Violating the “Special Constable Status” awarded to WCB by the Police Act:
Where WCBs have been awarded “Special Constable” status under the Police Act, they have set up ‘investigation units’ to investigate abuse of the system. Yet, according to the Alberta WCB website, “Ninety-nine per cent of WCBâ€™s investigative activity is directly related to claims adjudication (determining benefit entitlement) – criminal prosecution investigations make up less than one per cent.”
If criminal prosecutions are not being pursued in 99% of the cases, what method is WCB using to determine guilt?
If these 99% of the investigations result in a decrease in benefit entitlement, then this would be a penalty inflicted on an injured worker without that worker being given a trial.
In no place in the Police Act does it allow any police officer or “Special Constable” to administer fines or penalties without giving the accused the benefit of a trial.
Yet WCB seems to be doing exactly this.
This is contrary to the Rule of Law under which all Canadian society is based.
I was investigated, a video surveillance was done, they had video of me talking to my 80 year old mom at the front door as she was visiting me from out of town. The report stated that “he stood on his left foot and pointed”, yes, I must admit they caught me, I stood on my left foot and pointed. Oh wait, there is nothing wrong with my left foot or left leg or left anything, the injury is my right side. But I bet they feel they got value paying for their investigator, probably around $5,000 – $10,000 for 10 days. I could have investigated myself for $5,000 – $10,000 . . . trust me, I would have admitted standing on my left foot and pointing. I sure could have used that money they spent on the investigator. It seems like they are spending shitloads of money trying not to pay me any money. I wonder what would happen if they just paid the injured worker instead?
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