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FP reporter an honoree

MANITOBA'S Muslim community will honour Winnipeg Free Press reporter Carol Sanders and two other journalists at a dinner in April.

Sanders, CBC Radio's Terry MacLeod and Free Press freelance writer Brenda Suderman will receive the Ihsan Award April 11 from Islamic Social Services Association Inc.-Canada.

"This is just our humble way to say thank you for your devotion to building bridges between communities," said Shahina Siddiqui, president and executive director of the association.

The dinner will also honour the province's Muslim women, said Siddiqui, "the many inspiring women who have selflessly contributed to the Muslim community and to Manitoba."

 

Dead girl identified

THE death of a 15-year-old girl on God's Lake First Nation is being treated as a homicide, RCMP said Friday following an autopsy.

She has been identified as Leah Anderson of God's Lake First Nation. Anderson's body was found last Sunday in the fly-in Cree community about 550 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. Dogs had mauled the body. She had been missing since Jan. 4.

The RCMP suspicion of homicide suggests the girl was dead before the dogs came. The reserve culled its stray-dog population shortly after Anderson was found.

Association loses case

THE Canadian Mental Health Association discriminated against a female employee in western Manitoba on the basis of her "perceived" addiction to alcohol when it fired her in 2008, an adjudicator has ruled.

The Manitoba Human Rights Commission said Friday the mental health association used the belief that the woman had an addiction to treat her poorly.

Adjudicator M. Lynne Harrison said in her decision that an addiction to alcohol constitutes an illness and falls within the meaning of a disability under the Human Rights Code.

In this case, Harrison found there was not sufficient evidence to conclude the employee had an addiction that would constitute a disability.

She said it did not matter if the addiction was real or perceived. The evidence indicated her employer and others believed she had an addiction to alcohol, and under the Human Rights Code, a perceived disability can result in discriminatory actions.

The Canadian Mental Health Association-Westman Region had argued the only reason the woman was fired was for misappropriation of funds.

Harrison said she was not convinced there was clear and compelling evidence to support that allegation.

Harrison said the mental health association must pay the woman for lost wages as well as damages of $4,000. The full decision is to be posted on the commission's website, www.humanrightsmanitoba.ca.

-- staff

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 12, 2013 A10

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