Robbie King remembered
On July 10, I attended the memorial service for Robbie King.
It was a very moving service and I would like to extend my condolences to his family.
We should be proud of King’s accomplishments.
My relationship with him goes back to 2002.
As a member of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal I was assigned as the employer representative to hear the appeal he had filed.
It was an extensive and complex claim going back to 1992.
Because of his injuries, the process of hearing the appeal took a number of weeks to complete.
I have to say that he gave the best-articulated presentation of all the hearings I participated in.
The issue came down to a distinction between the words “impairment” and “disability.”
To a layperson these terms may seem interchangeable. In the world of Workers’ Compensation, as we learned at the time, these terms were not well-defined and the distinction between them was important in King’s case.
His appeal was successful, and ultimately upheld by the Yukon Supreme Court.
I have come to understand that as a result of his individual efforts and perseverance this ruling is now used in many other jurisdictions to assist in adjudicating similar cases.
Robbie King made an impact.
His individual efforts have helped injured workers resolve disputes with WCB not only in the Yukon, but also across Canada.
For my part, he helped me gain a deep insight into the workings of WCB.
Thank you, Robbie, for your efforts.
I endeavour to live up to the trust you placed in me. I shall remember you.
Pen pals in Afghanistan
The top 10 excuses for not writing our troops:
10) I don’t have time. (Did you know they work 14-hour days?)
9) I don’t know where to write. (See below)
8) This is somebody else’s war. (Did you know they arrested 17 terrorists in Toronto?
7) I’m not good at putting words together. (So fake it!)
6) Hey, lots of other people are writing, so I don’t have to. (That’s what most people say. Hello, empty mailbox.)
5) I can’t afford postage. (A stamp costs 52 cents, while a pack of smokes is more than $10.)
4) I just don’t know what to say. (Just say something nice.)
3) My dog ate my homework.
2) I can’t find a mailbox. (Bet you can find the liquor store.)
1) I’m apathetic!
Any Canadian soldier — OP Archer
Box 5058, Stn. Forces
Belleville, Ontario K8N 5W6
I dare you to prove me wrong!