Leak sessions rile vets’ staff

Information sessions to school bureaucrats on the handling of personal information have prompted a backlash among staff at Veterans Affairs, who fear they’re being used as scapegoats in the privacy scandal that’s rocked the department.

Information sessions to school bureaucrats on the handling of personal information have prompted a backlash among staff at Veterans Affairs, who fear they’re being used as scapegoats in the privacy scandal that’s rocked the department.

Leaked copies of internal department electronic messages, obtained by The Canadian Press, show that one regional manager described the mandatory gatherings as “a farce.”

He dismissed them as an attempt by senior officials in Ottawa to deflect responsibility for the privacy invasions involving critics, such as former intelligence officer Sean Bruyea and ex-military nurse Louise Richard.

The comment — attributed to Ian Watchman, head of audit and evaluation based in P.E.I. — questioned the value of an information session.