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Letters from the province, March 1: fired store manager is ‘fair to everyone’

Reader Leslie Benisz hopes fired manager Justin Grant gets financial settlement and restores his reputation

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Re: Vancouver store manager who helped feed homeless sues employer for wrongful dismissal

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Of all the managers I worked with, I can say with certainty that Justin Grant was one of the few managers who was empathetic, fair to everyone but assertive when needed. He viewed people as the most important asset in any business or industry.

I even learned from him to be more understanding towards the many customers with difficult behaviors who went through my checkout. And as someone with an intellectual disability, I couldn’t have asked for a more patient and understanding manager in my workplace.

I really hope he gets the financial settlement he deserves and the chance to regain his name, reputation and dignity, because good managers who care about others and work hard to make a difference are often just as difficult to find that loyal employees who work hard and see beyond a paycheck.

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Leslie Benisz, Vancouver

NDP cabinet minister challenges Liberal MP’s opinion

Re: ‘Peter Milobar: big spending for small accomplishments’

To fix the fragmented mental health and addictions system left behind by the BC Liberals, our government has made historic investments over the past four years. Since Budget 2022, we are spending $2.8 billion a year to transform mental health and addictions services in British Columbia and establish a continuum of care.

What Congressman Milobar wrote in his op-ed is simply not true. We are tackling the toxic drug crisis from every angle, including treatment and recovery, and leading the country in safe prescription supply and decriminalization of people who use drugs. Yet BC is facing a growing wave of need, and we will continue to do more.

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The $8 million funding for my ministry mentioned by MP Milobar is, in fact, for people services. Most of this money supports the Community Innovation Fund, which invests in existing community initiatives like 36 Community Action Teams tackling the toxic drug crisis in every corner of the province. The remaining $8 million supports the Stop the Stigma campaign, with partners like the BC Lions and Canucks, because we know addiction shaming has deadly consequences. Much more needs to be done and change cannot happen fast enough, which is why I urge MP Milobar to stand with us and support these measures.

Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions

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