Nurse believes she was fired for criticizing Chatham-Kent Public Health’s anti-abortion connections – CBC

Carolyn Martin got email from Ontario health unit saying she didn’t provide medical note for absences

Jan 17, 2023

A veteran Chatham-Kent Public Health nurse has been fired, and believes it was because she spoke out against the southwestern Ontario health unit’s connection to an anti-abortion service provider.

Carolyn Martin was terminated last month, roughly a week after speaking with CBC News about CK Public Health listing Refuge as a resource for women and families. The private organization, founded by Right to Life Kent, is run by a director with “pro-life” views, facts that aren’t always clear to pregnant teenagers and adults before entering.

Martin, a CK Public Health nurse for 20 years, disagreed with the health unit’s affiliation with Refuge, saying she felt compelled to speak out after trying to effect change internally for years.

Officially, the 54-year-old lost her job because she didn’t provide a sick note, according to emails from a human resources officer. But Martin believes her termination is linked to her going public about her opposition to some CK Public Health policies.

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