Pt 1: Doug Tipple - Doug Tipple was hired to carry out huge reforms in the Public Works department. One year into his three-year contract, he was fired and the public service labour relations board ruled his dismissal was a sham and cover-up. CBC reporter Julie Ireton brings us the story. (Read More)
Pt 2: The Hunter - They say one man's trash is another man's treasure ... Well, in Darren Atkinson's case, it's also his job. We take you into the world of dumpster diving. (Read More)
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Whole Show Blow-by-Blow
Today's guest host was Jim Brown.
It's Tuesday, July 20th.
Industry Minister Tony Clement says he won't back down on a plan to make the long-form census voluntary, even though experts say the move will lead to skewed and unreliable data.
Currently, Clement argued that the government's decision was based on a scientific survey of irate callers to radio phone-in shows.
This is the Current.
Tipple - Talk Tape
Doug Tipple was hired to save the government billions, but by the time the final tally is made, his treatment in the public service will cost the Canadian government, and taxpayers millions.
About four years ago, he was head-hunted from the private sector to carry out huge reforms in the Public Works department. One year into his three-year contract, he was fired.
CBC learned that late last week, the public service labour relations board ruled the senior public servant's dismissal was a sham and a cover-up. A termination orchestrated to protect the government and avoid scandal.
CBC Reporter, Julie Ireton has been digging into this story for more a year. She is the 2010 Michener-Deacon Fellow, investigating issues in the federal public service. She joined us from Ottawa.
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The Hunter (Doc Repeat)
A lot of you are probably taking a little break from work this summer. But it will just be that - a break. Because for a lot of us, our work defines who we are.
So what are we to make of a man who makes his living collecting other people's garbage? To a lot of people, dumpster divers are a marginal lot.
But when Dominic Girard did some job shadowing with Darren Atkinson, he found someone who approaches his vocation with a philosophical and entrepreneurial spirit.
FYI: Work In Progress has a summer series featuring the best of The Current's year-long look at the work we do and how it shapes who we are. You can listen on Tuesday mornings at 9:30am and Thursday afternoons at 2pm on Radio One. Or check out the website to listen to the latest episode.
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