This week the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) got caught with its pants down and its dink hanging out. Apparently they had 40 or so of their trusted and loyal employees in the IT department train temporary foreign workers from India. The plan was to lay the original workers off then keep the temporary ones  as outsourced employees with no chance of either seeing minimum wage or becoming Citizens in the process. 

A whistleblower brought it to the attention of the nation – one of the trainers slated to lose his job, and the nation agreed. At least one union considered withdrawing its pension fund, the feds are going to have a critical look at their temporary foreign workers program, and I wasted a significant amount of time getting pissed off at the injustice of it all – mostly because I found a job for someone with a disability at and I had an image of them being the good guys of the banking system

RBC responded buy saying that all the banks are doing it. That reminded me of the time I used to spend in the principal’s office explaining that, “Everyone else does it.”

“I don’t care about everyone else. I’ talking about you.” He said while getting another teacher to put me into a Full Nelson in preparation for my weekly corporal punishment.

I, and RBC, were the ones who were stupid enough to get caught.

Then the CWEO did something predictable, He apologized to the 45  workers and told them they would not lose their jobs. He did it publicly in all the national newspapers. He didn’t say they were going to keep the jobs they have now, but he would find work for them.

I suppose this means there will be 45 disgruntled computer scientists working as tellers in remote areas of the country.

Over the years I have become increasingly cynical about apologies. Here are a few:

Todd Bertuzzi apologizing to Steve Moore: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIHNMi98iL0

Tiger Woods and his father Earl regarding Tiger’s college romp:  “I have let my family down, and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect.”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NTRvlrP2NU

Bill Clinton: “Indeed I did have a relationship with Miss Lewinsky that was not appropriate. In fact, it was wrong … I misled people, including even my wife. I deeply regret that.”

Mel Gibson: “I want to apologize specifically to everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words that I said to a law-enforcement officer the night I was arrested on a DUI charge.”

Mark Sanford” “The bottom line is this: I have been unfaithful to my wife … I hurt a lot of different folks. And all I can say is that I apologize.”

Kanye West ” It starts with this…I’m sorry Taylor”

Apologies seemed to have worked for these guys, and I suppose It’ll work for RBC as well. I was apologized to once, although it seems a little silly and insufficient at the time – especially considering the court costs I put them through, and the resulting settlement. I remain annoyed. But that’s beside the point. I signed something that said I shouldn’t write about it.

There was another apology that another employer almost gave me bu saying “I owe you an apology.”

“What are my chances of actually getting it?” I asked.

“You won’t.” she said.

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .
He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Aint no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.
He is an active ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”
He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.




  1. Sharon Says:

    I tried to leave a comment, but something went wrong. I’ll try again. Apology, tee hee. I don’t trust celebrity apologies either, but the hockey player did seem contrite. Mark Sanford? He’s running for Senate.

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