More

W5 Investigates controversial immigration program to bring Chinese Investors to P.E.I

Denise Kimmel. W5 Producer

Published February 8, 2019

Whistleblowers Cora Plourd and Susan Holmes worked for the provincial government of the island province just over a decade ago, tied to a program embroiled in so much controversy they're still feeling repercussions.  Read More


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