Article by The Leaf News
Two employees of the federal civil service were sacked after being caught using and distributing cannabis at work, according to a new disclosure posted online by Public Services and Procurement Canada.
PSPC is the government department responsible for handling issues such as procurement, property management and payroll for the rest of the federal civil service. The department made the incident public because of the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act, which requires federal departments to post quarterly reports of any wrongdoings in the workplace.
According to the disclosure report and information provided by a PSPC spokesman, the department received a tip in July 2017 alleging that two employees were consuming and trafficking small quantities of a cannabis derivative at work at a government facility in the Ottawa region.
Both employees were casual workers. An internal investigation confirmed the pair had consumed marijuana within working hours and within Public Services and Procurement Canada premises. They also provided the marijuana to other casual employees on government property during work hours. Both employees had their contracts immediately terminated.
The PSPC spokesman wouldn’t say exactly what kind of “cannabis derivative” was involved. Presumably, it could have been some kind of edible cannabis product or a concentrated oil.