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Before you blow the whistle, STOP!
Although we would like to be able to help whistleblowers more actively, our resources are limited. In addition, Canada offers few to no protections for whistleblowers. Even in the federal government, the new Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner has found only one case of wrongdoing after 5 years. Proceedings in labour relations boards are frequently tainted and internal grievance processes useless against senior managers. Reprisals are still the order of the day.
And that’s just the public sector. In the private sector, you have no protections unless you are reporting a crime. Even there, you are at the mercy of system.
So the most important thing for you to do before blowing the whistle is to make sure you are prepared for the fight. We can provide advice on that.
Need some quick tips on protecting yourself when blowing the whistle?
Please read our page of Advice for Whistleblowers and Dissenters (PDF, 240 KB).
(For a more comprehensive treatment, visit our Links and Books Page.
It has several excellent books on the topic.)
Our main activities at present are limited to building a support network for whistleblowers and providing a social venue for whistleblowers – a place where they can meet like-minded individuals who may be able to offer advice.
We may also be able to help you in other small ways, for example by:
- Help you assess your initial position
- Proofreading documents you prepare
- Advising you on possible courses of action and likelihood of success
- Helping prepare access to information, freedom of information and private information requests to government agencies
- Connecting you with other whistleblowers in similar situations
- Accompanying you to sensitive meetings
- Acting as a silent witness in email exchanges, keeping a file open on your case
Note that while we would like to help more, we have learned that the effort required to analyze and treat complex cases is beyond our current capacity to provide. Thus, help beyond basic advice and social support is contingent on volunteers being available. Some members may also be willing to help you for an honorarium or donation to Canadians for Accountability. There is no fee for contacting us, however, and everything will always be completely confidential.
|Make sure to visit our About Accountability and Whistleblowing section. It has information about whistleblowing, bullying and reprisals.|
|If you’re an employer, a union or a human resources representative, we may be able to help you, too. Contact us for more information.|
Created: September 11, 2008