My last post was about 'rona restrictions in Britain, here's an anecdote from Canada:
Michelle Dionne was excited about her new job, helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by doing extra cleaning in an elementary school in Darwell, Alta. — about 85 kilometres west of Edmonton.
But last October, after being on the job for about six weeks, her boss at the cleaning company sent out a companywide message — telling employees to download an app on their personal phones that would check their location and ensure they were working their scheduled hours.
Dionne found the request offensive and refused.
"I was at the school working so that I could provide for my son," she told Go Public. "We're not thieves. We don't need an ankle monitor."
Less than two months later, the single mom was fired — her refusal to download the app was mentioned in her letter of termination.
Does it seem right to you that your employer can require you to use your own belongings to help them surveil you??? If you want to track me, use your own darned equipment!
Other Canadians have been asked to download software that helps employers remotely monitor their productivity — such as phone apps that register an employee's location via GPS, and software that monitors the activity of their computer mouse. Others have tracking devices in their vehicles.
It's prompting some employment lawyers Go Public consulted to sound the alarm.
Is personal privacy even a thing in Canada?
The first time I visited Canada was with a friend from my high school days. As soon as the landing gear touched down in Vancouver, my friend said to me half-joking half-serious, "Darren, we no longer have our constitutional rights." Consider the implications of that.