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Re: “Black firefighters file human rights complaint

I am not a reader of The Coast but this article was referred to me by someone who knows me as a friend of Jim Benoit's. All I can say is "WOW"!! Are there 2 Jim Benoit's in the fire department, because the one I know cannot be the same person referred to in this article. The man I know is a kind and caring individual. Racist?? No way! I have seen this man work with members of the black community in at least one of the volunteer organizations he is associated with. A few years ago he had some black neighbours and I believe their children even looked after his kids on occassion. I have not seen Jim since he returned from vacation, but will definitely recommend he get some legal advise. I can only imagine how he is feeling right now. As for lesstalkmoreaction's comments about him being a racist; well friend, it is obvious you do not know Jim at all and shame on you for assuming that everything you read is fact and contributing to these types of insinuations when the man was not even available to defend himself. As for the article itself ... Sounds like the fire department definitely has some issues. I cannot comment on much as Jim is the only fireman I know and he has never really talked to me much about his job other than the occasional fire. It certainly sounds like the black firemen have some issues. It also sounds like information on this article was provided by some individuals with an axe to grind (no pun intended). It always amazes me that certain individuals like to hide behind the cloak of anonimity and make sensational accusations. If the issues are legitimate, and I don't doubt several are, I don't believe this would be the best way to champion a legitimate cause. From reading the comments it sounds like their may be some management issues but then again - it is very easy to comment behind a cloak of anonimity. I believe the author has done a very poor job of sensationalizing what is perhaps some serious issues for this group. Too bad really.

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Posted by jd12157 on 04/14/2009 at 1:56 PM

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