On the morning of Feb. 17, 2016, an hour before CBC News reporter Katie Nolan was to be laid off, a message appeared on the news channel’s Twitter account, confirming the broadcaster had been terminated.
“Your contract has been terminated due to non-compliance with the employment agreement,” read the message.
“It has been determined that the reasons for your termination were non-conformance with CBC News policy and practices and CBC News’ code of ethics.”
Nolan, then a correspondent at CBC News in Montreal, had been working for the network since January of last year.
Her new employer at the time, the Toronto Star, offered her a new contract, which included a pay increase of up to $300 a month.
However, it was for a different reason: the Star’s news editor had been suspended.
“He didn’t like my work ethic and he didn’t want me on the air,” Nolan said in an interview.
“I had been writing and editing for six months and I was pretty exhausted by that time,” she said.
The decision came with no warning, Nolan said.
The next morning, she woke up and checked her voicemail to see what had happened.
She quickly decided to file a grievance against her employer, but had to wait until February 27 to do so.
On the night of Feb 20, she was notified that she had been fired.
The reasons she was fired had nothing to do with her work as a reporter, she said, but her dismissal was a result of a change in the terms of her employment agreement.
“It was a pretty big surprise to me.
I didn’t know what was going on, what was happening.”
The termination was a significant blow to Nolan, who had worked for the Star for two years, and she was unsure what would happen next.
But, she had learned the hard way that a news network is supposed to follow the news with facts and the facts are not always right.
Nolan has filed a grievance, and is looking to have the contract back, but she doesn’t know whether she will ever be reinstated.
“The news organization should be a free agency for anybody.
But that freedom has been taken away from us,” Nolan added.”
As far as I’m concerned, that’s a betrayal of what journalism is all about.
If the news organization is not free, then what is it for?”