12 Oct

Poor People’s Doctor to Pay MAD 20,000 Fine to Tiznit Hospital…

Rabat- The “poor people’s doctor” must pay an MAD 20,000 fine to the Tiznit Provincial Hospital’s chief for libel and defamation.The Court of First Instance in Tiznit, a town 97 kilometers south of Agadir, sentenced a Moroccan pediatric surgeon, Mehdi Echafai, nicknamed the “poor people’s doctor,” on Monday to pay a compensation fine to the chief of the hospital.The 34-year-old practitioner will also pay MAD 10,000 to the court. Initially, the hospital’s chief medical officer sued Echafai for libel and defamation, demanding that Echafai pay him MAD 80,000 as a compensation for his “insults.”Echafai had posted a video online in February in which he denounced his superiors’ moral harassment, the failing health system, poor management, and corruption within the hospital.The doctor earned his nickname for helping hundreds of families treat their children.Since 2017, Echafai carried out more than 560 free operations for the poorest patients in 8 months in the same hospital, before he decided to resign on July 23 in the midst of defamation hearings.Echafai submitted a complaint to the health minister to protest “corruption” on July 25, deploring the “many dysfunctions of the health sector in general” and the “corruption that is commonplace within the hospital center.” Following his resignation, the doctor’s supporters launched a campaign on social media, called “I’m Doctor Mehdi Echafai” to show their support for him and bemoan his resignation which “deprived the people of Tiznit of a serious doctor, dedicated and honest.” read more

8 Oct

BC backtowork legislation to end Vancouver port truckers strike includes fines of

VICTORIA — B.C.’s Liberal government has followed through with its promise to table back-to-work legislation for unionized truckers on strike at Port Metro Vancouver, with heavy penalties for not complying.Labour Minister Shirley Bond says the legislation calls for a 90-day cooling off period and applies only to the 250 unionized truckers who serve at Canada’s largest port.The legislation includes penalties of up to $400 per day for workers and $10,000 per day for the union or employer for contravening the legislation.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck Bond says the province has secured the services of veteran labour mediator Vince Ready to help negotiate a settlement, but she says talks will only start once the members of the Unifor union return to work.Union officials have said they don’t know how their members will react to the back-to-work legislation.The strike also involves more than 1,000 non-union truckers, who are demanding shorter wait times at the port and standardized rates of pay across the sector to prevent undercutting.Port Metro Vancouver has also warned that any unionized or non-unionized drivers who are not on the job won’t be able to get their licences renewed.The Canadian Press read more