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Birch, Greg

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Van Ham, Kerry


Monday, May 09, 2016 11:07 AM
De Vlieger, Henk
*TOT- Council; Birch, Greg; Brennan, Meghan
RE: Employee Suspension

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Mayor De Vlieger,
The press release of last week speaks for itself, in which it states this. The people that are commenting have read the
release. They are making their comments based on that. These people are requesting that their comments are passed
along to Council, in which we are doing. We do not diminish or restrict comments when people request that Council _ _ _
have the comments.
Thank you,

Kerry VGU1ttlam.Administrative Services Manager


Town of Taber
A - 4900 SO Street
TABER
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-5519
Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Visit our website at http:ljwww.taber.ca
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Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016 10:00 AM
To: Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca>
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Subject: Re: Employee Suspension
Kerry, you can tell people that we are doing a investigating right now, and think it is unfair to give comments until that is
completed. Henk
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On May 9, 2016, at 9:54AM, Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca> wrote:

Good Morning,
I had a call from Robert Fox of Montreal. He wanted to pass his comments to Council as
follows:
"In Mr. Moffatt's social media comments, he did not mention who his employer was- it was a
singular person's opinion, done on his own time, with his own equipment. Secondly, the word
"karmic" doesn't' mean anyone's at fault. It's a grand spiritual plan suggesting these things
happen. Mr. Fox stated that this is a really odd decision of Council. He Is calling on behalf of
Tom and everyone's free speech."

Kerry Vat'1diatn~
Administrative Services Manager
Town of Taber
t
T.\BER- - : A - 4900 50 Street
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-5519
Fax:
(403) 223-5530

Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca


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Farough, Lori
Monday, May 09, 2016 11:40 AM
* TOT - Council
Birch, Greg; Brennan, Meghan; Van Ham, Kerry
FW: Tom Moffat

From: Angela Schlesiger [mailto:aschlesiger@noyenconstruction.ca]


Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016 11:29 AM
To: Farough, Lori
Subject: Tom Moffat
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D.ear_Council,

I greatly appreciate your agreement to suspend Tom Moffat from his employed duties with the Town of Taber in lieu of
his social media made comments regarding the Fort McMurray tragic fire. To wish karma of destruction, the potential
loss of lives & heartbreak on people I animals via a fire is horrible & beyond disrespectful. Anyone employed via
publicly received monies & mocking the very people who work to pay taxes is not a person on employable integrity.
So many people are as thankful as I am that the Town of Taber is making a stand for the integrity & respect of being an
employee in the public sector.

Kindest regards,

Angela Schlesiger, B Comm, CMA


Staff Accountant
780-9983974 Office Phone
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www.noyenconstruction.ca

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Birch, Greg
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De Vlieger, Henk
Monday, May 09, 2016 11:53 AM
Van Ham, Kerry
De Vlieger, Henk; *TOT ~ Council; Birch, Greg; Brennan, Meghan
Re: Employee Suspension

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Hi Kerry, when people phone, do you take there phone

#?

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On May 9, 2016, at 11:07 AM, Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca> wrote:

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Mayor De Vlieger,

The press release of last week speaks for itself, in which it states this. The people that are commenting
have read the release. They are making their comments based on that. These people are requesting
that their comments are passed along to Council, in which we are doing. We do not diminish or restrict
comments when people request that Council have the comments.
Thank you,
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Kerry Va.n,.1lCiU'J11
Administrative Services Manager
Town of Taber
A - 4900 50 Street
Taber AB TlG 1Tl

Phone: (403} 223~5519


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<Megha n. Brennan@taber.ca>
Subject: Re: Employee Suspension

Kerry, you can tell people that we are doing a investigating right now, and think it is unfair to give
comments until that is completed. Henk
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On May 9, 2016, at 9:54AM, Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca> wrote:

Good Morning,
I had a call from Robert Fox of Montreal. He wanted to pass his comments to
Council as follows:
" In Mr. Moffatt's social media comments, he did not mention who his employer
was- it was a singular person's opinion, done on his own time, with his own
equipment. Secondly, the word "karmic" doesn't' mean anyone~s...at..fauJL-Jrs a~---------
- - -- -- -.graild spintual plan suggesting these things happen. Mr. Fox stated that this is a
really odd decision of Council. He is calling on behalf ofTom and everyone's free
speech."
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Keny Vanttlot.m~

Administrative Services Manager


Town of Taber
A - 4900 50 Street
Taber AB TlG 1T1
Phone: (403) 223-5519
fax:
(403) 223-5530
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Birch, Greg
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Monday, May 09, 2016 1:34 PM
De Vlieger, Henk
* TOT - Council; Birch, Greg; Brennan, Meghan
RE: Employee Suspension

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Mayor De Vlieger,
Yes, if they want to provide it. Some of these were voicemails left on my machine, with no return number.
Regards,

Kerry VCUll tltMW


Administrative Services Manager
Town of Taber
A - 4900 50 Street
Taber AS TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-5519

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Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016 11:53 AM
To: Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca>
Cc: De Vlieger, Henk <mayor@taber.ca>; TOT- Council <TOT-Council@taber.ca>; Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca>;
Brennan, Meghan <Meghan.Brennan@taber.ca>
Subject: Re: Employee Suspension
Hi Kerry, when people phone, do you take there phone #7
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On May 9, 2016, at 11:07 AM, Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca> wrote:
Mayor De Vlieger,
The press release of last week speaks for itself, in which it states this. The people that are commenting
have read the release. They are making their comments based on that. These people are requesting
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that their comments are passed along to Council, in which we are doing. We do not diminish or restrict
comments when people request that Council have the comments.
Thank you,
<image004.jpg>

Kerry Vlif,n/llattt~

Administrative Services Manager


Town ofTaber
A - 4900 SO Street
Taber AB TlG 1Tl
Phone: (403) 223-5519
Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Visit our website at http:Uwww.taber.ca
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Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016 10:00 AM
To: Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca>
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<Meghan.Brennc;n@taber.ca>
Subject: Re: Employee Suspension
Kerry, you can tell people that we are doing a investigating right now, and think it is unfair to give
comments until that is completed. Henk
Sent from my iPhone
On May 9, 2016, at 9:54 AM, Van Ham, Kerry <admin(a)taber.ca> wrote:

Good Morning,
I had a call from Robert rox of Montreal. He wanted to pass his comments to
Council as follows:
"In Mr. Moffatt's social media comments, he did not mention who his employer
was- it was a singular person's opinion, done on his own time, with his own
equipment. Secondly, the word "karmic" doesn't' mean anyone's at fault. It's a
grand spiritual plan suggesting these things happen. Mr. Fox stated that this is a
really odd decision of Council. He is calling on behalf ofTom and everyone's free
speech."

<image003.jpg>

Kerry Va.wtlCMH~

Administrative Services Manager


Town of Taber
A - 4900 50 Street
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-5519
Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca
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Birch, Greg
Calgary Article

Subject:

'aln a vain bid to stop writing daft and insulting things, I once stuck a Post-it note above my work computer
demanding I count to 10 before sending any message while in a fit of anger.
It worked like a charm, as I'd quickly rattle off the digits in my head, which provided a few glorious seconds to
come up with even better insults before firing off a totally insensitive missive to some poor fellow.
So, despite pouring scorn on the bloke in a column last week, I must admit to feeling more than an ounce of
sympathy for Tom Moffatt, the suddenly infamous IT manager in Taber who is now suspended over a few
insulting and silly words he tweeted in regards to the Fort McMurray forest fire.
Now there's little argument that his stupid and insensitive phrases about it being karma that the headquarters of
the oilsands and Ground Zero for the environmental lobby was going up in flames was about as crass as
generally polite Canadians could ever manage. And boy, did he find out about karma when he reaped the social
network whirlwind, which of course sent him scurrying for cover, stuttering apologies along the way.
They would prove useless, as such after-the-fact utterances generally are.
Still, that's fair enough. You write something and people have the right to fire back and insult your intelligence,
parentage and even your bathing habits- though sometimes, I wish they'd use a few fresh metaphors and find a
sense of humour to go along with all that weary and righteous indignation.
But why would the town elders of Taber then go on to suspend the man from his job? Just because the pile-on
bullies who salivate over a good old Internet flan1e outing started pressuring them into giving Moffatt the sack
due to something he wrote on his own time? It certainly seems that way. Sure, disown the council from the
comments, but then let it go. After all, he is on your payroll and employer loyalty should count for something,
even in these sad days of use 'em, then lose 'em.
Look, we all say silly things and, in this rapid-fire world of social media, the opportunity to become instantly
infamous hovers before our eyes and fingers to an alarming degree. But unless someone is directly involved in
the matter at hand, then getting suspended from a job that has no such connection to your daft views is a
worrying development in this fishbowl society we seem hell-bent on creating.
At least in 1984, there was only one Big Brother. Today, we are spawning Little Brothers by the millions,
waiting to pounce on any transgression and demand punishment way beyond the initial slip up. Once, the
crowds lined up to get front row seats at Robespierre's revolutionary beheading get-togethers in the Place de Ia
Concorde. Nowadays, they don't have to leave the house -just use a smartphone.

On the topic of famous Frenchmen, how about the comment attributed to Voltaire (yes, I know he didn't
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' actually say it, but, as the marvellous Joan Rivers once would urge, "can we talk"): "I disapprove of what you
say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
Now there's something worth hanging democracy on. There's something to spit into the faces of those twisted
few who slaughtered cartoonists in Paris because they had somehow insulted Allah with a few fairly limpid line
drawings in a satirical magazine.
No, it isn't time for a "Je suis Tom" march. But perhaps it is time to take a refresher course in grace. He shot his
mouth and fingers off and got them burned. There is simply no need for Taber council to throw his career onto
the bonfire. To do so would be much worse than Moffatt's initial silliness. It would be cowardice in the face of
the mob.
Chris Nelson is a Calgary writer.

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Birch, Greg
Friday, May 13, 2016 8:33AM
Brenda Birch (bbirchlOl@gmail.com)
FW: Calgary Article

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Chief Administrative Officer
Town ofTaber
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To: Birch, Greg
Subject: Calgary Article

'aln a vain bid to stop writing daft and insulting things, I once stuck a Post-it note above my work computer
demanding I count to I0 before sending any message while in a fit of anger.
It worked like a charm, as I'd quickly rattle off the digits in my head, which provided a few glorious seconds to
come up with even better insults before firing off a totally insensitive missive to some poor fellow.
So, despite pouring scorn on the bloke in a column last week, I must admit to feeling more than an ounce of
sympathy for Tom Moffatt, the suddenly infamous IT manager in Taber who is now suspended over a few
insulting and silly words he tweeted in regards to the Fort McMurray forest fire.
Now there's little argument that his stupid and insensitive phrases about it being karma that the headquarters of
the oilsands and Ground Zero for the environmental lobby was going up in flames was about as crass as
generally polite Canadians could ever manage. And boy, did he find out about kanna when he reaped the social
network whirlwind, which of course sent him scurrying for cover, stuttering apologies along the way.
They would prove useless, as such after-the-fact utterances generally are.
Still, that's fair enough. You write something and people have the right to fire back and insult your intelligence,
parentage and even your bathing habits- though sometimes, I wish they'd use a few fresh metaphors and find a
sense of humour to go along with all that weary and righteous indignation.
But why would the town elders of Taber then go on to suspend the man from his job? Just because the pile-on
bullies who salivate over a good old Internet flame outing started pressuring them into giving Moffatt the sack
1

. due to something he wrote on his own time? It certainly seems that way. Sure, disown the council from the
comments, but then let it go. After all, he is on your payroll and employer loyalty should count for something,
even in these sad days of use 'em, then lose 'em.
Look, we all say silly things and, in this rapid-fire world of social media, the opportunity to become instantly
infamous hovers before our eyes and fingers to an alarming degree. But unless someone is directly involved in
the matter at hand, then getting suspended from a job that has no such connection to your daft views is a
worrying development in this fishbowl society we seem hell-bent on creating.
At least in 1984, there was only one Big Brother. Today, we are spawning Little Brothers by the millions,
waiting to pounce on any transgression and demand punishment way beyond the initial slip up. Once, the
crowds lined up to get front row seats at Robespierre's revolutionary beheading get-togethers in the Place de la
Concorde. Nowadays, they don't have to leave the house - just use a smartphone.
On the topic of famous Frenchmen, how about the comment attributed to Voltaire (yes, I know he didn't
actually say it, but, as the marvellous Joan Rivers once would urge, "can we talk"): "I disapprove of what you
say, but I wit! defend to the death your right to say it."
Now there's something worth hanging democracy on. There's something to spit into the faces of those twisted
few who slaughtered cartoonists in Paris because they had somehow insulted Allah with a few fairly limpid line
drawings in a satirical magazine.
No, it isn't time for a "Je suis Tom" march. But perhaps it is time to take a refresher course in grace. He shot his
mouth and fingers off and got them burned. There is simply no need for Taber council to throw his career onto
the bonfire. To do so would be much worse than Moffatt's initial siHiness. It would be cowardice in the face of
the mob.
Chris Nelson is a Calgary writer.

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Birch, Greg
Monday, May 16, 2016 9:13 AM
* TOT - Council
Wannop, Devon
Town's Facebook Pages

Good morning,
Mayor De Vlieger asked about the Facebook page that seems to be in Tom Moffat's name and has the Town's logo
featured prominently on it. He asked that I request that the logo be removed. I investigated the matter when I had time
last week and can advise as follows.

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The first step in getting on Facebook is to create an account. Face book requires that a human-type name be given to
create that account. The "Town of Taber" will not work. Consequently, the page Mayor De Vlieger is commenting on is
the Town of Taber's primary account page. It allows us to set up a number of separate pages that can be more specific.
If one looks at the account page, there is very little communication to it and almost nothing put on the page by Mr.
Moffat. It is rarely used.
As mentioned above, once you have an account you can create several pages that are more specific if you want. Hence
there is the main Town of Taber Face book page and there could be ones for police or fire that are also created under
that account. The Town's main Facebook page operates under the Tom Moffat Town account is the active one for the
Town. Several people have access to use it, including Meghan Brennan, Aline Holmen and Cory Armfelt.
We cannot easily change the initial account page to remove Tom Moffat's name but we are exploring options. If we do
remove Tom Moffat's name, the account still has state another person's name and the name assigned to the account
will appear by default. It makes no sense to remove the Town logo because it is the Town's basic Facebook account
page, not Mr. Moffat's. That said, our IT department has full access to this account page. They have now changed the
settings on it to make it more private and less visible to the public. Note that Mr. Moffat set up a separate, personal
account at home for his own use and it was his personal account that was used for the offending comment about Fort
McMurray.

Interestingly, the Taber Police Department and Fire Department have pages of their own that were not set up under the
Town's base account. I did not know that until last week. While you do not see it, those pages run on accounts that have
been set up personally. E.g., Graham Abele: is the account hold~r for the Taber Police Service page, which runs under his
personal account page. It raises the question of what happens if these account holders leave the Town because the IT
department does not have any control over those accounts.
These type of issues are relatively new to the Town and other organizations, and are why we are developing a new
communications policy. The existing policies do not address social media issues. They were written when newspapers,
radio and television were the media. Our policy review was started on a low priority basis several months ago and was
moved up in priority by Council's recent resolution. It should also be noted that it was this larger concern that the Town
of Taber needed to catch up that led to my decision to reorganize last year and the subsequent hiring of someone - Ms.
Brennan - who could spend time looking after this new social media environment.
If you have questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Sincerely,

Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 8:54 AM
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Tuesday, May 17, 201611:22 AM
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Fwd: Mr. Moffatt

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Subject: Mr. Moffatt


Fellow Councilors. You all received the lawyer opinion letter last Friday. I hope you had time to
read it and think about it. Would it be possible for you to have a meeting tomorrow Tuesday at 5
PM to discuss this? please let me know. Just some food for thought about this issue. First of all
we have to do what is best for our community. Secondly this issue could become a hot one
depending the decision we make. The media is waiting for it. It problely will be a you do or you
don't type of issue. Thirdly, freedom of speech is very important in our Country and is part of our
democracy which we have to appreciate. One question you can ask yourself how far does
freedom of speech go. Is it fair to let it affect our community, especially when it comes to Town
employees that represent our Town? What lesson can we learn from this? I pray for wisdom
when we meet. Again please let me know if this time works for you. Thanks Henk

Henk De Vlieger
403.634. 1204

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De Vlieger, Henk
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:47AM
Birch, Greg
* TOT - Council; Wannop, Devon
Re: Town's Facebook Pages

Hi Greg, I am wondering how other communities are doing this? It does not look good to keep him on there. Henk
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> On May 16, 2016, at 9:13 AM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
> Good morning,

>
>Mayor De Vlieger asked about the Facebook page that seems to be in Tom Moffat's name and has the Town's logo
featured prominently on it. He asked that I request that the logo be removed. I investigated the matter when I had time
last week and can advise as follows.

>
> The first step in getting on Facebook is to create an account. Facebook requires that a human-type name be given to
create that account. The "Town of Taber" will not work. Consequently, the page Mayor De Vlieger is commenting on is
the Town of Taber's primary account page. It allows us to set up a number of separate pages that can be more specific.
If one looks at the account page, there is very little communication to it and almost nothing put on the page by Mr.
Moffat. It is rarely used.

>
> As mentioned above, once you have an account you can create several pages that are more specific if you want. Hence
there is the main Town of Taber Facebook page and there could be ones for police or fire that are also created under
that account. The Town's main Facebook page operates under the Tom Moffat Town account is the active one for the
Town. Several people have access to use it, including Meghan Brennan, Aline Holmen and Cory Armfelt.

>
> We cannot easily change the initial account page to remove Tom Moffat's name but we are exploring options. If we do
remove Tom Moffat's name, the account still has state another person's name and the name assigned to the account
will appear by default. It makes no sense to remove the Town logo because it is the Town's basic Facebook account
page, not Mr. Moffat's. That said, our IT department has full access to this account page. They have now changed the
settings on it to make it more private and less visible to the public. Note that Mr. Moffat set up a separate, personal
account at home for his own use and it was his personal account that was used for the offending comment about Fort
McMurray.

>
> Interestingly, the Taber Police Department and Fire Department have pages of their own that were not set up under
the Town's base account. I did not know that until last week. While you do not see it, those pages run on accounts that
have been set up personally. E.g., Graham Abela is the account holder for the Taber Police Service page, which runs
under his personal account page. It raises the question of what happens if these account holders leave the Town
because the IT department does not have any control over those accounts.

>
>These type of issues are relatively new to the Town and other organizations, and are why we are developing a new
communications policy. The existing policies do not address social media issues. They were written when newspapers,
radio and television were the media. Our policy review was started on a low priority basis several months ago and was
moved up in priority by Council's recent resolution. It should also be noted that it was this larger concern that the Town

;
, of Taber needed to catch up that led to my decision to reorganize last year and the subsequent hiring of someone- Ms.
Brennan - who could spend time looking after this new social media environment.

>
> If you have questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact me.

>
> Sincerely,
>
>Greg Birch
> CAO, Town of Taber

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Brennan, Meghan
Thursday, May 26, 2016 12:15 PM
Birch, Greg
Media Call Re Tom

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Hi Greg,
I just received a phone call from a gentleman from Saskatchewan who is considering doing a freelance news story about

Tom. He asked me if Tom was still employed, and I told him that it was a private HR matter I was not privy to and could
et-c-omment-either-way-on;-He-asked-to-spealrto you, and1"totd~hlrrryorrweTe-go"lng-tol>e back'lhTs-afternoon-. ----Just so you're aware when he calls you and you're not caught off-guard.
Thanks,

TABER

Communications und Projects Coordinntor


Town of Ttlber

A- 4900 50 Street
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Brennan, Meghan
Thursday, May 26, 2016 12:15 PM
Birch, Greg
Media Call Re Tom

Importance:

High

Hi Greg,

I just received a phone call from a gentleman from Saskatchewan who is considering doing a freelance news story about
Tom. He asked me if Tom was still employed, and I told him that it was a private HR matter I was not privy to and could
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A - 4 900 50 Street
Taber AB TlG lTl
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Thursday, May 19, 2016 7:28 AM

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Tom Moffatt
Re: Back to work proposal

Subject

Thanks Tom. I will follow through with lawyers today.


Greg Birch
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On May 18, 2016, at 5:38PM, Tom Moffatt <ndptom.moffatt@gmail.com> wrote:

-------------------------

Hello, Greg
I would be happy to work with the town on a back to work plan. Please go ahead and create a
specific proposal. My concerns would be that it is very specific, so there would be no ambiguity
with crossing lines. I would like to see a definition of what is meant by social media, &
provisions for occurrences like my accounts getting hacked or other people using my name. I
would prefer to cancel any social media accounts requsted to avoid any risk.

Sincerely yours,
Tom Moffatt

.j

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De Vlieger, Henk
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 6:34 PM
Birch, Greg
De Vlieger, Henk; TOT - Council; Wannop, Devon
Re: Town's Facebook Pages

Thanks Greg
Sent from my iPhone
>On May 18, 2016, at 12:48 PM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
>Hi,
>
>We are exploring other options. We are learning more about how to set this up and are developing alternatives. You
should see a change coming once we have it figured out.

>
>Sincerely,

>
>
>Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP
> Chief Administrative Officer
>Town of Taber
> 4900 A - 50 Street
> Taber AB TlG 1T1
>Phone: (403) 223-6023
> Fax:
(403) 223-5530

>
>Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca
>

>
> ---Original Message--> From: De Vlieger, Henk
>Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:47AM
>To: Birch, Greg
> Cc: TOT- Council; Wannop, Devon
>Subject: Re: Town's Facebook Pages

>
>Hi Greg, I am wondering how other communities are doing this? It does not look good to keep him on there. Henk

>
> Sent from my iPhone

>
On May 16, 2016, at 9:13AM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
>>
Good morning,
>>

Mayor De Vlieger asked about the Facebook page that seems to be in Tom Moffat's name and has the Town's logo
featured prominently on it. He asked that I request that the logo be removed. I investigated the matter when I had time
last week and can advise as follows.

>>
The first step in getting on Facebook is to create an account. Facebook requires that a human-type name be given to
create that account. The "Town ofTaber" will not work. Consequently, the page Mayor De Vlieger is commenting on is
the Town of Taber's primary account page. It allows us to set up a number of separate pages that can be more specific.
If one looks at the account page, there is very little communication to it and almost nothing put on the page by Mr.
Moffat. It is rarely used.

>>
As mentioned above, once you have an account you can create several pages that are more specific if you want.
Hence there is the main Town of Taber Facebook page and there could be ones for police or fire that are also created
under that account. The Town's main Face book page operates under the Tom Moffat Town account is the active one for
the Town. Several people have access to use it, including Meghan Brennan, Aline Holmen and Cory Armfelt.

>>
->>We-cannot-easily-chan~einittal-accoont-page-to-remove-Tom""Moffats-namebutwe-are-exptorTn-g-oprto-ns.

we
do remove Tom Moffat's name, the account still has state another person's name and the name assigned to the account
will appear by default. It makes no sense to remove the Town logo because it is the Town's basic Facebook account
page, not Mr. Moffat's. That said, our IT department has full access to this account page. They have now changed the
settings on it to make it more private and less visible to the public. Note that Mr. Moffat set up a separate, personal
account at home for his own use and it was his personal account that was used for the offending comment about Fort
McMurray.

>>
Interestingly, the Taber Pollee Department and Fire Department have pages of their own that were not set up under
the Town's base account. I did not know that until last week. While you do not see it, those pages run on accounts that
have been set up personally. E.g., Graham Abela is the account holder for the Taber Police Service page, which runs
under his personal account page. It raises the question of what happens if these account holders leave the Town
because the IT department does not have any control over those accounts.
>>
These type of issues are relatively new to the Town and other organizations, and are why we are developing a new
communications policy. The existing policies do not address social media issues. They were written when newspapers,
radio and television were the media. Our policy review was started on a low priority basis several months ago and was
moved up in priority by Council's recent resolution. It should also be noted that it was this larger concern that the Town
of Taber needed to catch up that led to my decision to reorganize last year and the subsequent hiring of someone- Ms.
Brennan - who could spend time looking after this new social media environment.
>>
If you have questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact me.
>>
Sincerely,
>>
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber

Birch, Greg
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Tom Moffatt <ndptom.moffatt@gmail.com>


Wednesday, May 18, 2016 5:39 PM
Birch, Greg
Back to work proposal

Hello, Greg
I would be happy to work with the town on a back to work plan. Please go ahead and create a specific
proposal. My concerns would be that it is very specific, so there would be no ambiguity with crossing lines. I
would like to see a definition of what is meant by social media, & provisions for occurrences like my accounts
getting hacked or other people using my name. I would prefer to cancel any social media accounts requsted to
--~:~al-Y<YOid-any-r-isk:". ----------Sincerely yours,
Tom Moffatt

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Birch, Greg
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Birch, Greg
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 12:49 PM
De Vlieger, Henk
* TOT - Council; Wannop, Devon
RE: Town's Facebook Pages

Hi,
We are exploring other options. We are learning more about how to set this up and are developing alternatives. You
should see a change coming once we have it figured out.

~nee~~----------------------------------------------------------------Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP


Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Taber
4900 A- 50 Street
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-6023
Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

----Original Message---From: De Vlieger, Henk


Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:47AM
To: Birch, Greg
Cc: TOT - Council; Wannop, Devon
Subject: Re: Town's Facebook Pages
Hi Greg, I am wondering how other communities are doing this? It does not look good to keep him on there. Henk
Sent from my /Phone
> On May 16, 2016, at 9:13AM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
>
> Good morning,
>
> Mayor De Vlieger asked about the Facebook page that seems to be in Tom Moffat's name and has the Town's logo
featured prominently on it. He asked that I request that the logo be removed. I investigated the matter when I had time
last week and can advise as follows.

>
>The first step in getting on Facebook is to create an account. Facebook requires that a human-type name be given to
create that account. The "Town of Taber.. will not work. Consequently, the page Mayor De Vlieger is commenting on is
the Town of Taber's primary account page. It allows us to set up a number of separate pages that can be more specific.

")
, If one looks at the account page, there is very little communication to it and almost nothing put on the page by Mr.
Moffat. It is rarely used.

>
> As mentioned above, once you have an account you can create several pages that are more specific if you want. Hence
there Is the main Town of Taber Facebook page and there could be ones for police or fire that are also created under
that account. The Town's main Facebook page operates under the Tom Moffat Town account is the active one for the
Town. Several people have access to use it, including Meghan Brennan, Aline Holmen and Cory Armfelt.

>
> We cannot easily change the initial account page to remove Tom Moffat's name but we are exploring options. If we do
remove Tom Moffat's name, the account still has state another person's name and the name assigned to the account
will appear by default. It makes no sense to remove the Town logo because it is the Town's basic Facebook account
page, not Mr. Moffat's. That said, our IT department has full access to this account page. They have now changed the
settings on it to make it more private and less visible to the public. Note that Mr. Moffat set up a separate, personal
account at home for his own use and it was his personal account that was used for the offending comment about Fort
McMurray.

>
> Interestingly, the Taber Police Department and Fire Department have pages of their own that were not set up under
the Town's base account. I did not know that until last week. While you do not see it, those pages run on accounts that
have been set up personally. E.g., Graham Abela is the account holder for the Taber Police Service page, which runs
under his personal account page. It raises the question of what happens if these account holders leave the Town
because the IT department does not have any control over those accounts.

>
>These type of Issues are relatively new to the Town and other organizations, and are why we are developing a new
communications policy. The existing policies do not address social media issues. They were written when newspapers,
radio and television were the media. Our policy review was started on a low priority basis several months ago and was
moved up in priority by Council's recent resolution. It should also be noted that it was this larger concern that the Town
of Taber needed to catch up that led to my decision to reorganize last year and the subsequent hiring of someone- Ms.
Brennan -who could spend time looking after this new social media environment.

>
> If you have questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact me.

>
> Sincerely,

>
>Greg Birch
> CAO, Town of Taber

. Birch, Greg
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Birch, Greg
Monday, May 16, 2016 9:13 AM
* TOT - Council
Wannop, Devon
Town's Facebook Pages

Good morning,
Mayor De Vlieger asked about the Facebook page that seems to be in Tom Moffat's name and has the Town's logo
featured prominently on it. He asked that I request that the logo be removed I investigat-ed-the-matterwhen-l'had"tlm
ast-weekand-carradllisea 5f011ows.
The first step in getting on Facebook is to create an account. Facebook requires that a human-type name be given to
create that account. The 11Town of Taber11 will not work. Consequently, the page Mayor De Vlieger is commenting on is
the Town of Taber's primary account page. It allows us to set up a number of separate pages that can be more specific.
If one looks at the account page, there is very little communication to it and almost nothing put on the page by Mr.
Moffat. It is rarely used.
As mentioned above, once you have an account you can create several pages that are more specific if you want. Hence
there is the main Town of Taber Face book page and there could be ones for police or fire that are also created under
that account. The Town's main Facebook page operates under the Tom Moffat Town account is the active one for the
Town. Several people have access to use it, including Meghan Brennan, Aline Holmen and Cory Armfelt.
We cannot easily change the Initial account page to remove Tom Moffat's name but we are exploring options. If we do
remove Tom Moffat's name, the account still has state another person's name and the name assigned to the account
will appear by default. It makes no sense to remove the Town logo because it is the Town's basic Facebook account
page, not Mr. Moffat's. That said, our IT department has full access to this account page. They have now changed the
settings on it to make It more private and less visible to the public. Note that Mr. Moffat set up a separate, personal
account at home tor his own use and it was his personal account that was used for the offending comment about Fort
McMurray.
Interestingly, the Taber Police Department and fire Department have pages of their own that were not set up under the
Town's base account. I did not know that until last week. While you do not see it, those pages run on accounts that have
been set up personally. E.g., Graham Abela is the account holder for the Taber Police Service page, which runs under his
personal account page. It raises the question of what happens if these account holders leave the Town because the IT
department does not have any control over those accounts.
These type of issues are relatively new to the Town and other organizations, and are why we are developing a new
communications policy. The existing policies do not address social media issues. They were written when newspapers,
radio and television were the media. Our policy review was started on a low priority basis several months ago and was
moved up in priority by Council's recent resolution. It should also be noted that it was this larger concern that the Town
of Taber needed to catch up that led to my decision to reorganize last year and the subsequent hiring of someone Ms.
Brennan - who could spend time looking after this new social media environment.
a

If you have questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Sincerely,

!)

_,' Greg Birch


CAO, Town ofTaber

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Birch, Greg
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De Vlieger, Henk
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:47 AM
Birch, Greg
* TOT - Council; Wannop, Devon
Re: Town's Facebook Pages

Hi Greg, I am wondering how other communities are doing this? It does not look good to keep him on there. Henk
Sent from my iPhone

- >Y"10n-Mayi6;'10!6, at 9:! 3A M, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:


>
> Good morning,
>
>Mayor De Vlieger asked about the Facebook page that seems to be in Tom Moffat's name and has the Town's logo
featured prominently on it. He asked that I request that the logo be removed. I investigated the matter when I had time
last week and can advise as follows.
>

>The first step in getting on Facebook is to create an account. Facebook requires that a human-type name be given to
create that account. The "Town of Taber" will not work. Consequently, the page Mayor De Vlieger is commenting on is
the Town of Taber's primary account page. It allows us to set up a number of separate pages that can be more specific.
If one looks at the account page, there is very little communication to it and almost nothing put on the page by Mr.
Moffat. It is rarely used.

>
>As mentioned above, once you have an account you can create several pages that are more specific If you want. Hence
there is the main Town of Taber Facebook page and there could be ones for police or fire that are also created under
that account. The Town's main Facebook page operates under the Tom Moffat Town account is the active one for the
Town. Several people have access to use it, including Meghan Brennan, Aline Holmen and Cory Armfelt.
>

>We r.annot easily cf1<tnge the initial account page to remove Tom Moffat's name ~ut we are exploring optiuns. :f .o~c du
remcve Tom Moffdt's name, the account still has state another person's name and the name assigned to the account
will appear by default. It makes no sense to remove the Town logo because it is the Town's basic Facebook account
page, not Mr. Moffat's. That said, our IT department has full access to this account page. They have now changed the
settings on it to make it more private and less visible to the public. Note that Mr. Moffat set up a separate, personal
account at home for his own use and it was his personal account that was used for the offending comment about Fort
McMurray.
>
> Interestingly, the Taber Police Department and Fire Department have pages of their own that were not set up under
the Town's base account. I did not know that until last week. While you do not see it, those pages run on accounts that
have been set up personally. E.g., Graham Abela is the account holder for the Taber Police Service page, which runs
under his personal account page. It raises the question of what happens if these account holders leave the Town
because the IT department does not have any control over those accounts.
>
> These type of issues are relatively new to the Town and other organizations, and are why we are developing a new

communications policy. The existing policies do not address social media issues. They were written when newspapers,
radio and television were the media. Our policy review was started on a low priority basis several months ago and was
moved up in priority by Council's recent resolution. It should also be noted that it was this larger concern that the Town

It.,
of Taber needed to catch up that led to my decision to reorganize last year and the subsequent hiring of someone Ms.
Brennan who could spend time looking after this new social media environment.
>
> If you have questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact me.

>

> Sincerely,
>
>Greg Birch
> CAO, Town ofTaber

...

..

Birch, Greg
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Birch, Greg
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 12:49 PM
De Vlieger, Henk
* TOT - Council; Wannop, Devon
RE: Town's Facebook Pages

Hi,
We are exploring other options. We are learning more about how to set this up and are developing alternatives. You
should see a change coming once we have it figured out.
Sincerely,

Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP


Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Taber
4900 A- SO Street
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-6023
Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

--- Original Message--From: De Vlieger, Henk


Sent: Wednesday, May 18,2016 8:47AM
To: Birch, Greg
Cc: TOT- Council; Wannop, Devon
Subject: Re: Town's Faceboo!< Pages
Hi Greg, I am wondering how other communities are doing this? It does not look good to keep him on there. Henk
Sent from my iPhone
> On May 16, 2016, at 9:13AM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:

>
> Good morning,

>
>Mayor De Vlieger asked about the Facebook page that seems to be in Tom Moffat's name and has the Town's logo
featured prominently on it. He asked that I request that the logo be removed. I investigated the matter when I had time
last week and can advise as follows.

>
>The first step in getting on Facebook is to create an account. Facebook requires that a human-type name be given to
create that account. The "Town of Taber" will not work. Consequently, the page Mayor De Vlieger is commenting on is
the Town of Taber's primary account page. It allows us to set up a number of separate pages that can be more specific.

<c

'E

It

, If one looks at the account page, there is very little communication to it and almost nothing put on the page by Mr.
Moffat. It is rarely used.

>
> As mentioned above, once you have an account you can create several pages that are more specific if you want. Hence
there is the main Town of Taber Facebook page and there could be ones for police or fire that are also created under
that account. The Town's main Facebook page operates under the Tom Moffat Town account is the active one for the
Town. Several people have access to use it, Including Meghan Brennan, Aline Holmen and Cory Armfelt.
>
> We cannot easily change the initial account page to remove Tom Moffat's name but we are exploring options. If we do
remove Tom Moffat's name, the account still has state another person's name and the name assigned to the account
will appear by default. It makes no sense to remove the Town logo because it is the Town's basic Facebook account
page, not Mr. Moffat's. That said, our IT department has full access to this account page. They have now changed the
settings on it to make it more private and less visible to the public. Note that Mr. Moffat set up a separate, personal
account at home for his own use and it was his personal account that wa.tllsedJor..tbe.ofiending~omment-abeut'-i, =Mt-----McMurFay.
>
> Interestingly, the Taber Police Department and Fire Department have pages of their own that were not set up under
the Town's base account. I did not know that until last week. While you do not see it, those pages run on accounts that
have been set up personally. E.g., Graham Abela is the account holder for the Taber Police Service page, which runs
under his personal account page. It raises the question of what happens if these account holders leave the Town
because the IT department does not have any control over those accounts.

>
>These type of issues are relatively new to the Town and other organizations, and are why we are developing a new
communications policy. The existing policies do not address social media issues. They were written when newspapers,
radio and television were the media. Our policy review was started on a low priority basis several months ago and was
moved up in priority by Council's recent resolution. It should also be noted that it was this larger concern that the Town
of Taber needed to catch up that led to my decision to reorganize last year and the subsequent hiring of someone - Ms.
Brennan - who could spend time looking after this new social media environment.
>
> If you have questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact me.

>
> Sincerely,

>
>Greg Birch
> CAO, Town of Taber

..

..

Birch, Greg
From:
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To:
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De Vlieger, Henk
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 6:34 PM
Birch, Greg
De Vlieger, Henk; * TOT - Council; Wannop, Devon
Re: Town's Facebook Pages

Thanks Greg
Sent from my iPhone
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1248 RM,.Bir.:cb,...Greg..<ga:eg.bitch@..tabeu:a.L.IIII~.r:.;..------------------

>
>Hi,

>
>We are exploring other options. We are learning more about how to set this up and are developing alternatives. You
should see a change coming once we have it figured out.

>
> Sincerely,

>
>
>Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP
> Chief AdministrJtive Officer
>Town of Taber
> 4900 A - 50 Street
>Taber AB TlG 1T1
>Phone: {403) 223-6023
>Fax:
(403) 223-5530
>
>Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca
>

>
> ---Original Message--
> From: De Vlieger, Henk
>Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:47AM
>To: Birch, Greg
> Cc: TOT- Council; Wannop, Devon
>Subject: Re: Town's Facebook Pages

>
> Hi Greg, I am wondering how other communities are doing this? It does not look good to keep him on there. Henk

>
>Sent from my iPhone

>
On May 16, 2016, at 9:13AM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:

>>
Good morning,
>>

;' Mayor De Vlieger asked about the Facebook page that seems to be in Tom Moffat's name and has the Town's logo
featured prominently on it. He asked that I request that the logo be removed. I investigated the matter when I had time
last week and can advise as follows.

>>
The first step in getting on Facebook is to create an account. Facebook requires that a human-type name be given to
create that account. The "Town of Taber" will not work. Consequently, the page Mayor De Vlieger is commenting on is
the Town of Taber's primary account page. It allows us to set up a number of separate pages that can be more specific.
If one looks at the account page, there is very little communication to it and almost nothing put on the page by Mr.
Moffat. It is rarely used.

>>
As mentioned above, once you have an account you can create several pages that are more specific if you want.
Hence there is the main Town of Taber Facebook page and there could be ones for police or fire that are also created
under that account. The Town's main Facebook page operates under the Tom Moffat Town account is the active one for
the Town. Several people have access to use it, including Meghan Brennan, Aline Holmen_andJ:ary..Armfelt.-- - - - - - - -

>>
We cannot easily change the initial account page to remove Tom Moffat's name but we are exploring options. If we
do remove Tom Moffat's name, the account still has state another person's name and the name assigned to the account
will appear by default. It makes no sense to remove the Town logo because it is the Town's basic Facebook account
page, not Mr. Moffat's. That said, our IT department has full access to this account page. They have now changed the
settings on it to make it more private and less visible to the public. Note that Mr. Moffat set up a separate, personal
account at home for his own use and it was his personal account that was used for the offending comment about Fort
McMurray.

>>
Interestingly, the Taber Police Department and Fire Department have pages of their own that were not set up under
the Town's base acrount. I did not know that until last week. While you do not see it, those pages run on accounts that
have been set up personally. E.g., Graham Abela Is the account holder for the Taber Police Service page, which runs
under his personal account page. It raises the question of what happens if these account holders leave the Town
because the IT department does not have any control over those accounts.

>>
These type of issues are relatively new to the Town and other organizations, and are why we are developing a new
communications policy. The existing policies do not address social media issues. They were written when newspapers,
radio and television were the media. Our policy review was started on a low priority basis several months ago and was
moved up in priorit'l by Council's recent resolution. It should also be noted that it was this larger concern that the Town
of Taber needed to ctttc" up that led to my decision tc reorganize last yeJr and the subsequent hiring of :;omeone:- MJ.
Brennan - who could spend time looking after thrs new social media environment.
>>
If you have questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact me.

>>
Sincerely,

>>
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber

Birch, Greg
Henk De Vlieger <devlieger.henk@gmail.com>
Monday, May 23, 2016 9:47 AM
* TOT - Council; Birch, Greg; Van Ham, Kerry; Grant Hunter; Martin.Shields@parl.gc.ca
Fwd: Facebook censored me for writing a conservative message- here's proof

From:

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To:
Subject

Interesting how even face book gets politically censored. It becomes harder and harder find and to hear the real
both sides of the story. It scares me if social media can be manipulated to. With the position we are in we need
both sides of the story to make a honest and balanced decision, in order to preserve our democracy. Just some
food for thought. Henk
---------- Forwarded message ---------From: Lauren Southern <Lauren@therebel.media>
Date: Mon, May 23, 2016 at 9: 17 AM
Subject: Facebook censored me for writing a conservative message- here's proof
To: Henk Devlieger <devlieger.henk@gmail.com>

Dear Henk,
A friend of mine was banned from Facebook because he wrote a comment
in support of Donald Trump.
Then I wrote a Facebook post about my friend being banned - so I was
banned too!
I didn't use profanity; I didn't say anything racist or sexist - nothing
remotely close to violating Facebook's written community standards rules.
I just said something conservative, and mentioned how Facebook was
cracking down on fellow conservatives.
And then they went and proved my point.
This has happened to me before. And I suspect it happens to thousands,
maybe even millions of people all the time.

If

But this time, it was different. Click here to watch my short video showing
you exactly what I wrote- and what happened, when Facebook censored
me!
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From:
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Subject:

Tom Moffatt <blcyde@shaw.ca>


Thursday, June 02, 2016 8:49 PM
Birch, Greg
Conflict issue in proposed agreement

Hello, Greg.
I have noticed an issue with the agreement for social media use, as it has been drawn up.
The agreement states that I should post items to the town's website without specific approval being obtained
--.b
l';)jeetforehand~tatso-states-tsnoulttn'orpoWany1tems to t:tletown's social media accounts without express approval

from youself, the CAO. However, all News items and Calendar items on the website are cross-posted automatically to
the town's social media accounts on Twitter and on Facebook. Please let me know how you wish to resolve this issue.
Regards,
Tom Moffatt

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Birch, Greg
Friday, May 06, 2016 9:02 AM
De Vlieger, Henk
RE: Town Employee Moffat

From:

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To:
Subject:

Thank you.

Grej''BiY~

'R.PP, MCIP

Chief Administrative Officer


r
Town of Taber
- - -f-.-\ -UJ_m_ _'jfi49DO A- so Street
Taber AB TlG 1T1
Phone: (403) 223-6023
Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Vislt our website at http://www.taber.ca

From: De Vlleger, Henk

Sent: Friday, May 06, 2016 8:59 AM


To: Birch, Greg
Cc: De \/lie&er, Henk; TOT- Councii
Subject: Re: Town Employee Moffat

I pushed the wrong button. This was for council only. But regardless it does not hurt for him to see where we
are dealing with. I have a meeting Monday with the lawyer and give her hard copies of all the emails,
tweets,including times, and other social media. Council is aware of this. Henk
Sent from my iPhone
On May 6, 2016, at 8:51 AM, Birch, Greg <greg.bin.:h@taber.ca> wrote:
Hello Mayor De Vlieger,
I do not know if you recognize that you sent the email below to the "Town Office" or not. In any event,
people here are asking why they received it from you and wh<~t th~ intention was. Just so that you know.
Sincerely,

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Gr~'Bircl\1, RPP, MCIP


Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Taber
4900 A- SO Street
Taber AB TlG 1T1

Phone: (403) 223-6023


Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Visit our website at http:/lwww,taber.ca

From: De Vlieger, Henk


Sent: Thursday, May OS, 2016 9:44PM
To: TOT - Town Office
Subject: Fwd: Town Employee Moffat

Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:

From: Rob <rkajm@shaw.ca>


Date: May 5, 201 6 aL9.:3.6~22EMLMDI:__-------------------
To: "De Vlieger, Henk:" <mayor @taber.ca>
Subject: Town Employee Moffat
ReplyTo: Rob <rkajm @shaw.ca>
Mr. Mayor,
I am sending this email to you in regards to the disgusting statement Moffat
made on Twitter, in regards to Fort Mac. I have a daughter who is a nurse in Fort
Mac and her husband is a fireman/paramedic, working up there as I write.
Moffat is a disgrace to himself and Alberta. let alone, him being an employee of
your town. Do the right thing and fire the bastard!

R. Hora

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Birch, Greg
From:

Sent:
To:
Subject

Birch, Greg
Friday, May 06, 2016 11:07 AM
'Luba Reitman'
RE: In support of Mr. Greg Birch's stand concerning an employee's tweet

Good morning,
Thank you so very much for your comment. You don't know how much that means to me.
Sincerely,
Gref''Bi~ 'R.PP, MCIP
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Taber
4900 A -50 Street
r.\BJ~R
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-6023
Fax:
(403) 223-5530

Visit our website at http:Uwww.taber.ca

From: Luba Reitman [mailto:reitmanl@yahoo.com)


Sent: Friday, May 06, 201610:55 AM
To: Birch, Greg
Subject: In support of Mr. Greg Birch's stand concerning an employee's tweet

I just wanted to express my personal support for you and to praise your cool and rational attitude in this issue. I completely agree with
every word you've expressed publicly, based on what I've read in the Edmonton Journal today. I've recently rt>ad a book titled "So
You've Been Pubucly Shamed" by Jon Ronson, where the author desctibes how people's lives were destroyed by the Internet shaming
mob because of one silly tweet or a joke.
Sincerely yours,
Mrs. L. Reitman
Edmonton

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From:

Birch, Greg
Friday, May 06, 2016 11:31 AM
* TOT - Council
FW: In support of Mr. Greg Birch's stand concerning an employee's tweet

Sent:
To:
Subject:

Hello,
I thought you should hear this other opinion.
Sincerely,

T.\UER

Gr~'BiYci4 'RPP, MCIP


Chief Administrative Officer
Town ofTaber
4900 A -50 Street
Taber AB TlG lTl

Phone: (403) 2236023


Fax:
(403) 2235530
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

From: Luba Reitman


Sent: Friday, May 06, 2016 10:55 AM
To: Birch, Greg
Subject: In support of Mr. Greg Birch's stand concerning an employee's tweet

l just wanted to express my personal support for you and to praise your cool and rational attitude in this issue. I completely agree with
every word you've expressed publicly, based on what I've read in the Edmonton Journal today. I've recently read a book titled "So
You've Been Publicly Shamed" by Jon Ronson, where the author describe:; how people's lives were destroyed by the Internet shaming
mob because of one silly tweet or a joke.
Sincerely yours,
Mrs. L. Reitman
Edmonton

Birch, Greg
From:

De Vlieger, Henk
Friday, May 06, 2016 11:50 AM
Birch, Greg
* TOT - Council
Re: In support of Mr. Greg Birch's stand concerning an employee's tweet

Sent:

To:
Cc:
Subject:

Thanks Greg, but we have to look after the image of our Town first. Henk
Sent from my iPhone
On May 6, 2016. at J 130 ~roll,-Greg <geg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
Hello,

I thought you should hear this other opinion.


Sincerely,

...

T:J:m

Gref''BW~ 'R.PP, MCIP


Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Taber
4900 A- c;o Street
Taber AB TlG lTl

Phone: (403) 223-6023


Fax:

(403) 223-5530

Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

From: luba Heitman


Sent: Friday, May 06, 201610:55 AM

To: Birch, Greg

Subject: In support of Mr. Greg Birch's stand concerning an employee's tweet


I just wanted to express my personal support for you and to praise your cool and rational attitude in this issue. I
completely agree with every word you've expressed publicly, based on what I've read in the Edmonton Journal
today. I've recently read a book titled "So You've Been Publicly Sham..!J" by Jon Ronson, where the author
describes how people's lives were destroyed by the Internet shaming mob because of one silly tweet or a joke.
Sincerely yours,
Mrs. L. Reitman
Edmonton

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Birch, Greg
Birch, Greg
Friday, May 06, 2016 6:54 PM
De Vlieger, Henk
Birch, Greg; * TOT - Council
Re: In support of Mr. Greg Birch's stand concerning an employee's tweet

From:

Sent:
To:
Cc:
Subject:

Most certainly.
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber
On May 6, 2016, at 11:50 AM, De Vlieger, Henk <mayor@taber.ca> wrote:
Thanks Greg, but we have to look after the image of our Town first. Henk
Sent from my iPhone
On May 6, 2016, at 11 :30 AM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch @taber.ca> wrote:
Hello,
I thought you should hear this other opinion.

Sincerely,
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GYf!.!it'8ird4 'R.PP, MCIP


Chief Administrative Officer

Town of Taber

4900 A- so Street
Ta 1Jcr /\8 TlG 1Tl

Phone: (403) 22:0-6023


Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Visit our website at http:/Jwww.taber.ca

From: Luba Reitman


Sent: Friday, May 06, 2016 10:55 AM
To: Birch, Greg
Subject: In support of Mr. Greg Birch's stand concerning an employee's tweet
l just wanted to express my personal support for you and to praise your cool and rational attitude

in this issue. I completely agree with every word you've expressed publicly, based on what I've
read in the Edmonton Journal today. I've recently read a book titled "So You've Been Publicly
Shamed" by Jon Ronson, where the author describes how people's lives were destroyed by the
Internet shaming mob because of one silly tweet or a joke.
Sincerely yours,
Mrs. L. Reitman
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Edmonton

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From:

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Subject:
Attachments:

Brennan, Meghan
Monday, May 30, 201612:39 PM
Birch, Greg
Tweets
City of Leth lJPG; City of Leth 2JPG; Council of Leth l.JPG; Council of Leth 2JPG; Leth
College.JPG; Leth Police.JPG; Leth Recycle lJPG; Leth Recycle 2JPG; Leth Recycle 3JPG;
Taber ResidentJPG; Town of Coaldale.JPG

Hello,
As requested...bere is a gene.=al:-sampling of some oflhe eets a out neighboring municipalities. I have also included
two user groups the Town of Taber may have dealings with (Lethbridge College and the Lethbridge Police) in case those
may become relevant as well.
Thank you,

TABER
Communications and Projects Coordinator
Town of 'faber

A - 4900 50 Street
Taber AB TIG lTl
Phone. 403- 223- 5500 ext 5508

rax.403- 223- 5530


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Birch, Greg
From:

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Subject:

Van Ham, Kerry


Monday, May 09,201611:38 AM
* TOT Council
Birch, Greg; Brennan, Meghan
Employee Suspension

Good Morning,
I had a call from lan Adams who is an evacuee of Ft. McMurray. He wanted you to know that he is
disheartened that the Town of Taber is not supporting the evacuation. He also wants the Town to re-evaluate
what's going on social media.

Kerry VGUtt1!CW11

Administrative Services Manager


Town of Taber
A - 4900 50 Street
T.\BJ:R
Taber AB TlG 1Tl
Phone: (403) 223-5519
Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Visit our website at http:Uwww.taber.ca
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Birch, Greg
From:

De Vlieger, Henk
Friday, May 06, 2016 8:59 AM
Birch, Greg
De Vlieger, Henk; * TOT - Council
Re: Town Employee Moffat

Sent:
To:

Cc:
Subject:

I pushed the wrong button. This was for council only. But regardless it does not hurt for him to see where we
are dealing with. I have a meeting Monday with the lawyer and give her hard copies of all the emails,
tweets,including times, and other social media. Council is aware of this. Henk
Sent from my iPhone
On May 6, 2016, at 8:51 AM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
Hello Mayor De Vlieger,
I do not know if you recognize that you sent the email below to the "Town Office" or not. In any event,
people here are asking why they received it from you and what the intention was. Just so that you know.
Sincerely,
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(i~8ir~

'R.PP, lvtCIP

Chief Administrative Officer


Town of Taber
4900 A - SO Street
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-6023
Fax:
(403) 223-5530

Visit t'Ur wP.bsite at ~ttp://.vww.t~. ~ ~r.ci:!

From: De Vlieger, Henk


Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2016 9:44 PM
To: TOT- Town Office
Subject: Fv1d: Town Employee Moffat

Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:

From: Rob <rkajm@shaw.ca>


Date: May 5, 2016 at 9:36:22 PM MDT
To: "De Vlieger, Henk" <mayor@taher.ca>
Subject: Town Employee Moffat
Reply-To: Rob <rk.a jm @~haw. ca>
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Mr. Mayor,
I am sending this email to you in regards to the disgusting statement Moffat
made on Twitter, in regards to Fort Mac. I have a daughter who is a nurse in Fort
Mac and her husband is a fireman/paramedic, working up there as I write.
Moffat is a disgrace to himself and Alberta. Let alone, him being an employee of
your town. Do the right thing and fire the bastard!
R. Hora

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Birch, Greg
From:

Brennan, Meghan
Friday, May 06, 2016 4:52 PM
Birch, Greg;* TOT Council
Van Ham, Kerry
Media Release First Draft for Resources Support
Town of Taber Support Media Release.doc

Sent:
To:
Cc:
Subject:
Attachments:

Good Afternoon,

I have drafted thrs media..releasu:egardin& Coundl's..decision to provide resour.ces..to.ott-McMuu.ay~lease..1et-me-----


know your thoughts or edits. I will be answering my emails for the rest of tonight so this media release can be put out in
a timely manner as per the Mayor and CAO Birch's permission.
Thank you, and have a good weekend,

' " "'~~

TABER

Communications anu Projects L.oordinutor


Town of Taber

A- 4900 50 Street
Tnber AB Tl G 1Tl
Phone. 403-223-5500 ext 5508

Fax. 403-223-5530
Nou~e c.f Cor.fiJentic.lity

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Tl.i;; m~s.ago:, intludir.g any at:achmt!nts, ~.ontJir.s confi:l~n:iul :nformation ~ lt.::: ..detl fJr a ~pcCific inrloidual an,r p1.1 po~c. dnd '
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by l:.w. If y.x.~ are 0\0t lht! intended reci~ient, you shou!d dt!IC:te th;s me~sa(;.: and are herebt nclifiec! :hat Jny d ~ d;,sure, copying or distributiJn of this mi!S)aac. or
the taking of any action based on it, is ~trictly prohibited. The recipient should check this email and any attachments for the presence of viruses. The sender accepts
nn li~bility for any damage caused by any virus tran~mitted by thl~ email.

A4900 50 ST TABER, ALBERTA, CANADA T1G 1T1


TELEPHONE: (403) 2235500 FAX: (403) 2235530

Tn\VNOf

TABER
MEDIA RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Town of Taber Offers Resources to Fod McMurra

TABER, AB -The Town of Taber supports aU those affected by the fires in Fort McMurray and
surrounding areas. Our sympathies and prayers are with the victims, first responders, and management
teams. As well, our appreciation goes out to the people who have opened their hearts, homes, and
wallets to the evacuees.
In a Special Meeting of Council held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, Taber Town Council decided that the
Town would make some of our own Fire Service resources available. These resources include the
Wildland Unit, 4 seasoned firefighters and associated equipment. These will be available for the Fort
McMurray efforts should they have need of them.
Mayor De Vlieger said, " - - - - - - - - - - - - - "
In addition, the Town's Fire Chief Steve Munshaw has already been deployed to support the Operations
Centre Branch helping Fort McMurray. He is currently helping to supply resources to the structural
crews and will be supporting 182 structural firefighters that are already on the ground.
Chief Administrative Officer Grt'"g Birch said " - - - - - "
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The Town of Taber will look for continued ways to support the people of Fort McMurray a'ld area, and
will provide any aid they can to help the recovery.
###

Contact:
Henk De Vlieger, Mayor
Town of Taber
403-223-5519

emnil: lown@labar.e<~
http://www.laber.en

Birch, Greg
De Vlieger, Henk
Friday, May 06, 2016 6:10PM
Brennan, Meghan
Birch, Greg; * TOT - Council; Van Ham, Kerry
Re: Media Release First Draft for Resources Support

From:
Sent:
To:

Cc:
Subject

Looks ok to me. Henk


Sent from my iPhone
On May 6, 2016, at 4:52. PM, Brennan, Meghan <Meghan.Brennan@taber.ca> wrote:
Good Afternoon,
I have drafted this media release regarding Council's decision to provide resources to Fort McMurray.
Please let me know your thoughts or edits. I will be answering my emails for the rest of tonight so this
media release can be put out in a timely manner as per the Mayor and CAO Birch's permission.

Thank you, and have a good weekend,


<imagc003.jpg>
Communic.1tions and Projects Coordinator

Town of Taber

A - 4900 50 Street
Taber AB TlG tTl
Phone. 403-223-5500 ext 5508
F~IX.

403-223-65:{0

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From:

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Subject

Birch, Greg
Friday, May 06, 2016 6:32 PM
*TOT- Council
Brennan, Meghan; Wannop, Devon; Busch, Barkley
May 6, 2016 Council Resolution regarding Tom Moffat

Hello,
The resolution passed by Council at its Special Meeting on Friday, May 6, 2016 was as follows:
"MOVED by Councillor Sparks that Mr. Tom Moffat be suspended until further notice pending an inve_
st_ig,,_a_ti_o_
n_in_t_
o_ _ _ _ __
comments made on social media regarding the Fort McMurray tragedy."
Carried Unanimously
Sincerely,
Greg Birch
CAO, Town ofTaber

Birch, Greg
From:
Sent:

To:
Subject:

Birch, Greg
Sunday, May 08, 2016 7:13 PM
*TOT - Management Team; *TOT -Town Office
Re: Mayor's request for material related to Tom Moffat tweet

Hi,
Last Thursday I sent out the email request below. This is to let you know that Mayor De Vlieger changed his mind about
this when informed about its possible implications on staff time. Therefore, please disregard the request.
Sincere!~,,-----------------------------------------

Greg Birch
CAO, Town ofTaber
> On May 5, 2016, at 5:42 PM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:

>
>Hello,

>
> I have a request from the Mayor to obtain copies of "all the correspondence that comes to the town by email, text,
Twitter Facebook mail or any other form" regarding the concerns raised by Tom Moffat's tweet regarding Fort
McMur:-ay. I ~mow from talking to some of you that the public's respons~ is ~.:oming in by email and other means to
many people in the organization although not in significant volume. Meghan Brennan is receiving the majority of the
information and is monitoring our Facebook and Twitter feeds, so you can ignore that material. Meghan will capture it.
However, to meet the Mayor's request, if anyone else receives correspondence on this matter, please print it off and
give it to Meghan. She will collect the material.
>
>Thank you for your assistance. I appreciate that the Mayor's request will take up some of your time, especially for
those of you in a few key positions, but I suspect that the matter will be old news in a couple of days and then be over.
>
> Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this.
>
> Sir.cc..rely,

>
> Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP
> Chief Administrative Officer
>Town ofTaber
> 4900 A - SO Street
>Taber AB TlG 1Tl
>Phone: (403) 223-6023
>Fax:
(403) 223-5530

>
>Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

>
>

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From:
Sent:

To:
Subject
Attachments:

De Vlieger, Henk
Monday, May 09, 2016 8:10 AM
* TOT ~ Council; Birch, Greg; Van Ham, Kerry; Wannop, Devon; Munshaw, Steve
FW: Letter to Fort Mac
TOT letter Fort Mac 06~05~16.pdf

From: De Vlieger, Henk


Sent: May~09~16 8:06AM
To : Mayor@woodbuffa~ .~c~
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Subject:
Dear Mayor Milissa Blake, Attached a letter from the Town of Taber. Sincerely Henk De Vlieger Mayor Town ofTaber

hi

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OFFICE OF THE MAYOR


A 4900 50 ST TABER. AB CANADA T1 G 1T1
TELEPHONE: 403223-5500 ext5519 FAX 4032235530

TOWN Ill'

TABER
Town of Fort Me Murray
7 th Floor 9909 Franklin Ave
Fort Me Murray T9H 2K4
AU. Mayor and Council

Mayor@woodbuffalo.ab.ca

Taber May 06, 2016


Re: Inappropriate comments made by a Town of Taber Employee regarding Fort Me
Murray

Dear Mayor, Council and Community,


First of all, as Council and community we sincerely apologize for the extremely inappropriate
personal comments made by one of our town employees on social media regarding your
community disaster. The Employee's views and opinions in no way reflect the views of our
Tu~.n. We hav~ suspended this employee until further notice pending an invesligation.
As community of Taber we express our sincere sympathies for the people in your and
surrounding communities. Our thoughts and prayers are with your community, now and in the
time to come.
On a positive note as I write this letter our Fire Chief is working for your community in the
Provincial Operation Centre in Edmonton. Also our town has fire fighters and a truck on standby
to help as soon as they are called. We also have some administrative staff ready to help when
needed. This comir.g .vc~!< cur "Taber Cares" organ:zation will start a relief campaign !'or the
pl!ople affected. Taber is a caring community and is willing to help in whatever way we can.
We hope you will accept our apology, and that the fire can be brought under control very soon.
Sincerely,

. ..,.....
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llenk De Vlicger, Mayor

omaij mnyor@tabcr ca
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From:
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Van Ham, Kerry


Monday, May 09, 2016 8:22 AM
De Vlieger, Henk; Brennan, Meghan
Birch, Greg
RE: Media Release First Draft for Resources Support

To:
Cc:
Subject

The Special Council meeting was May 4, 2016, not May 3rd.
Thank you,

ueyv~u~---------------------------------Administrative Services Manager


Town of Taber
A - 4900 SO Street
T.\BER
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-5519
Fax:
(403) 223-5530
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From: De Vlieger, Henk


Sent: Friday, May 06, 2016 6:10PM
To: Brennan, Meghan <Meghan.Brennan@taber.ca>
Cc: Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca>; TOT- Council <TOT-Council@taber.ca>; Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca>
Subject: Re: Media Release First Draft for Resources Support
looks ok to me. Henk
Sent from my iPhone
On May 6, 2016, at 4:52 PM, Brennan, Meghan <Meghan.Brennan@taber.ca> wrote:
Good Afternoon,
I have drafted this media release regarding Council's decision to provide resources to Fort McMurray.
Please let me know your thoughts or edits. I will be answering my emails for the rest of tonight so this
media release can be put out in a timely manner as per the Mayor and CAO Birch's permission.
Thank you, and have a good weekend,
1

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Communications and Projects Coordinatot


Town of Ta ber

A - 4900 50 Sheet
Tnbet AU TIG lTI
Phone. 403-223-5500 ext 5508

fux. 403-223-5530
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email and any attachments for the presence of viruses. The sender accepts no liability for any damage caused by any virus transmitted by this
- - - - -em .

<Town of Taber Support Media Release.doc>

Birch, Greg
From:

Sent:
To:
Cc:
Subject

Farough, Lori
Monday, May 09, 2016 9:27 AM
* TOT - Council
Birch, Greg; Van Ham, Kerry; Brennan, Meghan
FW: Climate Change and Fort McMurray

From: C Clements [mailto:codeclements@gmx.com]


Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016 9:14AM
To: Farough, Lori
Subject: Climate Change and Fort McMurray

Dear ayor Henk De Vlieger and members of Council.

Suspension of your employee regarding climate change remark.


The following link is from BBC, a not insigniticant news source with world renown writers and accuracy
second to none.
Clearly there are links to the Fort McMurray fire and our changing climate. Not letting fires bum more
frequently is another reason .
Several other world news sources including the CBC also cited our changing climate so what your employee
was doing was agreeing with world renown sources.
Back in 1971 , my first professional job was with the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission. I was
assigned as the planner to your town and found it a pleasure to work with, forward thinking and progressive. To
hear an employee is suspended for agreeing with what most competent scientists in the world think, is totally
unacceptable.
His remarks may have ~en inappropriate, but we're certainly not false or incorrect . Suspendi'lg someone's
livihood for saying something you disagree with is blatamly wrong.
Sincerely,
Cncle Clements
PS your suspension has made national news and will go international, and it makes the Town of Taber look just
plain stupid, unfair and with your head in the sand. That is not the community I worked for and with for 8 years.
What has happened to Taber? Losing your job for telling a truth!

See BBC link


'Perfect storm' of El Nino and warming boosted Alberta tires - http://www.bbc.co.ukfncws/o;cicnccnvironmcnt-36212145
opy, mayor, Taber Times

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Monday, May 09, 2016 11:39 AM
*TOT- Council
Birch, Greg; Brennan, Meghan
Employee Suspension

Good Morning,

I had a call from William Terry in Bonnyville. He wanted Council to know that he raised his children and has
lots of friends in Fort McMurray. If Mr...Maffatt...macie-stupckommeftts;-Somebodyin-administrattonsnou1i-- - - - pay.

Kerry V(M\11lGUW
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FW: Tom Moffat

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From: Angela Schlesiger [mailto:aschlesiger@noyenconstruction.ca]


Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016 11:29 AM
To: Farough, Lori
Subject: Tom Moffat
Dear Council,
I greatly appreciate your agreement to suspend Tom Moffat from his employed duties with the Town of Taber in lieu of
his social media made comments regarding the Fort McMurray tragic fire. To wish karma of destruction, the potential
loss of lives & heartbreak on people I animals via a fire is horrible & beyond disrespectful. Anyone employed via
publicly received monies & mocking the very people who work to pay taxes is not a person on employable integrity.
So many people are as thankful as I am that the Town of Taber is making a stand for the integrity & respect of being an
employee in the public sector.

Kindest regards,

Angela Schlesiger, B Comm, CMA


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Media Release Regarding Support for Fort McMurray
Town Support for Fort McMurray- May 9, 2016.pdf

Good Afternoon,
Please find the attached media release regarding our:.sending support to fod.M~r-r.a.y...Jt.Aas-already beeR-f'()Sted-en-- - - social media and our website.
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MEDIA RELEASE
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Town of Taber Supports Fort McMurray

TABER, AB- In a Special Meeting of Council held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, Taber Town Council
adopted a resolution to make some of the Town's fire service resources available to Fort McMurray and
area. These resources include a wildland fire fighting truck and 4 seasoned firefighters with associated
equipment.
Mayor De Vlieger said "we discussed this with our Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief, and they are
confident that we can provide those services without putting the Town of Taber and area at any
unnecessary risk. The firefighters that would go have all volunteered and are all very well trained with
lots of experience."
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In udditior., the Town's Fire Chief St~v~ Munshaw has already been deployed to support the Provincial
Operations Centre in Edmonton coordinating activity in Fort McMurray and elsewhere. He is helping to
organize resources for the I 82 structural firefighters that are already on the ground in Fort McMurray.
Chief Administrative Officer Greg Birch said "ChiefMunshaw was asked to go to Edmonton to help
relieve some of the Operation Centre's workers for a few days. He is a very experienced individual and
will be a great asset both at the Operations Centre and to the firefighters on the ground."
Additionally, the Taber Fire Department will be holding a Boot Drive to raise donations for the Red
Cross in support of Fort McMurray on Tuesday, May 1oh from 6 PM to 9 PM. Our firefighters will be
accepting cash or cheque donations to "help fill their boots" at a number of locations within Taber. They
inc.lude: the four-way stop at SO'h Stred and SO'h Avenue, the Walmart parking lot, the four-way stop at
50'11 Avenue and 54'11 Street, as well as in the Co-op parking lot along Highway 3.
The Town of Taber supports all those affected by the fires in Fort McMurray and surrounding areas. Our
sympathies and pmyers are with the victims, tirst responders, and management teams. As well, our
appreciation goes out to the people who have opened their hearts, homes, and wallets to the evacuees.
###

Contact:
Henk De Vlieger
Mayor, Town ofTaber
403-330-9525

Meghan Brennan
Communications Coordinator
403-223-5500 ext. 5508

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Birch, Greg
Friday, May 13, 2016 8:19 AM
'Clint Robertson'; De Vlieger, Henk
*TOT- Council
RE: Dismissed employee

Good morning,
Thank you for your input. Council is investigating the incident.
Sincerely,
Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Taber
4900 A -SO Street
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-6023
Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

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Sent: Thursday, May 12,201610:45 PM
To: Birch, Greg; De Vlieger, Henk
Subject: Dismissed employee
It's really wrong for The Town to dismiss the employee about the tweet rl:! Fort ivkMurray/ l<arma- that is what is called
free speech. I hope that he sues The Town. The Towns action is even more appealing than the tweet- pathetic.
CJ Robertson
Calgary
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Birch, Greg
Monday, May 16, 2016 9:13 AM
*TOT- Council
Wannop, Devon
Town's Facebook Pages

Good morning,
Mayor De Vlieger asked about the Facebook page that seems to be in Tom Moffat's name and has the Town's logo
featured prominently on it. He asked that I request that the logo be removed. I investigated the matter when I had time
last week and can advise as follows.
The first step in getting on Facebook is to create an account. Facebook requires that a human-type name be given to
create that account. The 11 Town ofTaber11 will not work. Consequently, the page Mayor De Vlieger is commenting on is
the Town of Taber's primary account page. It allows us to set up a number of separate pages that can be more specific.
If one looks at the account page, there is very little communication to it and almost nothing put on the page by Mr.
Moffat. It is rarely used.

As mentioned above, once you have an account you can create several pages that are more specific if you want. Hence
there is the main Town of Taber Face book page and there could be ones for police or fire that are also created under
that account. The Town's main Facebook page operates under the Tom Moffat Town account is the active one for the
Town. Several people have access to use it, including Meghan Brennan, Aline Holmen and Cory Armfelt.
We cannot easily change the initial account page to remove Tom Moffat's name but we are exploring options. If we do
remove Tom Moffat's name, the account still has state another person's name and the name assigned to the account
will appear by default. It makes no sense to remove the Town logo because it is the Town's basic Facebook account
page, not Mr. Moffat's. That said, our IT department has full access to this account page. They have now changed the
settings on it to make it more private and less visible to the public. Note that Mr. Moffat set up a separate, personal
account at home for his own use and it was his personal account that was used for the offending comment about Fort
McMurray.
Interestingly, the Taber Police DepJrtment and Fire Department have pages of their own that were not set up under the
Town's base account. I did not know that until last week. While you do not see it, those pages run on accounts that have
been set up personally. E.g., Graham Abela is the account holder for the Taber Police Service page, which runs under his
personal account page. It raises the question of what happens if these account holders leave the Town because the IT
department does not have any control over those accounts.
These type of issues are relatively new to the Town and other organizations, and are why we are developing a new
communications policy. The existing policies do not address social media issues. They were written when newspapers,
radio and television were the media. Our policy review was started on a low priority basis several months ago and was
moved up in priority by Council's recent resolution. It should also be noted that it was this larger concern that the Town
of Taber needed to catch up that led to my decision to reorganize last year and the subsequent hiring of someone ~ Ms.
Brennan - who could spend time looking after this new social media environment.
If you have questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Sincerely,

Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber

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Munshaw, Steve
Monday, May 16, 2016 10:53 AM
Birch, Greg
Fwd: Letter to Fort Mac
TOT letter Fort Mac 06-05-16.pdf; ATTOOOOl.htm

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Steve Munshaw
Begin forwarded message:

From: "De Vlieger, Henk" <mayor@taber.ca>


Date: May 9, 2016 at 8:09:51 AM MDT
To:* TOT- Council <TOT-Council@taber.ca>, "Birch, Greg" <gref!.birch@taber.ca>, "Van
Ham, Kerry" <admin@taber.ca>, "Wannop, Devon" <DFin@taber.ca>, "Munshaw, Steve"
<Fire. Chief@ taber.ca>

Subject: FW: Letter to Fort Mac

From: De Vlieger, Henk


Sent: May-09-16 8:06AM
To: Mayor@woodbuffalc.ab.ca
Subject:
Dear Mayor Milissa Blake, Attached a letter from the Town of Taber. Sincerely Henk De
Vlieger Mayor Town of Taber

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Birch, Greg
Monday, May 16, 2016 9:09 PM
Munshaw, Steve
Re: Letter to Fort Mac

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Hi Steve,
Thanks for bringing this letter to my attention this morning. I did receive it but missed it. Having now read it
and thought about it, I share your opinion.
anks again,
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber
On May 16,2016, at 10:52 AM, Munshaw, Steve <Fire.Chief@taber.ca> wrote:

Sent from my iPhone


Steve Munshaw
Begin forwarded message:
From: "De Vlieger, Henk" <mayor@taber.ca>
Date: May 9, 2016 at 8:09:51 AM MDT
To:* TOT- Council <TOT-Council@taber.ca>, "Birch, Greg"
<i!reg.birch@taber.ca>, "Van Ham, Kerry" <ydmin@taher.ca>, "Wannop,
Devon" <DFin@taber.ca>, "Munshaw, Steve" <Fire.Chief@taber.ca>
Subjed: FW: Letter to Fort Mac

From: De Vlieger, Henk


Sent: May-09-16 8:06AM
To: C\Jayor@woodbuffalo.ab.ca
Subject:
Dear Mayor MiJissa Blake, Attached a letter from the Town of Taber. Sincerely
Henk De Vlieger Mayor Town of Taber
<TOT letter Fort Mac 06-05- l6.pdf>

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OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
A 4900 50 ST TABER, AB CANADA T1G 1T1
TELEPHONE 403-223 5500 ext 5519 FAX 4032235530

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Town of Fort Me Murray
7th Floor 9909 Franklin Ave

Fort Me Murray T9H 2K4


Au. Mayor and Council

Mayor@woodbuffalo.ab.ca

Taber May 06,2016


Re: Inappropriate comments made by a Town of Tuber Employee regarding Fort Me

Murray
Dear Mayor, Council and Community,
First of all, as Counctl and community we sincerely apo.logize for the extremely inappropriate
personal comments made by one of our town employees on social media regarding your
community disaster. The Employee's views and opinions in no way reflect the views of our
Town. We have suspended this employee until further notice pending an investigation.
As community of Taber we express our sincere sympathies for the people in your and
surrounding communities. Our thoughts and prayers arc with your community, now and in the
time to come.
On a positive note as I write this letter our Fire Chief is working for your community in the
Provincial Operation Centre in Edmonton. Also our town has fire fighters and a truck on standby
to help as soon as they are called. We also have some administrative staff ready to help when
needed. litis coming week out "Taber Cares" organization ~ill start atelief campwgn for the
people affected. Taber is a canng community and is willing to help in whatever way we can.
We hope you will accept our apology, and that the fire can be brought under control very soon.
Sincerely,

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De Vlieger, Henk
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:47AM
Birch, Greg
TOT - Council; Wannop, Devon
Re: Town's Facebook Pages

Hi Greg, I am wondering how other communities are doing this? It does not look good to keep him on there. Henk
Sent from my iPhone
> On May 16,..2016, at 9.:13-AM~greg:btrdr@tiber.ca> wrote:

>
>Good morning,

>
> Mayor De Vlieger asked about the Facebook page that seems to be in Tom Moffat's name and has the Town's logo
featured prominently on it. He asked that I request that the logo be removed. I investigated the matter when I had time
last week and can advise as follows.
>
>The first step in getting on Facebook is to create an account. Facebook requires that a human-type name be given to
create that account. The "Town of Taber" will not work. Consequently, the page Mayor De Vlieger is commenting on is
the Town of Taber's primary account page. It allows us to set up a number of separate pages that can be more specific.
If one looks at the account page, there is very little communication to it and al1110st nothing put on the page by Mr.
Moffat. It is rarely used.

>
> As mentioned above, once you have an account you can create several pages that are more specific if you want. Hence
there is the main Town of Taber r:acebook page and there could be ones for police or fire that are also created under
that account. The Town's main Facebook page operates under the Tom Moffat Town account is the active one for the
Town. Several people have access to use it, including Meghan Brennan, Aline Holmen and Cory Armfelt.

>
>We cannot easily change the initial account page to remove Tom Moffat's name but we are exploring options. If we do
remove 1om Moffat's name, the account still has state another person's name and the name assigned to the accoun~
will appear by default. It makes no sense to remove the Town logo because it is the Town's basic Facebook account
page, net Mr. Moffat's. That !iaid, our IT ::lepartment has full access to this account page. They have now changed the
settings on it to make it more private and less visible to the public. Note that Mr. Moffat set up a separate, personal
account at home for his own use and it was his personal account that was used for the offending comment about Fort
McMurray.

>
> Interestingly, the Taber Police Department and Fire Department have pages of their own that were not set up under
the Town's base account. I did not know that until last week. While you do not see it, those pages run on accounts that
have been set up personally. E.g., Graham Abela is the account holder for the Taber Police Service page, which runs
under his personal account page. It raises the question of what happens if these account holders leave the Town
because the IT department does not have any control over those accounts.
>
>These type of issues are relatively new to the Town and other organizations, and are why we are developing a new
communications policy. The existing policies do not address social media issues. They were written when newspapers,
radio and television were the media. Our policy review was started on a low priority basis several months ago and was
moved up in priority by Council's recent resolution. It should also be noted that it was this larger concern that the Town

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>
>Sincerely,
>
>Greg Birch
> CAO, Town of Taber

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From:
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Birch, Greg
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 4:00 PM
'Tom Moffatt'
RE: Social Media Agreement
TM letter.doc

To:
Subject:
Attachments:

Hello Tom,
As discussed, attached is the draft disciplinary letter and performance plan. If this is satisfactory, I would suggest that
you come into the office on Friday morning and meet with me first thin {8:00AM) to....dlscu.s~t-afl~n-th,-------
performan.ce..plan.-Y-QU-Wetdd-therrretonrto-work after t he meeting. In this context, I would lay some groundwork with
other staff to help accommodate your return.
Please telephone me to let me know what you think about this.
Sincerely,

T.\BER

Gr~'BCrc;hs 'R.'PP, 1--ICIP


Chief Administrative Officer
Town o f Taber
4900 A - SO Street
Taber AB T!G lTl

Phone: (403) 223-6023


Fax:

(403) 223-5530

Visit our website at http:Uwww.taber.ca

From: Tom Moffatt [mailto:blcycle@shaw.ca)


Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2016 9:16AM
To: Birch, Greg
Subject: Social Media Agreement

H1, Greg.
Please send me a copy of the Social Media Agreement that you are drawing up when it is complete.
Thanks,
Tom Moffatt

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'Tom Moffatt'
RE: Social Media Agreement
TM letter.doc

Hello Tom,
As discussed, attached is the draft disciplinary letter and performance plan. If this is satisfactory, I would suggest that
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performance plan. You would then return to work after the meeting. In this context, I would lay some groundwork with
other staff to help accommodate your return.

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Please telephone me to let me know what you think about this.


Sincerely,

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Chief Administrative Officer


Town of Taber
4900 A - 50 Street
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-6023
Fax:
(403} 223-5530

Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

From: Tom Moffatt [mailto:blcycle@shaw.ca]


Sent: Wedm~sclay, June 01, 1015 9:16AM
To: Birch, Greg
Subject: Social Media Agreement
Hi, Greg.
Please send me a copy of the Social Media Agreement that you are drawing up when it is complete.
Thanks,
Tom Moffatt

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Birch, Greg
Monday, June 27, 2016 3:08 PM
TOT Council
Busch, Barkley; Wannop, Devon
FOIPP Request - Tom Moffatt
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Subject:

Hello,
This is a reminder that Barkley Busch, the Town's FOIPP Coordinator, needs your response to his earlier request for any
information you may have on your computer systems, iPads or telephones regarding Tom Moff
ec~:...- - - incident. By law, the Town has to su
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Please contact Mr. Busch directly if you have any questions about this.
Sincerely,

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Chief Administrative Officer


Town of Taber
4900 A - 50 Street
Taber AB TlG lTl

Phone: (403) 223-6023


Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

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Begin forwarded message:
From: Henk De Vlieger <devlieger.henk@gmail.com>
Date: May 13,2016 at 5:07:58 PM MDT
To:"* TOT- Council" <TOT-council@taber.ca>
Subject: Fwd:
Hi, attached are 3 poky tweets from Mr. Moffatt. They are in reference to the comments from the
lawyer on page 3, "that the nature of those communications could be construed as potentially
hannful to the relations between the Town and other municipalities" (Coaldale and Lethbridge).
Kim Greg brought the Coaldale tweet to my attention when I had a meeting with him last week. I
also have build up a reasonably good relation ship with mayor Chris from Lethbridge, I hope
they wont pay attention where that tweet came from. The tweet regarding my son Marten refers
to comment on page 3 "and/or run afoul of the Town's existing Social Media Policy, as it relates
to the Town's expectations that employees will not comment about the Town's operations. Henk
---------- Forwarded message---------From: Henk Devlieger <devlieger.hcnk@email.com>
Date: Fri, May 13, 2016 at 10:54 AM
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From: Henk De Vlieger <devlieger.henk@gmail.com>
Date: May 16,2016 at 9:21:34 AM MDT
To:"* TOT- Council" <TOTcouncil@taber.ca>

Subject: Mr. Moffatt


Fellow Councilors. You all received the lawyer opinion letter last Friday. I hope you had time to
read it and think about it. Would it be pos~ible for you to have a meeting tomorrow Tuesday at 5
PM to discuss this? please let me know. Just some food for thought about this issue. First of all
we have to do what is best for our community. Secondly this issue could becoane a hot one
depending the decision we make. The media is waiting for it. It problely will be a you do or you
don't type of issue. Thirdly, freedom of speech is very important in our Country and is part of our
democracy which we have to appreciate. One question you can ask yourself how far does
freedom of speech go. Is it fair to let it affect our community, especially when it comes to Town
employees that represent our Town? What lesson can we learn from this? I pray for wisdom
when we meet. Again please let me know if this time works for you. Thanks Henk

Henk De Vlieger
403.634.1204

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Make sure the search box is on "current mailbox". If it says something other than "current mailbox",
click on the drop down and select "current m<lilbox".
You will need to perform the search for the FOIP request seven times as follows.
Click in the instant search box and type "Tom".
If you have any email coriespondence with the name Tom in it, it will appear and you will have to click
on it and determine if it relates to "Tom Moffatt and his comments online regarding the Fort McMurray
fire" for the time period May 1, 2016 to June 23, 2016.
Please print all emails that relate to "Tom Moffatt and his comments online regarding the Fort
McMurray fire''.
Once all your emails have been searched for "Tom" you need to repeat the same process using the
words "Moffatt", "Fort", "Ft.", "Tweet", "Twitter'', and "Facebook" to ensure that all correspondence
regarding this issue has been found.

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Don't worry if the search has created duplicates, it is not for us to sort or organize the info. We have to
comply to ensure that all correspondance has been provided.
Once all the email documents have been printed, please send to Barkley Busch, who is the FOIP
Coordinator with the Town.

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Birch, Greg
From:
Sent:
To:
Subject:
Attachments:

Busch, Barkley
Thursday, June 23, 2016 10:32 AM
*TOT- Council; Birch, Greg; Brennan, Meghan; Van Ham, Kerry; Wannop, Devon;
Moffatt, Tom; Holmen, Aline
FOJP request requirement
Procedures to search your email social media incident.docx

Good Morning,
The Town of Taber has received a FOIP Request asking for "all documents, including emails, regarding Tom Moffatt and
his comments online about the Fort McMurra Fire".
To respond to this request, I have attached a document to this email that will tell you how to search your email in a
simplified step by step process. Usually this search could be achieved by using our email archiver software, but I am told
that this software has not been working for the past few months and that we are currently working to fix it.
I realize this will take up a bit of our time, but we are legislated as a public body under the FOIP Act to provide all records
responsive to this request. As we are under mandated timelines to respond, please provide me with any records
resulting from your search by 4:30pm on Monday, June 27, 2016.
If you have any questions regarding this, please call me at 403-223-6000.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

1\lU:R

~~~~
Human Resources Manager
Town of Taber
A 4900 - SO Street
TJber, AB TlG 1T1

Phone: (403) 223-6000


Fax:
(403) 223-5530

Birch, Greg
De Vlieger, Henk
Thursday, June 23, 2016 3:00 PM
Busch, Barkley
De Vlieger, Henk;* TOT - Council; Birch, Greg; Brennan, Meghan; Van Ham, Kerry;
Wannop, Devon; Moffatt, Tom; Holmen, Aline
Re: FOJP request requirement

From:
Sent:
To:
Cc:
Subject
Ok give me a few days thanks
Sent from my iPhone

On Jun 23, 2016, at 1:17 PM, Busch, Barkley <bbusch@taber.ca> wrote:


The man who has sent in the FOIP Request is from Ontario, his name is ________ Yes, please make
copies of all emails sent or received regarding the incident and submit them to me.
Thanks
Barkley
From: De Vlieger, Henk
Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:11 PM
To: Busch, Barkley <bbusch@taber.ca>
Cc:* TOT - Council <TOT-Council@taber.ca>; Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca>; Brennan, Meghan
<Meghan.Brennan@taber.ca>; Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca>; Wannop, Devon <DFin@taber.ca>;
Moffatt, Tom <Tom.Moffatt@taber.ca>; Holmen, Aline <Aline.Holmen@taber.ca>
Subject: Re: FOIP request requirement
Who is requesting this. Do I make copies of all thee mails I received? Henk
Sent from my iPhone
On Jun 23, 2016, at 10:31 AM, Busch, Barkley <bbusch@taber.ca> wrote:
Good Morning,
The Town of Taber has received a FOIP Request asking for "all documents, including
emails, regarding Tom Moffatt and his comments online about the Fort McMurray Fire".
To respond to this request, I have attached a document to this email that will tell you
how to search your email in a simplified step by step process. Usually this search could
be achieved by using our email archiver software, but I am told that this software has
not been working for the past few months and that we are currently working to fix it.
I realize this will take up a bit of our time, but we are legislated as a public body under
the FOIP Act to provide all records responsive to this request. As we are under
mandated timelines to respond, please provide me with any records resulting from your
search by 4:30pm on Monday, June 27, 2016.
l

If you have any questions regarding this, please call me at 403 223~6000.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
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Human Resources Manager


Town of Taber
A 4900- SO Street
Taber, AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-6000
Fax:
(403) 2235530

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From:

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Subject:

Dallas Paquette <d.paquette@shaw.ca>


Tuesday, May 03, 2016 11:12 PM
Wannop, Devon; Birch, Greg
De Vlieger, Henk; Sparks, Randy; Strojwas, Joe; Brewin, Jack; Prokop, Andrew;
Popadynetz, Rick; Ross-Giroux, laura
Tom Moffatt

Hello all: as I'm sure you've all seen there has been a considerable outpouring of support for the residents of Fort
McMurray as they struggle through their time of crisis. You may also have seen that o~e of your management staff has
~en-maKrng some truly aeplorable comments on soc1al media, suggesting that there is some sort of karma in place - that
the families in Fort McMurray are somehow being punished for contributing to climate change.
I believe that a comment such as these are inconsistent with basic humanity, and certainly not in keeping with being
employed by a municipal body: there's an obligation he (and your executive and public servants) have to maintain
decorum.
I strongly suggest that you censure Tom publicly and in the strongest possible terms. I am sure that the vast majority of
the people of Taber would agree with me.
Thanks,
Dallas

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Birch, Greg
From:
Sent:
To:
Cc:
Subject:

Ross-Giroux, Laura
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 12:06 AM
* TOT - Council
Wannop, Devon; Birch, Greg
Fwd: Tom Moffatt

Hi,
I have checked both of Tom's Face book pages and find no evidence of this.
Laura
Sent from my iPad
Begin forwarded message:

From: Dallas Paquette <d.paguette@shaw.cu>


Date: May 3, 2016 at 11:11:50 PM MDT
To: "Wannop, Devon" <DFin@taber.ca>, "Birch, Greg" <grcg.birch@taber.ca>
Cc: "De Vlieger, Henk" <mayor@taber.ca>, "Sparks, Randy" <rsparks@taber.ca>, "Strojwas,
Joe" <Joe.Strojwas@taber.ca>, "Brewin, Jack" <.Jack.Brcwin@taber.ca>, "Prokop, Andrew"
<Andrew.Prokop@taber.ca>, "Popadynetz, Rick" <Rick.Ponadynetz@taher.ca>, "Ross-Giroux,
Laura" <Laura.Ross-Giroux@taber.ca>

Subject: Tom Moffatt


Hello all: as I'm sure you've all seen there has been a considerable outpouring of support for the residents
of Fort McMurray as they struggle through their time of crisis. You may also have seen that one of your
management staff has been making some truly deplorable comments on social media, suggesting that
there is some sort of karma in place - that the families in Fort McMurray are somehow being punished for
contributing to climate change.

I believe that a comment such as these are inconsistent with basic humanity, and certainly not in keeping
with being employed by a municipal body: there's an obligation he (and your executive and public
servants) have to maintain rtecorum.

I strongly suggest that you censure Tom publicly and in the strongest possible terms. I am sure that the
vast majority of the people of Taber would agree with me.
Thanks,
Dallas

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Birch, Greg
Wannop, Devon
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 12:11 AM
RossGiroux, Laura
* TOT - Council; Wannop, Devon; Birch, Greg
Re: Tom Moffatt

From:
Sent:
To:
Cc:
Subject

https://mobile.twitter.com/tmoffattndp?ref src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
This is his Twitter account.
I will have a talk with him about this. It might have been bad timing, as you can see the following tweets talk
about other issues.
I will try and resolve this issue as quickly as possible.
Sent from my iPhone
On May 4, 2016, at 12:05 AM, Ross-Giroux, Laura <Laura.Ross-Giroux@taber.ca> wrote:
Hi,
I have checked both of Tom's Facebook pages and find no evidence of this.
Laura
Sent from my iPad
Begin forwarded message:
From: Dallas Paquette <d.paguette@ ~l.aw .ca>
Date: May 3, 2016 at 11: I J:50 PM MDT
To: "Wannop, Devon" <DFi:t @taber.ca>, "Birch, Greg" <greg.birch@taber.ca>
Cc: "De Vlieger, Henk" <mayor@taber.ca>, "Sparks, Randy"
<rspatks@taber.ca>, "Strojwas, Joe" <.Joe.Strojwas@taber.ca>, "Brewin, Jack"
<Jack.Brewin@taber.ca>, "Prokop, Andrew" <Andrew.Prokop@taber.ca>,
"Popadynetz, Rick" <Rick.Popadynetz@taber.ca>, "Ross-Giroux, Laura"
<Laura. Ro\~-Giroux @tnher.ca>
Subject: Tom Moffatt
Hello all: as I'm sure you've all seen there has been a considerable outpouring of support
for the residents of Fort McMurray as they struggle through their time of crisis. You may
also have seen that one of your management staff has been making some truly
deplorable comments on social media, suggesting that there is some sort of karma in
place that the families in Fort McMurray are somehow being punished for contributing to
climate change.
I believe that a comment such as these are inconsistent with basic humanity, and
certainty not in keeping with being employed by a municipal body: there's an obligation
he (and your executive and public servants) have to maintain decorum.
I strongly suggest that you censure Tom publicly and in the strongest possible terms. I

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am sure that the vast majority of the people of Taber would agree with me.
Thanks,
Dallas

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Birch, Greg
Birch, Greg
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 8:44 AM
*TOT- Council
Wannop, Devon
FW: Tom Moffatt

From:

Sent:
To:
Cc:
Subject:

Good morning,
This is to let you know that we are dealing with this immediately and will keep you informed of our actions.
- - Sincerely,-

T.\JU~R

Gr~'BC.n;hs 'RPP, lvtCIP


Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Taber
4900 A -50 Street
Taber AB TlG lTl

Phone: (403) 223-6023


Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

From: Dallas Paquette [mailto:d.paquette@shaw.ca]


Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 11:12 PM
To: Wannop, Devon; B1rch, Greg
Cc: De Vlieger, Henk; Sparks, Randy; Strojwas, Joe; Brewin, Jack; Prokop, Andrew; Popadynetz, Rick; Ross-Giroux, laura
Subject: Tom Moffatt

Hello all: as I'm sure you've all seen there has been a considerable outpouring of support for the residents of Fort
McMurray as they struggle through their time of crisis. You may also have seen that one of your management staff has
been making some truly deplorable comments on social media, suggesting that there is some sort of karma in placE - that
the families in Fort McMurray are somehow being punished for contributing to climate change.
I believe that a comment such as these are inconsistent with basic humanity, and certainly not in keeping with being
employed by a municipal body: there's an obligation he (and your executive and public servants) have to maintain
decorum.
I strongly suggest that you censure Tom publicly and in the strongest possible terms. I am sure that the vast majority of
the people of Taber would agree with me.
Thanks,
Dallas

L.

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Birch, Greg
From:
Sent:
To:
Cc:

Birch, Greg
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 10:35 AM
'Dallas Paquette'; Wannop, Devon
De Vlieger, Henk; Sparks, Randy; Strojwas, Joe; Brewin, Jack; Prokop, Andrew;
Popadynetz, Rick; Ross-Giroux, Laura
Fort McMurray Tweet

Subject:

Good morning,
Thank you for helping to being this issue to our attention and for-expressing 'tOOF c~ As ;ou-Jtk-ety-kft,ewf-#-<fflt:t-- - - - continued to monitor social media streams, the Town has undertaken to clarify that the opinion expressed in that
unfortunate tweet was that of an employee and certainly does not reflect the opinion of the Town. We are as horrified
by the situation in Fort McMurray and sympathetic with the people caught up in the situation as most Albertans.
As to the subject employee, we have had a straightforward discussion.
Sincerely,

T.\BER

Grej''Bv~ 'R.PP, MCIP


Chief Administrative Officer
Tcwn of Tuber
4900 A- 50 Street
Taber AB TlG 1 T1

Phone: (403) 223-6023


Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

From: Dallas Paque>tte [mt~ilto:d.paquette@shaw.ca]


Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 201611:12 PM
To: Wannop, Devon; Birch, Greg
Cc:: De Vlieger, Henk; Sparks, Randy; Strojwas, Joe; Brewin, Jack; Prokop, Andrew; Popadynetz, Rick; Ross-Giroux, Laura
Subject: Tom Moffatt

Hello all: as I'm sure you've all seen there has been a considerable outpouring of support for the residents of Fort
McMurray as they struggle through their time of crisis. You may also have seen that one of your management staff has
been making some truly deplorable comments on social media, suggesting that there is some sort of karma in place - that
the families in Fort McMurray are somehow being punished for contributing to climate change.

I believe that a comment such as these are inconsistent with basic humanity, and certainly not in keeping with being
employed by a municipal body: there's an obligation he (and your executive and public servants) have to maintain
decorum.
I strongly suggest that you censure Tom publicly and in the strongest possible terms. I am sure that the vast majority of
the people of Taber would agree with me.
Thanks,
Dallas
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Birch, Greg
From:

Sent:
To:
Subject

Bob Newman <bnew195l@gmail.com>


Wednesday, May 04, 2016 9:30 AM
Birch, Greg
Tom Moffatt

Mr. Birch
Prior to calling for citizens of Alberta to boycott all of Taber we would like to know to what degree the opinion of Mr.
Moffatt represents that of the Town of Taber. Being that he is an employee and has stated that Fort McMurray is being
served " karmic justice" to what degree is this opinion held within your community.
Robert Newman
Bnew1951@gmail.com
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From:

Ross-Giroux, laura
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 10:36 AM
Birch, Greg
TOT - Council; Wannop, Devon
Re: Tom Moffatt

Sent:
To:
Cc:
Subject

Thank you,

Laura
Sent from my iPad
On May 4, 2016, at 8:43AM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
Good morning.
This is to let you know that we are dealing with this immediately and will keep you informed of our
actions.
Sincerely,
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Gt"eft'BCYcl-4 'R.PP, lvfCJP

Chief Administrative Officer


Town of Taber
4900 A - SO Street
Taber AB TlG 1T1
Phone: (403) 223-6023
Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Visit our website at http:/i,ww.taber.ca

From: Dallas Paquette (mailto:d.paguette@shaw.ca]


Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 11:12 PM
To: Wannop, Devon; Birch, Greg
Cc: De Vlieger, Henk; Sparks, Randy; Strojwas, Joe; Brewin, Jack; Prokop, Andrew; Popadynetz, Rick;
Ross-Giroux, Laura
Subject: Tom Moffatt

Hello all: as I'm sure you've all seen there has been a considerable outpouring of support for the residents
of Fort McMurray as they struggle through their time of crisis. You may also have seen that one of your
management staff has been making some truly deplorable comments on social media, suggesting that
there is some sort of karma in place - that the families in Fort McMurray are somehow being punished for
contributing to climate change.
I believe that a comment such as these are inconsistent with basic humanity, and certainly not in keeping
with being employed by a municipal body: there's an obligation he (and your executive and public
servants) have to maintain decorum.
I strongly suggest that you censure Tom publicly and in the strongest possible terms. I am sure that the
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Dallas Paquette <Dallas.Paquette@plygem.com>


Wednesday, May 04, 2016 10:44 AM
Birch, Greg; Wannop, Devon
De Vlieger, Henk; Sparks, Randy; Strojwas, Joe; Brewin, Jack; Prokop, Andrew;
Popadynetz, Rick; RossGiroux, Laura
RE: Fort McMurray Tweet

Cc:
Subject:

Greg,
Thank you so much for your response: very approRriately done.
Dallas

From: Birch, Greg [mailto:greg.birch@taber.ca}


Sent: May-04-1610:35 AM
To: 'Dallas Paquette' <d.paquette@shaw.ca>; Wannop, Devon <Dfin@taber.ca>
Cc: De Vlieger, Henk <mayor@taber.ca>; Sparks, Randy <rsparks@taber.ca>; Strojwas, Joe <Joe.Strojwas@taber.ca>;
Brewin, Jack <Jack.Brewin@taber.ca>; Prokop, Andrew <Andrew.Prokop@taber.ca>; Popadynetz, Rick
<Rick.Popadynetz@taber.ca>; Ross-Giroux, Laura <Laura.Ross-Giroux@taber.ca>
Subject: Fort McMurray Tweet
Good morning,
Thank you for helping to bring this issue to our attention and for expressing your concern. As you likely know if you
continued to monitor social media streams, the Town has undertaken to clarify that the opinion expressed in that
unfortunate tweet was that of an employee and certainly does nf'Jt reflect the opinion of the Town. We are a:. hor:-i:'ied
by the situation in Fort McMurray and sympathetic with the people caught up in the situation as most Albertans.

As to the subject employee, we have had a straightforward discussion.


Sincerely,

GYf?ir'8ichs 'RPP,
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~CIP

Chief Administrative Officer


Town of Taber
4900 A- 50 Street
Taber AB TlG 1 T1

Phone: (403) 2236023


Fax:
(403) 223-5530

Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

From: Dallas Paquette [mailto:d.paguette@shaw.ca}


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Subject: Tom Moffatt

Hello all: as I'm sure you've all seen there has been a considerable outpouring of support for the residents of Fort
McMurray as they struggle through their time of crisis. You may also have seen that one of your management staff has
been making some truly deplorable comments on social media, suggesting that there is some sort of karma in place - that
the families in Fort McMurray are somehow being punished for contributing to climate change.
I believe that a comment such as these are inconsistent with basic humanity, and certainly not in keeping with being
employed by a municipal body: there's an obligation he (and your executive and public servants) have to maintain
decorum.

I strongly suggest that you censure Tom publiclY and in the strongest possible terms. I am sure that the vast majority of
the people of Taber would agree with me.
Thanks,
Dallas

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016 12:33 PM
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I believe that this was posted in Facebook by your Chief Information Officer- Mr. Tom Moffatt. It is presently going viral.
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Henk De Vlieger <devlieger.henk@gmail.com>


Wednesday, May 04, 2016 2:44 PM
*TOT - Council; Birch, Greg; Van Ham, Kerry
Fwd: Town ofTaber
imageOOlJpg; image002Jpg

Just got this forwarded from grant Hunter. This put a shame on Taber. Henk
---------- Forwarded message---------From: Grant Hunter <Grant.Hunter@assembly.ab.ca>
Date: Wed Ma
Subject: Fwd: Town of Taber
To: "devlieger.henk@ gmail.com" <devlieger.henk@ gmail.com>
Henk,
I think the Tweet made by Tom Moffatt, who works for the Town of Taber, was terribly inappropriate. You can
see the statement at the bottom of this email. 1,800 homes have been destroyed, 80,000 people are displaced
and he makes this kind of comment???
Grant
Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:

From: Timothy Gerwing <Timothy.Gerwing@assembly.ab.ca>


Date: May 4, 2016 at 1:51:48 PM MDT
To: Grant Hunter <Grant.Hunter@nssembly.ab.ca>, Peter Csil1ag
<Peter.Csillag@assembly.ab.ca>
Subject: Town of Taber

This Tom Moffatt joker works for the Town of Taber. He's also a former NDP candidate in
Lethbridgl.!. Thought you'd be interested to know, Grant.

Henk De Vlieger
403.634.1204

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Birch, Greg
Henk De Vlieger <devlieger.henk@gmail.com>
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 3:27 PM
* TOT - Council; Birch, Greg; Van Ham, Kerry
Re: Town of Taber

From:

Sent
To:
Subject

Thanks Grant, I just found out a agree Shame on Taber


On Wed, May 4, 2016 at 2:43PM, Henk De Vlieger <devlieger.henk@gmail.com> wrote:
Just got this forwarded from grant Hunter. This put a shame on Taber. Henk
---------- Forwarded message ---------From: Grant Hunter <Grant.Hunter@assembly.ab.ca>
Date: Wed, May 4, 2016 at 2:03PM
Subject: Fwd: Town of Taber
To: "devi ie!!er.henk@ gmail.com" <devl ieger.henk@ gmail.com>

Henk,
I think the Tweet made by Tom Moffatt, who works for the Town of Taber, was terribly inappropriate. You
can see the statement at the bottom of this email. 1,800 homes have been destroyed, 80,000 people are
displaced and he makes this kind of comment???
Grant
Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: Timothy Gerwing <Timothy.Gerwing@assembly.ab.ca>
Date: May 4, 2016 at 1:51:48 PM MDT
To: Grant Hunter <Grant.Hunter@assembly.ab.ca>, Peter Csillag
<Peter.Csillag@assembly.ab.ca>
Subject: Town of Taber
This Tom Moffatt joker works for the Town of Taber. He's also a former NDP candidate in
Lethbridge. Thought you'd be interested to know, Grant.

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Birch, Greg
Birch, Greg
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 10:05 PM
Henk De Vlieger
* TOT- Council; Birch, Greg; Van Ham, Kerry
Re: Town of Taber

From:
Sent:
To:
Cc:

Subject

Hello,
As discussed earlier today, this is a very unfortunate incident but we do not have control, only influence, on

what-people do or s

Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber
On May 4, 2016, at 2:43PM, Henk De Vlieger <devlieger.henk@gmail.com> wrote:
Just got this forwarded from grant Hunter. This put a shame on Taber. Henk
---------- Forwarded message ---------From: Grant Hunter <Grant.Hunter@assembly.ab.ca>
Date: Wed, May 4, 2016 at 2:03PM
Subject: Fwd: Town of Taber
To: "devliel!er.henk@f!mail.com" <devlieger.henk@gmail.com>
Henk,
I think the Tweet made by Tom Moffatt, who works for the Town of Taber, was terribly
inappropriate. You can see the statement at the bottom of this email. 1,800 homes have been
destroyed, 80,000 people are displaced and he makes this kind of comment???
Grant
Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: Timothy Gerwing <Timothy.Gcrwing@asscmbly.ab.ca>
Date: May 4, 2016 at I:51 :48 PM MDT
To: Grant Hunter <Grant.Hunter@assembly.ab.ca>, Peter Csillag
<Pcter.Csillag@ assembly.ab.ca>
Subject: Town of Taber
This Tom Moffatt joker works for the Town of Taber. He's also a former NDP
candidate in Lethbridge. Thought you'd be interested to know, Grant.

It

. Birch, Greg
Birch, Greg
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 10:05 PM
Henk De Vlieger
*TOT- Council; Birch, Greg; Van Ham, Kerry
Re: Town of Taber

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Hello,
As discussed earlier today, this is a very unfortunate incident but we do not have control, only influence, on
wbat people-dG-eF-Say in thei~
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber
On May 4, 2016, at 2:43PM, Henk De Vlieger <devlieger.henk@gmail.com> wrote:
Just got this forwarded from grant Hunter. This put a shame on Taber. Henk
---------- Forwarded message ---------From: Grant Hunter <Grant.Hunter@assembly.ab.ca>
Date: Wed, May 4, 2016 at 2:03PM
Subject: Fwd: Town of Taber
To: "devlieger.henk@gmail.com" <devlieger.henk@gmail.com>
Henk,
I think the Tweet made by Tom Moffatt, who works for the Town of Taber, was terribly
inappropriate. You can see the statement at the bottom of this email. 1,800 homes have been
destroyed, 80,000 people are displaced and he makes this kind of comment???
Grant
Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: Timothy Gerwing <Timothy.Gerwing@assembly.ab.ca>
Date: May 4, 2016 at I :51 :48 PM MDT
To: Grant Hunter <Grant.Hunter@assembly.ab.ca>, Peter Csillag
<Pcter.Csillag@assembly.ab.ca>
Subject: Town of Taber
This Tom Moffatt joker works for the Town of Taber. He's also a former NDP
candidate in Lethbridge. Thought you'd be interested to know, Grant.

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Birch, Greg
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 10:08 PM
Henk De Vlieger
* TOT - Council; Birch, Greg; Van Ham, Kerry
Re: Town of Taber

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Hello again,
Also as discussed at the meeting, your administration is trying to draw a distinction between the Town and an
employee who expresses an opinion 011 his own. Mr. Moffat's oplntun-crnms-pnvare ume ts not a 1own optmon.
Sincerely,
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber
On May 4, 2016, at 3:27PM, Henk De Vlieger <devlie!!er.henk@email.com> wrote:
Thanks Grant, I just found out a agree Shame on Taber
On Wed, May 4, 2016 at 2:43PM, Henk De Vlieger <devlieger.henk@gmail.com> wrote:
Just got this forwarded from grant Hunter. This put a shame on Taber. Henk
---------- Forwarded message ---------From: Grant Hunter <Grant.Hunter@assembly.ab.ca>
Date: Wed, May 4, 2016 at 2:03PM
Subject: Fwd: Town of Taber
To: "dev Iieger.henk@ gmail.com" <dcvlieger.hcnk@gmai l.com>
Henk,
I think the Tweet made by Tom Moffatt, who works for the Town of Taber, was terribly
inappropriate. You can see the statement at the bottom of this email. l ,800 homes have been
destroyed, 80,000 people are displaced and he makes this kind of comment???
Grant
Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:

From: Timothy Gerwing <Timolhy.Gcrwinl! @ as~cmbly.ab.ca>


Date: May 4, 2016 at I :51 :48 PM MDT
To: Grant Hunter <Grant.Huntcr@asscmbly.ab.ca>, Peter Csillag
<Pcler.C~illag@a<;scmbly.ab.ca>

Subject: Town of Taber


This Tom Moffatt joker works for the Town of Taber. He's also a former NDP
candidate in Lethbridge. Thought you'd be interested to know, Grant.

&Mw

Van Ham, Kerry


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Van Ham, Kerry


Monday, May 09, 2016 11:38 AM

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Birch, Greg; Brennan, Meghan


Employee Suspension

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Good Morning,
I had a call from Ian Adams who is an evao1ee of F.t. MGMYrray. He-wanted you to kow that he ls
disheartened that the Town of Taber is not supporting the evacuation. He also wants the Town to re-evaluate
what's going on social media.

Kerry Va.wt!C~.m~
Administrative Services Manager

Town of Taber
A- 4900 50 Street
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: {403) 223-5519
Fdll.
(403) .l23-5530

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Monday, May 09, 2016 8:29 AM
Farough, Lori
FW: Letter to fort Mac
TOT letter Fort Mac 06-0S-16.pdf

Please file.

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Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016 8:10AM
To: TOT- Council <TOT-Council@taber.ca>; Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca>; Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca>;
Wannop, Devon <DFin@tal-)e~.ca>; Munshaw, SteJe <Fire.Chief@tabe1.ca>
Subject: FW: Letter to Fort Mac

From: De Vlieger, Henk


Sent: May-09-16 8:06AM
To: Mayor@woodbuffalo.ab.ca
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Dear Mayor Milissa Blake, Attached a letter from the Town of Taber. Sincerely Henk De Vlieger Mayor Town of Taber

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OFFICE OF THE MAYOR


4900 50 ST TABER. AB C ANADA Tl r. 1T I

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Town of fort Me Murray
7th Floor 9909 Franklin Ave
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Alt. Mayor and Council

Mayur@wuudbuffalo.ab.ca

Taber May 06, 20 16


Ke: Inappropriate comments mude by u Tuwn nfTabcr Employee regarding Fort Me
Murmy

Dear Mayor. Council and Communily,


First of all. as Council and community we sincerely apologize for the extremely inappropriate
personal comments made by one of our town employ~~s un social mt:dia regarding your
community disaster. The Employee's views and ''pinions in no way re!lect the views of our
Town. We have suspended this t!lllployee until further notice pending an investigation.
As community of Taber we express our sincere S}'mpalhics for the people in your and
surrounding communities. Our thoughts and pr.tycrs arc with your community, now and in the
time to come.
On a positive note as I write this letter our Fire Chief is working fur your community in the
Pro\'indal Operation Centre in Edmllnton. Also our town has fir!! fighters and a truck on standby
to help as soon as they are called. We also have some administrative !:tnfl" ready to help when
needed. This coming week our ..Taber C'ares" organization will start a rdi:!f campaign for the
people aftcctcd. Taber is a caring community and is willing to help in whatever way we can.
We hope you will accept our apology, and that the fire can be brought under control very c;oon.
Sincerely.
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Van Ham, Kerry


Monday, May 09, 2016 11:40 AM
Cote, Nathan
RE: In light of events in Fort McMurray

Thanks Nathan,

If you have any say, I will be away until middle of June, and would look forward to a re-schedule after that time. Thank
you very much!
I hope you take good care- there's lots going on for you, we realize.

Administrative Services Manager


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Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016 11:36 AM
To: Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca>
Subject: RE: In light of events in Fort McMurray
Thanks for letting me know. I will let you know the dates when it is rescheduled.
Thanks Kerry

Nathan Cote
Deputy Fire Chief
Town of Taber
P: 403-223-5500 ext 5455
C: 403-3170558
F: 403- 223-5502

From: Van Ham, Kerry


To: TOT- Management Team <TOT Mgmt@taber.ca>; Sushelnitski, Megan <Megan.Sushelnitski@taber.ca>
Subject: FW: In light of events in Fort McMurray
FYI

Kerry Va.11tlc:t.WI/
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Taber AB TlG 1Tl
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From: William Seymour lmailto:Willit~m.Seymour@gov. ab.ca]


Sent: Monday, May 09. 2016 10:36 AM
To: wendy.bateman@barnwell.ca; Tanya Strydom <tstrydom@town.vauxhall.ab.ca>; Van Ham, Kerry
<admin@taber.ca>; Pam Searcy <pamsearcy@raymond.ca>
Cc: Ken Steed <ksteed138@gmail.com>; Tina Bak <tina.bak@gov.ab.ca>; Brian Schafer
<vauxhallfirechief@mdtaber.ab.ca>
Subject: In light of events in Fort McMurray
Hello,
Given the current situation in Fort McMurray, Alberta Emergency Management Agency is suspending training at this
time.
Our scheduled Scribe course in Barnwell for Thursday, May 12 is postponed. An alternate date will be determined.

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Kerry if you could pass this onto Megan at Town of Taber it would be appreciated.
Thank you for your understanding with this.
Regards,

Bill
Bill Seymour
Field Officer Southern Region
Alberta Emergency Management Agency
Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Provincial BUildmg, Tfird Roor
360, 200- S'h Avenue South
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 9:24AM
Brennan, Meghan
RE: Media Release Regarding Support for Fort McMurray

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If it reads differently in different places, it doesn't look good either. Please confirm there will not be locations saying
May 3rd and May 41h. If you corrected it on some and not others, it doesn't look proper either.

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Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 9:17AM
To: Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca>
Subje:t: Re: Media Release Rega;dlng Support for Fort McMurray
You're absolutely right Kerry. That was my mistake. I've changed it on the website and social media so they should read
correctly now.
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On May 10, 2016, at 9:00AM, Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca> wrote :
I thought we decided it was May 41h.?

Kerry VCM11HlM111
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Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016 2:55 PM
To: TOT- Council <TOT-Council@taber.ca>
Cc: Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca>; Van Ham, Kerry<admin@taber.ca>
Subject: Media Release Regarding Support for Fort McMurray
Good Afternoon,
Please find the attached media release regarding our sending support to Fort McMurray. It has already
been posted on social media and our website.
Regards,
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Monday, May 09, 2016 11:35 AM
* TOT - Council
Birch, Greg; Brennan, Meghan
Mayor De Vlieger, please call logan Man

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He would like to speak to you about his story as a firefighter in response to the social media tweets from Mr.
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Monday, May 09, 2016 9:55 AM
* TOT - Council
Birch, Greg; Brennan, Meghan
Employee Suspension

Good Morning,
I bad a call from Robert Fox of Montreal He wanted to pass his comments to Council as follows:
"In Mr. Moffatt's social media comments, be did not mention who his employer was- it was a singular
person's opinion, done on his own time, with his own equipment. Secondly, the word "karmic" doesn't' mean
anyone's at fault. It's a grand spiritual plan suggesting these things happen. Mr. Fox stated that this is a really
odd decision of Council. He is calling on behalf ofTom and everyone's free speech."

Ker-ry V1M11tlaw~~
Administrative Services Manager
T:\ ISER

Town of Taber
A- 4900 SO Street
Taber AB TlG lTl

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Monday, May 09, 2016 11:07 AM
De Vlieger, Henk
* TOT - Council; Birch, Greg; Brennan, Meghan
RE: Employee Suspension

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Mayor De Vlieger,
The press release of last week speaks for itself, in which it states this. The people that are commentin s have read the
release. They are making their comments based on that. These people are requesting that their comments are passed
along to Council, in which we are doing. We do not diminish or restrict comments when people request that Council
have the comments.
Thank you,

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Kerry VGU11H.tMW
Administrative Services Manager
Town ofTaber
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Taber AB TlG lTl

Phone: (403) 223-5519


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Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016 10:00 AM
To: Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca>
Cc: *TOT- Council <TOT-Council@taber.ca>; Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca>; Brennan, Meghan
<Meghan. Brennan@taber .ca>
Subject: Re: Employee Suspension
Kerry, you can tell people that we are doing a investigating right now, and think it is unfair to give comments until that is
completed. Henk
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Good Morning,
I had a call from Robert Fox of Montreal. He wanted to pass his comments to Council as
follows:
" In Mr. Moffatt's social media comments, he did not mention who his employer was- it was a
singular person's opinion, done on his own time, with his own equipment. Secondly, the word
"karmic" doesn't' mean anyone's at fault. It's a grand spiritual plan suggesting these things
happen. Mr. Fox stated that this is a really odd decision of Council. He is calling on behalf of
Tom and everyone's free speech."

K~ryV~H~~
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Monday, May 09, 2016 1:34 PM
De Vlieger, Henk
* TOT - Council; Birch, Greg; Brennan, Meghan
RE: Employee Suspension

Mayor De Vlieger,
Yes, if they want to provide it. Some of these were voice mails left on my machine, with no return number.
Regards,

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Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016 11:53 AM
To: Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca>
Cc: De Vlieger, Henk <mayor@taber.ca>; TOT- Council <TOT-Council@taber.ca>; Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca>;
Brennan, Meghan <Meghan.Brennan@taber.ca>
Subject: Re: Employee Suspension
Hi Kerry, when people phone, do you take there phone #?
Sent from my iPhone
On May 9, 2016, at 11:07 AM, Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca> wrote:
Mayor De Vlieger,
The press release of last week speaks for itself, in which it states this. The people that are commenting
have read the release. They are making their comments based on that. These people are requesting

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Administrative Services Manager
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Phone: (403) 223~5519


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Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016 10:00 AM
To: Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca>
Cc: TOT- Council <TOT-Council@taber.ca>; Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca>; Brennan, Meghan
<Meghan.Brennan@taber.ca>
Subject: Re: Employee Suspension
Kerry, you can tell people that we are doing a investigating right now, and think it is unfair to give
comments until that is completed. Henk
Sent from my iPhone
On May 9, 2016, at 9:54AM, Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca> wrote:

Good Morning,
I had a call from Robert Fox of Montreal. He wanted to pass his comments to
Council as follows:
" In Mr. Moffatt's social media comments, he did not mention who his employer
was- it was a singular person's opinion, done on his own time, with his own
equipment. Secondly, the word #karmic" doesn't' mean anyone's at fault. It's a
grand spiritual plan suggesting these things happen. Mr. Fox stated that this is a
really odd decision of Council. He is calling on behalf ofT om and everyone's free
speech."

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Administrative Services Manager


Town ofTaber
A - 4900 50 Street
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-5519
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 9:06 AM
Firth, Brittany
Holmen, Aline
RE: Phone Call Complaint

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Hi Brittany,
I'm sorry that you had this experience. Sounds like you handled it well. albeit it shook you up, as thmgs.like this tend to
do. Comments such as this are passed along to Council, so I will remove your name from it and forward it to
them. Please note that you, nor anyone needs to endure this type of treatment, please know that you have the full
support of Mr. Birch in this regard.
Thanks Brittany! Hope you have a better day today.

Kerry VCNn~H.tMW
Administrative Services Manager
Town of Taber
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From: Firth, Brittany


Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016 2:57 PM
To: Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca>
Cc: Holmen, Aline <Aiine.Holmen@taber.ca>
Subject: Phone Call Complaint

Hi Kerry,
I received a phone call this afternoon around two from a man regarding the incident with
Tom. He did not give me his name, but immediately after I had answered the phone he
began to curse at me. He said he has been phoning around to speak to someone about
Tom and has not gotten through or has been hung up on when he did get through. I
asked him if he was looking to talk to someone in the town office or management, he
told me no he knew if he kept calling he would get someone stupid enough like me to

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listen to him. He told me that not only is the town a f***ing disgusting place, but I am a
f****ing disgusting person for working for such a place, and that I should be ashamed
of myself. Every Town employee is disgusting in his eyes. He said that Tom is a
despicable person and his remarks are the most ignorant thing he has ever read. The
fact that the town is keeping him on their payroll is outrageous and he deserves to be
fired. He said he will not be supporting anything to do with the town of taber now,
including no longer purchasing Taber corn and that everyone else will be following him in
offering no support to taber. As he was talking I tried to interrupt him numerous times
to see if I could forward him on to a manager and he told me to shut up and listen to
him. He was incredibly rude and cursed at me throughout the entire conversation, when
he was done he hung up on me. He had a lot more to say but I was not really expecting
a phone call like that and I was a little shaken up from it so I can't remember anything
-AJse he had to say:-I-spoke with Aline about It and we did a reverse 411 phone-r~~-r-n---
to see if we could find his name. The only thing that showed up was M. Dobbs from Red
Deer and his phone number is 403-347-5920.

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Brittany Firth
Clerk Typist I
Town of Taber
4700 SOST
Taber, AB TlG 2B6

Phone: (403) 223-5544 (3)


Fax:
(403) 223-5568
Visit our website at http ://www.taber.ca

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Make sure the search box is on "current mailbox". If it says something other than "current mailbox",
click on the drop down and select "current mailbox".
You will need to perform the search for the FOIP request seven times as follows.
Click in the instant search box and type "Tom".
If you have any email correspondence with the name Tom in it, it will appear and you will have to click
on it and determine if it relates to ''Tom Moffatt and his comments online regarding the Fort McMurray
fire" for the time period May 1, 2016 to June 23, 2016.
Please print all emails that relate to "Tom Moffatt and his comments online regarding the Fort
McMurray fire".
Once all your emails have been searched for ''Tom" you need to repeat the same process using the
words "Moffatt", "Fort", "Ft.", "Tweet", ''Twitter", and "Facebook" to ensure that all correspondence
regarding this issue has been found.

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Don't worry if the search has created duplicates, it is not for us to sort or organize the info. We have to
comply to ensure that all correspondance has been provided.
Once all the email documents have been printed, please send to Barkley Busch, who is the FOlP
Coordinator with the Town.

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Moffatt, Tom
From:

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Attachments:

Busch, Barkley
June-23-16 10:32 AM
" TOT Council; Birch, Greg; Brennan, Meghan; Van Ham, Kerry; Wannop, Devon;
Moffatt, Tom; Holmen, Aline
FOIP request requirement
Procedures to search your email social media incident.docx

Good Morning,
The Town of Taber has received a FOIP Request asking for "all documents, including emails, regarding Tom Moffatt and
his comments online about the Fort McMurray Fire".
To respond to this request, I have attached a document to this email that will tell you how to search your email in a
simplified step by step process. Usually this search could be achieved by using our email archiver software, but I am told
that this software has not been working for the past few months and that we are currently working to fix it.
I realize this will take up a bit of our time, but we are legislated as a public body under the FOIP Act to provide all
records responsive to this request. As we are under mandated timelines to respond, please provide me with any records
resulting from your search by 4:30pm on Monday, June 27, 2016.
If you have any questions regarding this, please call me at 403223 6000.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

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Human Resources Manager
Town of Taber
A 4900 - SO Street
Taber, AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403} 223-6000
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(403} 22.35530

Moffatt, Tom
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Moffatt, Tom
June-07-1611:47 AM
* TOT - Everyone Except Police
Abela, Graham; Bell, Dana
Return to work

Hello,
I am back to work after an absence and I would like to let Town of Taber staff know that I am sorry for the
recent additional workload caused by one of my personal tweets.
I would also like to say that while some public statements have been made in the media that I think citizens of
Fort McMurray deserve their fate or that I take pleasure in their misfortune, this is not the case.
You can contact me for Information Technology issues as before. I would also like to thank our capable I.T.
staff, AI Abdel Khaliq and Michael Stevens, for doing a great job supporting our I.T. needs during my absence.
Sincerely,
Tom Moffatt
Manager of I.T.

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Manager of Information Technology
Town ofTaber
4900 A- SO Street
Taber, AB TlG lTl

Phone: (403} 223-6006


Fax:
(403) 223-5530

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Town of Taber Homepage <listserv@civicplus.com>


May-09-16 2:24PM
Moffatt, Tom
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Birch, Greg
May-08-16 7:13PM
*TOT- Management Team;* TOT- Town Office
Re: Mayor's request for material related to Tom Moffat tweet

Hi,
last Thursday I sent out the email request below. This is to let you know that Mayor De Vlieger changed his mind about
this when informed about its possible implications on staff time. Therefore, please disregard the request.
Sincerely,
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber
> On May 5, 2016, at 5:42 PM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:

>
>Hello,
>
>I have a request from the Mayor to obtain copies of "all the correspondence that comes to the town by email, text,
Twitter Facebook mail or any other form" regarding the concerns raised by Tom Moffat's tweet regarding Fort
McMurray. I know from talking to some of you that the public's response is coming in by email and other means to
many people in the organization although not in significant volume. Meghan Brennan is receiving the majority of the
information and is monitoring our Facebook and Twitter feeds, so you can ignore that material. Meghan will capture it.
However, to meet the Mayor's request, if anyone else receives correspondence on this matter, please print it off and
give it to Meghan. She will collect the material.
>
>Thank you for your assistance. I appreciate that the Mayor's request will take up some of your time, especially for
those of you in a few key positions, but I suspect that the matter will be old news in a couple of days and then be over.
>
> Please do not hesitate to contact me if you hc:ve any questions about this.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP
> Chief Administrative Officer
>Town of Taber
> 4900 A - SO Street
>Taber AB TlG 1Tl
>Phone: (403) 223-6023
> Fax:
(403) 223-5530

>
>Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

>
>

Moffatt, Tom
From:

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Birch, Greg
May-07-16 3:53PM
Moffatt Tom
Re: Council Resolution - suspension

Hi Tom,
Will do. Take care.
Sincerely,
Greg Birch
Sent from my iPhone
On May 7, 2016, at ll :14 AM, Moffatt, Tom <Tom.Moffatt@taber.ca> wrote:
I've received your email with information about my suspension. Please keep me informed about
any further changes or information on this issue. I may be away from home for a period in the
upcoming week, but I will have my cell phone for email or phone ca11s, coverage permitting.

Sent from Tom Moffatt,


IT Manager,
Town of Taber
-------- Original message -------From: "Birch, Greg" <greg.birch@tabeu:a>
Date: 2016-05-06 7:44PM (GMT-07:00)
To: "Moffatt, Tom" <Tom.Moffatt@ltaher.ca>
Cc: "Wannop, Devon" <DFin@taber.ca>, "Busch, Barkley" <bbusch@taber.ca>
Subject: Council Resolution - suspensi(Jn
Hi Tom,
This is a follow-up to my telephone message left a few minutes ago.
It gives me no pleasure to tell you that at a Special Meeting this afternoon, Friday, May 6, 2016, Council adopted

lhe following resolution:


"MOVED by Councillor Sparks that Mr. Tom Moffat be suspended until further notice pending an investigation
into comments made on social media regarding the Fort McMurray tragedy."
Carried Unanimously
Although it is not stated in the resolution, Tom, Council agreed that this would be a suspension with pay.
This must be a very trying time for you and your family, and again I point out that we have an employee assistance
program that is available to you at no cost. There are people available to talk to 24 hours a day. You likely have all
of the information you need to access the service but please feel free to call me if I can help in that regard. Also,
please feel free to call if you want to discuss the situation or require further information.
1

Moffatt, Tom
From:
Sent:

To:
Subject

Moffatt, Tom
May-07-16 11:15 AM
Birch, Greg
Re: Council Resolution - suspension

I've received your email with information about my suspension. Please keep me informed about any further
changes or information on this issue. I may be away from home for a period in the upcoming week, but l will
have my cell phone for email or phone calls, coverage permitting.

ent from Tom Moffatt,


IT Manager,
Town of Taber
-------- Original message -------From: "Birch, Greg" <greg.birch@taber.ca>
Date: 2016-05-06 7:44PM (GMT-07:00)
To: "Moffatt, Tom" <Tom.Moffatt@laber.ca>
Cc: "Wannop, Devon" <DFin@taber.ca>, "Busch, Barkley" <bbusch@taber.ca>
Subject: Cour.cil Resolution - suspension
Hi Tom,
This is a follow-up to my telephone message left a few minutes ago.
It gives me no pleasure to tell you that at a Special Meeting this afternoon, Friday, May 6, 2016, Council adopted the following
resolution:
"MOVED by C<.'uncillor Srarks that Mr. Tom Moffat be !;Uspended until further notice penJing an investiga\ion into t:omments made
on social media regarding the Fort McMurray trngedy."
Carried Unanimously
Although it is not stated in the resolution, Tom, Council agreed that this would be a suspension with pay.
This must be a very trying time for you and your family, and again I point out that we have an employee assistance program that is
available to you at no cost. There are people available to talk to 24 hours a day. You likely have all of the infonnation you need to
access the service but please feel free to call me if I can help in that regard. Also, please feel free to call if you want to discuss the
situati0n or require further infon;mtion.
Sincerely,
Greg Birch
CAD, Town ofTaber

Moffatt, Tom
From:

Sent:
To:
Cc:
Subject

Birch, Greg
May-06-16 7:44PM
Moffatt, Tom
Wannop, Devon; Busch, Barkley
Council Resolution - suspension

HI Tom,
This is a follow-up to my telephone message left a few minutes ago.
It gives me no pleasure to tell you that at a Special Meeting this afternoon
, o owmg reso utron:
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MOVED by Councillor Sparks that Mr. Tom Moffat be suspended until further notice pending an investigation into
comments made on social media regarding the Fort McMurray tragedy."
Carried Unanimously
Although it is not stated in the resolution, Tom, Council agreed that this would be a suspension with pay.
This must be a very trying time for you and your family, and again I point out that we have an employee assistance
program that is available to you at no cost. There are people available to talk to 24 hours a day. You likely have all of the
information you need to access the service but please feel free to call me if I can help in that regard. Also, please feel
free to call if you want to discuss th~ situation or require further information.
Sincerely,
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber

Moffatt, Tom
From:

Sent:
To:

Subject

Dario Hudon-Verrelli (via Twitter) <notify@twitter.com>


May-06-16 7:17AM
Moffatt, Tom
Dario Hudon-Verrelli (@DarioHudon) liked a Tweet you were mentioned in!

Town of Taber,
A Tweet you were mentioned in got liked!

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Outrage following Fort McMurray


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May-06-16 6:28AM
Moffatt, Tom
Kris Hodgson (@hodgsonkr) mentioned you in conversation on Twitter!

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De Vlieger, Henk
May-05-16 9:44 PM
TOT- Town Office
Fwd: Town Employee Moffat

Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:
- - - - 'IIMDII'rltimr7ir1Cajm@shaw .ca>

Date: May 5, 2016 at 9:36:22 PM MDT


To: "De Vlieger, Henk" <mayor@taber.ca>
Subject: Town Employee Moffat
Reply-To: Rob <rkajm@shaw.ca>
Mr. Mayor,
I am sending this email to you in regards to the disgusting statement Moffat made on Twitter,
in regards to Fort Mac. I have a daughter who is a nurse in Fort Mac and her husband is a
fireman/paramedic, working up there as I write. Moffat is a disgrac~ to himself and Alberta. let
alone, him being an employee of your town. Do the right thing and fire the bastard!
R. Hora

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Moffatt, Tom
From:
Sent:

To:
Cc:
Subject:

De Vlieger, Henk
May-05-16 5:44PM
Birch, Greg
*TOT- Town Office;* TOT- Management Team;* TOT- Council
Re: Mayor's request for material related to Tom Moffat tweet

Thanks Greg
Sent from my iPhone
> On May 5, 2016, at 5:42 PM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
>Hello,

>
> I have a request from the Mayor to obtain copies of "all the correspondence that comes to the town by email, text,
Twitter Facebook mail or any other form" regarding the concerns raised by Tom Moffat's tweet regarding Fort
McMurray. I know from talking to some of you that the public's response is coming in by email and other means to
many people in the organization although not in significant volume. Meghan Brennan is receiving the majority of the
information and is monitoring our Facebook and Twitter feeds, so you can ignore that material. Meghan will capture it.
However, to meet the Mayor's request, if anyone else receives correspondence on this matter, please print it off and
give it to Meghan. She will collect the material.
>
>Thank you for your assistance. I appreciate that the Mayor's request will take up some of your time, especially for
those of you in a few key positions, but I suspect that the matter will be old news in a couple of days and then be over.

>
> Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this.
>
>Sincerely,
>
> Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP
> Chfef Administrative Officer
>Town of Taber
> 4900 A SO Street
> Taber AB TlG 1 Tl
>Phone: (403) 223-6023
> Fax:
(403) 223-5530

>
>Visit our website at http:/ /www.taber.ca

>
>

Moffatt, Tom
From:
Sent:
To:

Cc:
Subject:

Birch, Greg
May-05-16 5:42PM
*TOT- Town Office; * TOT- Management Team
* TOT - Council
Mayor's request for material related to Tom Moffat tweet

Hello,
I have a request from the Mayor to obtain copies of "all the correspondence that comes to the town by email, text,
Twitter Facebook mail or any other form" regarding the concerns raised by Tom Moffat's tweet regarding Fort
McMurray. I know from talking to some of you that the public's response is coming in by email and other means to
manv people in the organization althOi.Tgh not tn sigmhcant volume. Meghan Brennan is receiving the majority of the
information and is monitoring our Facebook and Twitter feeds, so you can ignore that material. Meghan will capture it.
However, to meet the Mayor's request, if anyone else receives correspondence on this matter, please print it off and
give it to Meghan. She will collect the material.
Thank you for your assistance. I appreciate that the Mayor's request will take up some of your time, especially for those
of you in a few key positions, but I suspect that the matter will be old news in a couple of days and then be over.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this.
Sincerely,
Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP
Chief Administrative Officer
Town ofTaber
4900 A- 50 Street
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-6023
Fax:
(403) 223-5~30
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

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Attachments:

Debi Charlesworth < Debi.Charlesworth@ lethlib.ca >


May-04-16 4:24PM
Board: Allan Quinton; Board: Bob Cooney; Board: Edith Olson; Board: Ian Franks; Board:
John Carstairs; Board: Linda Erickson; Board: Liz Iwaskiw; Board: Ross Djuve; Moffatt,
Tom; Board: Vic Mensch
Press Release Today
Fort McMurray Fire statement from Lethbridge Library Board.pdf

Hi All
Please find attached a press release sent out today as authorized by Board Chair.
Thanks

Debi Charlesworth
M iln:.ger Corporilte Servir.es

Telephone: 403.320.3147
Cell Phone: 403.360.2938
E-mail: debl.charleswonh@lethllb.ca

The crossings Branch


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For Release: May 4, 2016

bernice.duguay@lethlib.ca
403-380-7336
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Bernice Duguay
Communications Coordinator

Lethbridge Public Library Board


Statement re tweet by Tom Moffatt
The Lethbridge Public Library stands with all Albertans in extending our thoughts and sympathies to the
residents of Fort McMurray, to the brave firefighters, emergency management teams and to all the people
who have opened their hearts and homes in this time of crisis. We are also prepared to support the staff
and volunteers at the Fort McMurray Public library should they require assistance in the days to come.
The Lethbridge Public library Board v: ishes to unequivocally state that a tweet sent yesterde~y by volunteer
Library Board member Tom Moffatt, on a personal account and concerning his view on the Fort McMurray
fire, does not in any manner reflect the view of the Lethbridge Public Library Board or the Lethbridge Public
Library !'taff or volunteers.

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Busch, Barkley
From:

De Vlieger, Henk

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To:
Subject:

Thursday, May OS, 2016 9:44 PM


*TOT- Town Office
Fwd: Town Employee Moffat

Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:
-----li'P.Olll!1t~r1Uiifmwshaw.ca>

Date: May 5, 2016 at 9:36:22 PM MDT


To: "De Vlieger, Henk" <mayort@,taber.ca>
Subject: Town Employee Moffat
Reply-To: Rob <rkajm@shaw.ca>
Mr. Mayor,
I am sending this email to you in regards to the disgusting statement Moffat made on Twitter,
in regards to Fort Mac. I have a daughter who is a nurse in Fort Mac and her husband is a
fireman/paramedic, working up there as l write. Moffat is a disgrace to himself and Alberta. let
alone, him being an employee of your town. Do the right thing and fire the bastard!

R. Hora

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Busch, Barkley
From:
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To:
Subject:
Attachments:

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 5:45 AM


Busch, Barkley

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Not sure what your next step is with Mr Moffatt but I thought I would be opportunistic.
Please reach out if interested.

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Busch, Barkley
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To:
Subject:

Clint Delisle <clintdelisle@shaw.ca>


Thursday, May OS, 2016 8:06 AM
De Vlieger, Henk; Busch, Barkley; Busch, Barkley
Serious concern for professionalism

TO:
His Worship Henk De Vlieger,
Mayor of Taber
Dear Sir
I write to you with a serious concern about your staff. I personally am tasked with leading a number of small companies,
including an IT company. It Is vital that the professionalism of our staff is checked and re-checked due to the critical data
they have access to. We have on occasion found staff with problems and immediately reassigned, retrained, or
terminated them. Professionalism is critical to good IT practices.
As such I was very disturbed to Jearn that Tom Moffatt on the IT staff at the town of Taber made a point of attacking a
burning town saying it was 'Karmic' and using the slogan 'Feel the Bern'.
http://imgur.com/AJ920bx
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-moffatt-2811a751
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note that I support and vehemently defend everyone's right to free expression and political views.

This statement is, in my opinion, a serious breach of professional conduct for a staff member of an Alberta town.
Tact, and professional detachment are vital where people have access to sensitive data. Publically promoting a political
viewpoint over the personal suffering of fellow Albertan townspeople shows a serious failing in this regard A Jack of
apology for the mis-step is a further indication of a misunderstanding of personal and professional separation. While in
my opinion there Is no such thing as ,karma' there is something called 'professionalism, and it is vital to the IT industry.
Speaking as an expert in IT, one significantly more qualified than Mr. Moffatt, I can assure you that such an outburst
from one of my employees would have them sent squarely to HR for a review. I would encourage you to review the
serious failing in your employees and at the minimum ensure that proper discipline and decorum is added to this
persons training regimen.
Sincerely,
Clint Delisle

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Busch, Barkley
Thursday, May 05, 2016 8:54 AM
Birch, Greg
FW: Serious concern for professionalism

This is addressed to the Mayor, I will Jet you deal with it.
Thanks

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To: De Vlieger, Henk <mayor@taber.ca>; Busch, Barkley <bbusch@taber.ca>; Busch, Barkley <bbusch@taber.ca>
Subject: Serious concern for professionalism

TO:
His Worship Henk De Vlieger,
Mayor of Taber
Dear Sir;
I write to you with a serious concern about your staff. I personally am tasked with leading a number of small companies,
including an IT company. It is vital that the professionalism of our staff is checked and re-checked due to the critical data
they have access to. We have on occasion found staff with problems and immediately reassigned, retrained, or
terminated them. Professionalism is critical to good IT practices.
As such I was very disturbed to learn that Tom Moffatt on the IT staff at the town of Taber made a point of attacking a
burning town saying it was 'Karmic' and using the slogan 'Feel the Bern'.
http://imgur.com/AJ920bx
https:Uwww.linkedin.com/in/tom-moffatt-2811a751
I will note that I support and vehemently defend everyone's right to free expression and political views.
This statement is, in my opinion, a serious breach of professional conduct for a staff member of an Alberta town.
Tact, and professional detachment are vital where people have access to sensitive data. Publically promoting a political
viewpoint over the personal suffering of fellow Albertan townspeople shows a serious failing in this regard. A lack of
apology for the mis-step is a further indication of a misunderstanding of personal and professional separation. While in
my opinion there is no such thing as 'karma' there Is something called 'professionalism' and it is vital to the IT industry.
Speaking as an expert in IT, one significantly more qualified than Mr. Moffatt, I can assure you that such an outburst
from one of my employees would have them sent squarely to HR for a review. I would encourage you to review the
serious failing in your employees and at the minimum ensure that proper discipline and decorum is added to this
persons training regimen.
Sincerely,
1

Clint Delisle

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Valerie Sheppard <valeriesheppard72S@gmail.com>


Thursday, May OS, 2016 12:42 PM
Busch, Barkley
Fire Tom Moffat

You need to fire Tom Moffat. Comments he made regarding Fort McMurray, in or out of context, are beyond offensive I
He needs to be run out of Alberta.
Don't support that kind of person on any level. Do the right thing and terminate his employment with your office today.
And make it public so we all know he's gone.
Thank you.
Valerie Sheppard

Sent from my iPad

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e_tarves@yahoo.ca
Thursday, May 05, 2016 12:58 PM
Busch, Barkley
RE: Tom Moffatt

Good afternoon,
Firstly I want to clarify that this is only my opinion, take it for what it is.
Regarding the-recent onUne comments by Mr. Moffat, I eannet understand why anyone would want to retain
such a hateful, vindictive, cruel person, on their payroll.
His comments and views are grossly inappropriate, and if he hates anyone who simply lives in a certain city,
based on what powers the local economy, maybe he needs relocate to eastern Canada where his western
hating views will be better received.
I cannot possibly begin to understand how anyone could work with such a horrible person, I highly doubt his
skill package is unique, and in this e:conomy (trust me, I know all too well, I lost my job Feb8) I'm sure his
position can be quickly filled by someone who doesn't wish ill on 80,000 people, because he would rather buy
oil from nice countries like Arabia.
Thank you for your time,
Erik Tarves
Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Bell network.

Busch, Barkley
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Busch, Barkley
Thursday, May OS, 2016 2:35 PM
Birch, Greg
FW: Fire Tom Moffat

--Original Message-From: Valerie Sheppard [mailto:valeriesheppard725@gmail.com]


Sent: Thursday, May OS, 2016 12:42 PM
To: Busch, Barkley <bbusch@taber.ca>

You need to fire Tom Moffat. Comments he made regarding Fort McMurray, in or out of context, are beyond offensive!
He needs to be run out of Alberta.
Don't support that kind of person on any level. Do the right thing and terminate his employment with your office today.
And make it public so we all know he's gone.
Thank you.
Valerie Sheppard

Sent from my iPad

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Busch, Barkley
Thursday, May OS, 2016 2:39 PM
Birch, Greg
FW: Tom Moffatt

From: e_tarves@yahoo.ca [mailto:e_tarves@yahoo.ca}

Sent: Thursday, May OS, 2016 12:58 PM


To: Busch, Barkley <bbusch@taber.ca>
Subject: RE: Tom Moffatt

Good afternoon,
Firstly I want to clarify that this is only my opinion, take it for what it is.
Regarding the recent online comments by Mr.Moffat, I cannot understand why anyone would want to retain
such a hateful, vindictive, cruel person, on their payroll.
His comments and views are grossly inappropriate, and if he hates anyone who simply lives in a certain city,
based on what powers the local economy, maybe he needs relocate to eastern Canada where his western
hating views will be better received.
I cannot possibly begin to understand how anyone could work with such a horrible person, I highly doubt his
skill package is unique, and in this economy (trust me, I know all too well, I lost my job Feb8) I'm sure his
position can be quickly filled by someone who doesn't wish ill on 80,000 people, because he would rather buy
oil from nice countries like Arabia.
Thank you for your time,
Erik Tarves
Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Bell network.

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Busch, Barkley
From:

Birch, Greg
Thursday, May 05, 2016 5:29 PM
Busch, Barkley
RE: Serious concern for professionalism

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Hi,
In that Mayor De Vlieger received this directly, I will leave it up to him to respond.
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From: Busch, Barkley

Sent: Thursday, May OS, 2016 8:54AM


To: Birch, Greg

Subject: FW: Serious concern for professionalism


This is addressed to the Mayor, I will let you deal with it.
Thanks
BB
From: Clint Delisle [mailto:clintdelisle@shaw.ca]
Sent: Thursday, May OS, 2016 8:06AM
To: De Vlieger, Henk <mayor@taber.ca>; Busch, Barkley <bbusch@taber.ca>; Busch, Barkley <bbusch@taber.ca>
Subject: Serious concern for professionalism

TO:
His Worship Henk De Vlieger,
Mayor of Taber
Dear Sir;
I write to you with a serious concern about your staff. I personally am tasked with leading a number of small companies,
including an IT company. It is vital that the professionalism of our staff is checked and re-checked due to the critical data
they have access to. We have on occasion found staff with problems and immediately reassigned, retrained, or
terminated them. Professionalism is critical to good IT practices.
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As such I was very disturbed to learn that Tom Moffatt on the IT staff at the town of Taber made a point of attacking a
burning town saying it was 'Karmic' and using the slogan 'Feel the Bern'.
http://imgur.com/AJ920bx
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-moffatt-2811a751
I will note that I support and vehemently defend everyone' s r ight to free expression and political views.
This statement is, in my opinion, a serious breach of professional conduct for a staff member of an Alberta town.
Tact, and professional detachment are vital where people have access to sensitive data. Publically promoting a political
viewpoint over the personal suffering of fellow Albertan townspeople shows a serious failing in this regard. A lack of
apology for the mis-step is a further indication of a misunderstanding of personal and professional separation. While in
my opinion there is no such thing as 'karma' there is somethin called '
lism!.aod-.it-15-Yital-te-the-fF-in~
Speaking as an expert in IT, one significantly more qualified than Mr. Moffatt, I can assure you that such an outburst
from one of my employees would have them sent squarely to HR for a review. I would encourage you to review the
serious failing in your employees and at the minimum ensure that proper discipline and decorum is added to this
persons training regimen.
Sincerely,
Clint Delisle

Busch, Barkley
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Birch, Greg
Thursday, May 05, 2016 5:42 PM
*TOT- Town Office;* TOT ~ Management Team
* TOT - Council
Mayor's request for material related to Tom Moffat tweet

Hello,

I have a request from the Mayor to obtain copies of "all the correspondence that comes to the town by email, text,
Twitter Facebook mail or any other form" regarding the concerns raised by Tom Moffat's tweet regarding Fort
McMurray. I know from talking to some of you that the public's response is coming in by email and other means to
many people ln tne orgamzatlon although not in significant volume. Meghan Brennan is receiving the majority of the
information and is monitoring our Facebook and Twitter feeds, so you can ignore that material. Meghan will capture it.
However, to meet the Mayor's request, if anyone else receives correspondence on this matter, please print it off and
give it to Meghan. She will collect the material.
Thank you for your assistance. I appreciate that the Mayor's request will take up some of your time, especially for those
of you in a few key positions, but I suspect that the matter will be old news in a couple of days and then be over.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this.
Sincerely,
Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP
Chief Administrative Officer
Town ofTaber
4900 A- SO Street
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: {403) 223-6023
Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Visit our website at http:/ /www.taber.ca

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Thursday, May OS, 2016 5:44 PM
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TOT- Town Office; TOT- Management Team;* TOT - Council
Re: Mayor's request for material related to Tom Moffat tweet

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>
> I have a request from the Mayor to obtain copies of "all the correspondence that comes to the town by email, text,
Twitter Facebook mail or any other form" regarding the concerns raised by Tom Moffat's tweet regarding Fort
McMurray. I know from talking to some of you that the public's response is coming in by email and other means to
many people in the organization although not in significant volume. Meghan Brennan is receiving the majority of the
information and is monitoring our Facebook and Twitter feeds, so you can ignore that material. Meghan will capture it.
However, to meet the Mayor's request, if anyone else receives correspondence on this matter, please print it off and
give it to Meghan. She will collect the material.

>
>Thank you for your assistance. I appreciate that the Mayor's request will take up some of your time, especially for
those of you in a few key positions, but I suspect that the matter will be old news in a couple of days and then be over.
>
>Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this.

>
> Sincerely,

>
>Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP
> Chief Administrative Officer
> Town of Taber
> 4900 A - so Street
>Taber AB TlG lTl
> Phone: (403) 223-6023
>Fax:
(403) 223-5530

>
> Visit our website at http://www. taber.ca

>
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Birch, Greg
Friday, May 06, 2016 6:32 PM
TOT - Council
Brennan, Meghan; Wannop, Devon; Busch, Barkley
May 6, 2016 Council Resolution regarding Tom Moffat

Hello,
The resolution passed by Council at its Special Meeting on Friday, May 6, 2016 was as follows:
"MOVED by Councillor Sparks that Mr. Tom Moffat be suspended until further notice pending an investigation into
comments made on social media regardin the Fort Me
"

Sincerely,
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber

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Birch, Greg
Friday, May 06, 2016 7:44 PM
Moffatt, Tom
Wannop, Devon; Busch, Barkley
Council Resolution - suspension

Hi Tom,
This is a follow-up to my telephone message left a few minutes ago.
It gives me no pleasure to tell ou that a
his after neon, Fridar,May 6, 2016, council adopted the
o owmg reso ution:
"MOVED by Councillor Sparks that Mr. Tom Moffat be suspended until further notice pending an investigation into
comments made on social media regarding the Fort McMurray tragedy."
Carried Unanimously
Although it is not stated in the resolution, Tom, Council agreed that this would be a suspension with pay.
This must be a very trying time for you and your family, and again I point out that we have an employee assistance
program that is available to you at no cost. There are people available to talk to 24 hours a day. You likely have all of the
information you need to access the service but please feel free to call me if I can help in that regard. Also, please feel
free to call if you want to discuss the situation or require further information.
Sincerely,
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber

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Busch, Barkley
From:

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Birch, Greg
Sunday, May 08, 2016 7:13 PM
*TOT- Management Team; TOT - Town Office
Re: Mayor's request for material related to Tom Moffat tweet

Hi,
Last Thursday I sent out the email request below. This is to let you know that Mayor De Vlieger changed his mind about
this when informed about its possible implications on staff time. Therefore, please disregard the request.
Sincerely,
Greg Birch
CAO, Town ofTaber
>On May 5, 2016, at 5:42PM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:

>
>Hello,

>
> I have a request from the Mayor to obtain copies of "all the correspondence that comes to the town by email, text,
Twitter Face book mail or any other form" regarding the concerns raised by Tom Moffat's tweet regarding Fort
McMurray. I know from talking to some of you that the public's response is coming in by email and other means to
many people in the organization although not in significant volume. Meghan Brennan is receiving the majority of the
information and is monitoring our Facebook and Twitter feeds, so you can ignore that material. Meghan will capture it.
However, to meet the Mayor's request, if anyone else receives correspondence on this matter, please print it off and
give it to Meghan. She will collect the material.

>
>Thank you for your assistance. I appreciate that the Mayor's request will take up some of your time, especially for
those of you in a few key positions, but I suspect that the matter will be old news in a couple of days and then be over.
>
> Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this.
>
>Sincerely,
>
>Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP
>Chief Administrative Officer
>Town of Taber
> 4900 A - 50 Street
>Taber AB TlG lTl
> Phone: (403) 223-6023
> Fax:
(403) 223-5530
>
>Visit our website at http:/ /www.taber.ca

>
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 8:54AM
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disciplinary-suspension 1-t Moffatt May 2016.doc
disciplinary-suspension 1-t Moffatt May 2016.doc

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Friday, June 03, 2016 3:53 PM
Busch, Barkley
draft letter
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Feel free to suggest changes.


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Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Taber
4900 A - 50 Street
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-6023
Fax:
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Moffatt, Tom
Busch, Barkley; Wannop, Devon
Return to work - June 6, 2016
TM letter 2.doc

To:
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Attachments:

Hi Tom,
I look forward to seeing you on Monday. The attached letter provides a summary of some of our recent discussions.

Gr-~'BW~ RPP, l--iCIP


Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Taber
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4900 A - 50 Street

Taber AS TlG lTl


Phone: (403) 223-6023
Fax:
(403) 223-5530

Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

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Birch, Greg
Friday, June 03, 2016 5:36 PM
All Staff
* TOT - Council
Tom Moffatt returning to work on June 6, 2016

Good afternoon,
Tom Moffatt will be returning to work on Monday, May 6, 2016. His Tweet and subsequent suspension have been
sensitive and disruptive events on many levels, and there are a variety of opinions regarding those events. Regardless of
where you stand on the issues involved, I ask that you treat Tom with respect when he returns He is an impoftcml--- - - contributor to the Town's operation.
Sincerely,
Gt'~'81c;h,. 'R.PP, MCIP
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Taber
4900 A- 50 Street
T.\ll EJ~
Taber AB TlG 1T1
Phone: (403) 2236023
Fax:
(403) 2235530
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

Busch, Barkley
From:
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Birch, Greg
Friday, June 03, 2016 7:12 PM
'Tom Moffatt'
Wannop, Devon; Busch, Barkley
Return to Work - June 6, 2016
TM letter 2.doc

Cc:
Subject:
Attachments:

Hi Tom,
I look forward to seeing you on Monday. The attached letter provides a summary of some of our recent discussions.
- -Sincerely,

GY~'BW~

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Chief Administrative Officer


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Town of Taber
4900 A- 50 Street
TAUER
Taber AB TlG 1Tl
Phone: (403) 223-6023
Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

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Birch, Greg
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 10:04 AM
Samy, Christina
Busch, Barkley; Wannop, Devon; Moffatt, Tom
Tom Moffat getting Town phone

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Hi,
As discussed, this is to confirm that as of Monday, June 6, 2016, Tom Moffat will be using a Town of Taber cellular
telephone for his business use. He will no longer get the telephone subsidy payment.
Sincerely,
Gr~'Bicl-v,

'RPP. MCIP

Chief Administrative Officer


Town of Taber
4900 A- 50 Street
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Taber AB TlG 1T1
Phone: {403) 2236023
Fax:
(403) 223-5530
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Moffatt, Tom
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 11:47 AM
* TOT - Everyone Except Police
Abela, Graham; Bell, Dana
Return to work

Cc:
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Hello,
I am back to work after an absence and I would like to let Town of Taber staff know that I am sorry for the
recent additional workload caused by one of my personal tweets.
I would also like to say that while some public statements have been made in the media that I think citizens of
Fort McMurray deserve their fate or that I take pleasure in their misfortune, this is not the case.
You can contact me for Information Technology issues as before. I would also like to thank our capable I.T.
staff, AI Abdel Khaliq and Michael Stevens, for doing a great job supporting our I.T. needs during my absence.
Sincerely,
Tom Moffatt
Manager of I.T.

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Manager of Information Technology
Town of Taber
4900 A - SO Street
Taber, AB TlG lTl

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>> On May 16, 2916, at 9:13 AM, Birch, Greg <greg .birch@taber.ca> wrote:

Good morning,

>> Mayor De Vlieger asked about the Facebook page that seems to be in Tom Moffat ' s name and has
the Town's logo featured prominently on i t. He asked that I request that the logo be removed. I
investigated the matter when I had time last week and can advise as follows.

>> The first step in getting on Facebook is to create an account. Facebook requires that a
human-type name be given to create that account. The hTown of Taber" wil l not work.
Consequently, the page Mayor De Vlieger i s commenting on is the Town of Taber's primary account
page. It allows us to set up a number of separate pages that can be more specific. If one
looks at the account page, there is very little communication to it and almost nothing put on
the page by Mr. Moffat. It is rarely used.
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>> As mentioned above, once you have an account you can create several pages that are more
specific if you want. Hence there is the main Town of Taber Facebook page and there could be
ones for police or fire that are also created under that account. The Town's main Facebook page
operates under the Tom Moffat Town accoun t ls the active one for the Town. Several people have
access to use it, including Meghan Brennan, Aline Holmen and Cory Armfelt.

>>We cannot easily change the initial account page to remove Tom Moffat's name but we are
exploring options. If we do remove Tom Moffat 's name, the account still has state another
person's name and the name assigned to the account will appear by default. It makes no sense to
r emove the Town logo because it is the Town's basic Facebook account page, not Mr . Moffat 's.

That said, our IT department has full access to this account page. They have now changed the
settings on it to make it more private and less visible to the public. Note that Mr. Moffat set
up a separate, personal account at home for his own use and it was his personal account t~at
was used for the offending comment about Fort McMurray.

>> Interestingly, the Taber Police Department and Fire Department have pages of their own that
were not set up under the Town's base account. I did not know that until last week. While you
do not see it, those pages run on accounts that have been set up personally. E.g., Graham Abela
is the account holder for the Taber Police Service page, which runs under his personal account
page. lt raises the question of what happens if these account holders leave the Town because
the IT department does not have any control over those accounts.

>> These type of issues are relatively new to the Town and other organizations, and are why we
are developing a new comnunications policy. The existing policies do not address social media
issues. They were written when newspapers, radio and television were the media. Our policy
review was started on a low priority basis several months ago and was moved up in priority by
Council's recent resolution. It should also be noted that it was this larger concern that the
Town of Taber needed to catch up that led to ~Y decision to reorganize last year and the
subsequent hiring of someone - Ms. Brennan - who could spend time looking after this new social
edia environment.
>>
>> If you have questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact me.

- Sincerely,

Greg Birch
>> CAO, Town of Taber

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Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016 9:14AM
To: Farough, Lori
Subject: Climate Change and Fort McMurray

Dear Mayor Htmk De Vlieger and members of Council.


Su~opcnsion of your employee-regarding climate change remark.
The following link is from BBC, a not insignificant news source wilh world renown writers and
accuracy second to none.

Clearly there are links to the Fort McMurray fire and our changing climate. Not Mting fires bum more
frequently is another reason .
Several other world news sources including the CBC also cited our changing climate so what your
employee was doing was agreeing with world renown sources.
Back in 1971 . my first professional job was with the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission. I
was assigned us the planner to your town and found it a pleasure to work with, forward thinking and
progressive. To hear an employee is suspended lor agreeing with what mosl competent scientists in the
world think, is totally unacceptable.
His n:marks may have been inappropriatt:, but we're certainly not talse or incorrect. . Suspending
sumconc's livihood fur saying something you disagree with is blatantly wrong.
Sincerely,
Code Clements
PS your suspension has made national news and will go international, and it makes the Town of Taber
look just plain stupid, unfair and with your head in the sand. That is not the community I worked for
and with for 8 years.
What has happened to Taber? Losing your job tor telling a truth!
See BBC link
'Perfect stom1' of El Niiio and warming boosted Albc11a lircs- http://www.bbc,co.uk/news/scicneccnvironmcnt-36212145
copy mayor, Taber Times

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Date: May 4, 2016 at 7:40.40 PM MDT
To: "'e Vlieger, Henk" <mavortabs:r.c:a>
Subject: Tom Moffatt
Dear Mayor DeVIiger:
like many Canadians this evening our family sadly watched news reports on the
devastation of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Despite the polarizing nature of the oil
Industry, Fort McMurray Is a hard working city that brings people together from all
over our great country looking for opportunity to provide a better life for their
families.
And like many Canadians we hope to help stem the misery and assist In the
forthcoming rebuild of Fort McMurray, being from Ontario we can only offer our
support through the Red Cross at this time.
Our reaction turned to anger and outrage when we read reports that one of Taber's
employees, Tom Moffatt, tweeted an inappropriate and politically motivated
comment at the expense of Fort McMurray's suffering.
Mr. Moffatt's comments are inexcusable and do not reflect the nature of Canadians
helping others when they are down. As a senior town official Mr. Moffatt's
comments damage the integrity of Taber, Alberta.
Mr. Moffatt needed to be mindful that the internet has a great power and he should
have used discretion in exercising his right to do so, unfortunately he did not, and
his actions are grounds for dismissal.
I trust and hope Mr. Moffatt's comments are not shared by the people and town
council of Taber, Alberta.
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Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 11:12 PM
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Cc: De Vlieger, Henk; Sparks, Randy; Strojwas, Joe; Brewin, Jack; Prokop, Andrew; Popadynetz,
Rick; Ross-Giroux, laura
Subject: Tom Moffatt

Hello all: as I'm sure yoo've all seen there has been a considerable outpooring of support for the
residents of Fort McMurray as they struggle through their time of crisis. You may also have seen
that one of yoor management staff has been making some truly deplorable comments on social
media, suggesting that there is some sort of karma in place- that the families in Fort McMurray are
somehow being punished for contributing to climate change.
I believe that a comment such as these are inconsistent with basic humanity, and certainy not in
keeping with being employed by a municipal body: there's an obligalion he (and your executive and
public servants) have to maintain decorum.
I strongly suggest that you censure Tom oub!iely and in the strongest possible terms. I am sure
that the vast majority of the people of Taber would agree w1th me.
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I have checked both of Tom's Facebook pages and find no evidence of this.
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Hello all: as I'm sure yoo've all seen there has been a considerable outpouring of support for the
residents of Fort McMurray as they struggle through !heir lime of crisis. Yoo may also have seen
that one of your management staff has been making some truly deplocable comments on social
media, suggesting that there Is some sort of karma in place -that the families In Fort McMurray are
somehow being punished for contributing to climate change.
I believe that a comment such as these are Inconsistent with basic humanity, and certalriy not In
keeping with being employed by a municipal body: there's an obligation he (and your executive and
public servants) have to maintain decorum.
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that the vast majority of the people of Taber would agree with me.
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J just wanted to express my personal support for you nnd to pr.tisc your cool and rotionul nttitude in this
issue. I completely ngn:e with every won! you've expressed publicly, based un what I've read in the
Edmonton Joumaltoday. 1'\e recently n:ad 11 book titled "So You've Been Publicly Shamed'' by Jon
Ronson. where the author describes how people's lives were destroyed by the Internet shaming mob
because ofone silly tweet or a joke.

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I just wam..:u to express my personal ~npport tor you and to praise your coni and r;ltiunal
attitude in this issue. I completely agn.:c w1th every word you've expressed publicly, based
un what I've n.:ad in the Edmonton Juumaltuday. I've n.:c..:ntly n.:ad a hunk titled "So You've
Been Publicly Shamed" by Jon Ronson, wl1en.: the author describes how people's lives wen:
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Into consideration or repeated, they are meaningless. Laura
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HI, attached are 3 poky tweets from Mr. Moffatt. They are In reference to the COI1Yl'1el1tS from the lawyer on page
3, "that the nature of those communications cold d be construed as potentially harmful to the relations betvt_een the
J own and.other-munidpalities" (-oaldale-and Lethbridge). Kim Gregbrought the Coaldaletweet to my attel!tion
when I had a meeting with him last week. 1 also have build up a reasonably good relation ship with mayor Chris
from Lethbridge, I hope they wont pay attention where that tweet came from. The tweet regarding my son Marten
refers to comment on page 3 "and/or run afoul of the Town's existing Social Media Polley, as it relates to the
Town's expettatlons that employees will not comment about the Town's operations. Henk

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Mayor De Vlieger asked about the Facebook page that seems to be in Tom Moffat ' s name and has
the Town ' s logo featured prominently on it . He asked that I request that the logo be removed. I
investigated the matter when I had time last week and can advise as follows.

The first step in getting on Facebook is to create an account. Facebook requires that a humantype name be given to create that account, The "Town of Taber" will not wor k. Consequently, the
page Mayor De Vlieger is commenting ~is_the Town of Taber~ pr~mar-y account page.- I t- allows
- - - us tO""Set Ujla number of separate pages that can be more specific , If one looks at the account
page, there is very little co~unication to it and almost nothing put on the page by Mr.
Moffat . It is rarely used.
As entioned above, once you have an account you can create several pages that are more
specific if you want. Hence there is the main Town of Taber Facebook page and there could be
ones for police or fire that are also created under that account. The Town ' s main Facebook page
operates under the Tom Moffat Town account is the active one for the Town. Several people have
access to use it , including Meghan Brennan, Aline Hol~en and Cory Armfelt .
We cannot easily change the initial account page to remove Tom Moffat's name but we are
exploring options. If we do re.ove Tom Moffat ' s naGe, the account still has state another
person's name and the name assigned to the account will appear by defaul t. It makes no sense to
remove the Town logo because it is the Town's basic Facebook account page, not Mr . Moffat's.
That said, our IT department has full access to this account page. They have now changed the
settings on it to make it more private and less visible to the public, Note that Mr. Moffat set
up a separate, personal account at home for his own use and it was his personal account that
was used for the offending comment about Fort McMurray .
Interestingly, the Taber Police Department and Fire Department have pages of their own that
were not set up under the Town's base account . I did not know that until last week . While you
do not see it, those pages run on accounts that have been set up personally . E.g., Graham Abela
is the account holder for the Taber Police Service page , which runs under his personal account
page. It raises the question of what happens if these account holders leave the Town because
the IT department does not have any control over those accounts.
These type of issues are relatively new to the Town and other organizations, and are why we are
developing a new communications policy. The existing policies do not address social media
issues. They were written when newspapers, radio and television were the media. our policy
review was started on a low priority basis several months ago and was moved up in priority by
Council's recent resolution . It should also be noted that it was this larger concern that the
Town of Taber needed to catch up that led to my decision to reorganize last year and the
subsequent hiring of so~eone - Ms . Brennan - who could spend ti~e looking after this new social
media environment.
If you have questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Sincerely,
Greg Birch
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> Hi Greg, I am wondering how other communities are doing this? It does not look good to keep
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>> Mayor De Vlieger asked about the Facebook page that seems to be in Tom Moffat's name and has
the Town's logo featured pr ominently on it . He asked that I request that the logo be removed. I

investigated the matter when I had time last week and can advise as follows.

>> The first step in getting on Facebook is to create an account . facebook requires that a

human-type name be given to create that <:~ccount . The "Town of T<:~ber" will not 1~ork .
Consequently, the page Mayor De Vlieger i s commenting on is the Town of Taber ' s primary account
page. It allows U5 to set up a number of separate pages that can be more specific . If one
looks at the account page , t here i s very litt le communication to i t and almost nothing put on
the page by Mr . Moffat. It is r arely used.

>> As mentioned above, once you have an account you can create several pages that are more
specific if you want. Hence there is the main Town of Taber Facebook page and there could be
ones for police or fire that are also created under that account. The Town's main Facebook page
operates under the Tom Moffat Town account i s the active one for the Town. Several people have
access to use i t, including Meghan Brennan, Aline Holmen and Cory Armfelt .

We cannot easily change the initial account page to remove Tom ~loffat s name but we are
exploring options . If we do remove Tom Mof fat's name, the account sti l l has state another
person 's name and the name assigned to the account will appear by def ault. It makes no sense to
r emove the Town l ogo because it i s t he Town' s basic Facebook account page, not Mr. Moff at 's.

That said, our IT department has full access to this account page. They have now changed the
settings on it to ~ke it more private and less vi sible to the public. Note that Mr. Moffat set
up a separate, personal account at home for his own use and it was his personal account that
was used for the offending comment about Fort McMurray .

>> Interestingly, the Taber Police

_____

Depart~nt and Fire Department have pages of their own that


were not set up under the Town's base account. I did not know that until last week . While you
do not see it, those pages run on accounts that have been set up personally. E.g., Graham Abela
is the account holder for the Taber Police Service page, which runs under his personal account
page. It raises the question of what happens if these account holders leave the Town because
the IT department does not have any control over those accounts .

>> These type of issues are relatively new to the Town and other organizations, and are why we
are developing a new communications policy. The existing policies do not address social media
issues. They were written when newspapers, radio and television were the media. our policy
review was started on a low priority basis several months ago and was moved up in priority by
Council's recent resolution. It should also be noted that it was this larger concern that the
Town of Taber needed to catch up that led to my decision to reorganize last year and the
subsequent hiring of so~eone - Ms. Brennan who could spend ti~e looking after this new social
media environment.

-- -__,, If you have questions about this, plea ~ not hesitate to contac:t ....me. -

Sincerely,

Greg Birch
>> CAO, Town of Taber

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Wannop, Devon
From:

Sent:
To:
Cc:

Subject:

Dallas Paquette <d.paquette@shaw.ca>


May-03-1611:12 PM
Wannop, Devon; Birch, Greg
De Vlieger, Henk; Sparks, Randy; Strojwas, Joe; Brewin, Jack; Prokop, Andrew;
Popadynetz, Rick; Ross-Giroux, Laura
Tom Moffatt

Hello all: as I'm sure you've all seen there has been a considerable outpouring of support for the residents of Fort
McMurray as they struggle through their time of crisis. You may also have seen that one of your management staff has
been making some truly deplorable comments on social media, suggesting that there is some sort of karma in place - that
the families in Fort McMurray are somehow being punished for contributing to climate change.

--

--- -- --

--

--

I believe that a comment such as these are inconsistent with basic humanity, and certainly not in keeping with being
employed by a municipal body: there's an obligation he (and your executive and public servants) have to maintain
decorum.
I strongly suggest that you censure Tom publicly and in the strongest possible terms. I am sure that the vast majority of
the people of Taber would agree with me.
Thanks,
Dallas

Wannop,Devon
From:
Sent:
To:

Dallas Paquette <Dallas.Paquette@plygem.com>


May-04-16 10:44 AM
Birch, Greg; Wannop, Devon
De Vlieger, Henk; Sparks, Randy; Strojwas, Joe; Brewin, Jack; Prokop, Andrew;
Popadynetz. Rick; Ross-Giroux, Laura
RE: Fort McMurray Tweet

Cc:
Subject:

Greg,
Thank you so much for your response: very appropriately done.

--------------------

Dallas

From: Birch, Gre~ [mailto:greg.birch@taber.ca]


Sent: May-04-1610:35 AM
To: 'Dallas Paquette' <d.paquette@shaw.ca>; Wannop, Devon <DFin@taber.ca>
Cc: De Vlieger, Henk <mayor@taber.ca>; Sparks, Randy <rsparks@taber.ca>; Strojwas, Joe <Joe.Strojwas@taber.ca>;
Brewin, Jack <Jack.Brewin@taber.ca>; Prokop, Andrew <Andrew.Prokop@taber.ca>; Popadynetz, Rick
<Rick.Popadynetz@taber.ca>; Ross-Giroux, Laura <Laura.Ross-Giroux@taber.ca>
Subject: Fort McMurray Tweet
Good morning,
Thank you for helping to bring this issue to our attention and for expressing your concern. As you likely know if you
continued to monitor social media streams, the Town has undertaken to clarify that the opinion expressed in that
unfortunate tweet was that of an employee and certainly does not reflect the opinion of the Town. We are as horrified
by the situation in Fort McMurray and sympathetic with the people caught up in the situation as most Albertans.
As to the subject employee, we have had a straightforward discussion.
Sincerely,

G~'BWchs

1'.\I!ER

'RPP. MCIP

Chief Administrative Officer


Town of Taber
4900 A - 50 Street
Taber AB TlG lTl

Phone: (403) 2236023


Fax:
(403) 2235530
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

From: Dallas Paquette (mailto:d.paguette@shaw.ca]


Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 11:12 PM
To: Wannop, Devon; Birch, Greg
2

Cc: De Vlieger, Henk; Sparks, Randy; Strojwas, Joe; Brewin, Jack; Prokop, Andrew; Popadynetz, Rick; Ross-Giroux, Laura
Subject: Tom Moffatt

Hello all: as I'm sure you've all seen there has been a considerable outpouring of support for the residents of Fort
McMurray as they struggle through their time of crisis. You may also have seen that one of your management staff has
been making some truly deplorable comments on social media, suggesting that there is some sort of karma in place - that
the families in Fort McMurray are somehow being punished for contributing to climate change.
I believe that a comment such as these are inconsistent with basic humanity, and certainly not in keeping with being
employed by a municipal body: there's an obligation he (and your executive and public servants) have to maintain
decorum.
I strongly suggest that you censure Tom publicly and in the strongest possible terms. I am sure that the vast majority of
the people of Taber would agree with me.
Thanks,
Dallas

-----~----

Wannop, Devon
Ross ~Giroux, laura
May 041610:36 AM
Birch, Greg
TOT - Council; Wannop, Devon
Re: Tom Moffatt

From:
Sent:

To:
Cc:
Subject:

Thank you,
Laura
Sent from my iPad
On May 4;-201 6;if8:43A M, Birch:-Greg <greg.blrch@tabcr.ca> wrote:

----- -

~~----

Good morning,
This is to let you know that we are dealing with this immediately and will keep you informed of our
actions.
Sincerely,
G~'BWchs 'RPP, MCIP
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Taber
4900 A- 50 Street
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-6023
Fax:
(403) 223-5530

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Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

From: Dallas Paquette (mailto:d.paguette@shaw.ca]


Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 11:12 PM
To: Wannop, Devon; Birch, Greg
Cc: De Vlieger, Henk; Sparks, Randy; Strojwas, Joe; Brewin, Jack; Prokop, Andrew; Popadynetz, Rick;
Ross-Giroux, Laura
Subject: Tom Moffatt

Hello all: as I'm sure you've all seen there has been a considerable outpouring of support for the
residents of Fort McMurray as they struggle through their time of crisis. You may also have seen that one
of your management staff has been making some truly deplorable comments on social media, suggesting
that there is some sort of karma in place - that the families in Fort McMurray are somehow being
punished for contributing to climate change.
I believe that a comment such as these are inconsistent with basic humanity, and certainly not in keeping
with being employed by a municipal body: there's an obligation he (and your executive and public
servants) have to maintain decorum.
I strongly suggest that you censure Tom publicly and in the strongest possible terms. I am sure that the
4

vast majority of the people of Taber would agree with me.


Thanks,
Dallas

- - - - - - - - - ----

Wannop, Devon
From:
Sent:
To:
Cc:
Subject:

Birch, Greg

May-04-16 10:35 AM
'Dallas Paquette'; Wannop, Devon
De Vlieger, Henk; Sparks, Randy; Strojwas, Joe; Brewin, Jack; Prokop, Andrew;
Popadynetz, Rick; Ross-Giroux, laura
Fort McMurray Tweet

Good morning,
Thank you for helping to bring this issue to our attention and for expressing your concern. As you likely know if you
continued to monitor social media streams, the Town has undertaken to clarify that the opinion expressed in that
_ _unfortunate-tweet was -that of an-employee-and-certainly does not reflect tlfe-opinionof the Town.
are as horrified
by the situation in Fort McMurray and sympathetic with the people caught up in the situation as most Albertans.

we

As to the subject employee, we have had a straightforward discussion.


Sincerely,

Greg-BCrc;hs 'R.PP. J..fCIP

Chief Administrative Officer


1
Town of Taber
4900 A- 50 Street
T.\UER
Taber AB TlG 1T1
Phone: (403) 2236023
Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Visit our website at http:Uwww.taber.ca

From: Dallas Paquette [mallto:d.paquette@shaw.ca]


Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 11:12 PM
To: Wannop, Devon; Birch, Greg
Cc: De Vlieger, Henk; Sparks, Randy; Strojwas, Joe; Brewin, Jack; Prokop, Andrew; Popadynetz, Rick; Ross-Giroux, Laura
Subject: Tom Moffatt

Hello aU: as I'm sure you've all seen there has been a considerable outpouring of support for the residents of Fort
McMurray as they struggle through their time of crisis. You may also have seen that one of your management staff has
been making some truly deplorable comments on social media, suggesting that there is some sort of karma in place - that
the families in Fort McMurray are somehow being punished for contributing to climate change.

I believe that a comment such as these are inconsistent with basic humanity, and certainly not in keeping with being
employed by a municipal body: there's an obligation he (and your executive and public servants) have to maintain
decorum.
I strongly suggest that you censure Tom publicly and in the strongest possible terms. I am sure that the vast majority of
the people of Taber would agree with me.
Thanks,
Dallas

Wannop, Devon
From:
Sent
To:
Cc:

Subject:

Birch, Greg
May 04-16 8:44AM
* TOT - Council
Wannop, Devon
FW: Tom Moffatt

Good morning,
This is to let you know that we are dealing with this immediately and will keep you informed of our actions.
Sincerely,
-~----

Gyeg-Bvchs 'R.PP, MCIP


Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Taber
4900 A- SO Street
Tt\UER
Taber AB TlG 1T1
Phone: (403) 223-6023
Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

From: Dallas Paquette [mailto:d.paquette@shaw.ca]


Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 11:12 PM
To: Wannop, Devon; Birch, Greg
Cc: De Vlieger, Henk; Sparks, Randy; Strojwas, Joe; Brewin, Jack; Prokop, Andrew; Popadynetz, Rick; Ross-Giroux, Laura
Subject: Tom Moffatt

Hello all: as I'm sure you've all seen there has been a considerable outpouring of support for the residents of Fort
McMurray as they struggle through their time of crisis. You may also have seen that one of your management staff has
been making some truly deplorable comments on social media, suggesting that there is some sort of karma in place - that
the families in Fort McMurray are somehow being punished for contributing to climate change.
I believe that a comment such as these are inconsistent with basic humanity, and certainly not in keeping with being
employed by a municipal body: there's an obligation he (and your executive and public servants) have to maintain
decorum.
I strongly suggest that you censure Tom publicly and In the strongest possible terms. I am sure that the vast majority of
the people of Taber would agree with me.
Thanks,
Dallas

Wannop, Devon
Wannop, Devon
May-04-16 12:11 AM
Ross-Giroux, laura
* TOT - Council; Wannop, Devon; Birch, Greg
Re: Tom Moffatt

From:

Sent:
To:

Cc:
Subject:

https:/ /mobile. twitter. com/tmo ffattndp?ref

src~twsrc%5 Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5 Esem% 7Ctwgr%5 Eauthor

This is his Twitter account.


I will have a talk with him about this. It might have been bad timing, as you can see the following tweets talk
- -- - -about-other issu~
I will try and resolve this issue as quickly as possible.

Sent from my iPhone


On May 4, 2016, at 12:05 AM, Ross-Giroux, Laura <Laura.Ross-Giroux@taber.ca> wrote:
Hi,
I have checked both ofTom's Facebook pages and find no evidence of this.
Laura
Sent from my iPad
Begin forwarded message:

From: Dallas Paquette <d.paquette@shaw.ca>


Date: May 3, 2016 at II :11:50 PM MDT
To: "Wannop, Devon" <DFin@taber.ca>, "Birch, Greg" <greg.birch@tabcr.ca>
Cc: "De Vlieger, Henk" <mayor@taber.ca>, "Sparks, Randy"
<rsparks@taber.ca>, "Strojwas, Joe" <Joe.Strojwas@taber.ca>, "Brewin, Jack"
<Jack.Brcwin@taber.ca>, "Prokop, Andrew" <Andrew.Prokop@taber.ca>,
"Popadynetz, Rick" < Rick.Popadynetz@taber.ca>, "Ross-Giroux, Laura"
<Laura.Ross-Giroux@taber.ca>
Subject: Tom Moffatt
Hello all: as I'm sure you've all seen there has been a considerable outpouring of support
for the residents of Fort McMurray as they struggle through their time of crisis. You may
also have seen that one of your management staff has been making some truly
deplorable comments on social media, suggesting that there is some sort of karma in
place- that the families in Fort McMurray are somehow being punished for contributing
to climate change.
I believe that a comment such as these are inconsistent with basic humanity, and
certainly not in keeping with being employed by a municipal body: there's an obligation
he (and your executive and public servants) have to maintain decorum.
I strongly suggest that you censure Tom publicly and in the strongest possible terms. I
8

am sure that the vast majority of the people of Taber would agree with me.
Thanks,
Dallas

-------- ---------

'

Wannop, Devon
From:

Sent:
To:
Cc:

Subject:

Ross-Giroux, Laura
May-04-1612:06 AM
* TOT - Council
Wannop, Devon; Birch, Greg
Fwd: Tom Moffatt

Hi,
(have checked both of Tom's Facebook pages and find no evidence of this.
Laura
Sent from my iPad
~----

------------- - - - -- -- -----

Begin forwarded message:

From: Dallas Paquette <d.paguette@shaw.ca>


Date: May 3, 2016 at 11:11:50 PM MDT

To: "Wannop, Devon" <DFin@taber.ca>, "Birch, Greg" <greg.birch@taber.ca>


Cc: "De Vlieger, Henk" <mayor@taber.ca>, "Sparks, Randy" <rsparks@taber.ca>, "Strojwas,
Joe" <Joe.Strojwas@taber.ca>, "Brewin, Jack" <Jack.Brewin@taber.ca>, "Prokop, Andrew"
<Andrew. Prokop@taber.ca>, "Popadynetz, Rick" <Rick. Po pad ynetz@taber. ca>, "Ross-Giroux,
Laura" <Laura. Ross-Giroux@taber.ca>
Subject: Tom Moffatt
Hello all: as I'm sure you've all seen there has been a considerable outpouring of support for the
residents of Fort McMurray as they struggle through their time of crisis. You may also have seen that one
of your management staff has been making some truly deplorable comments on social media, suggesting
that there is some sort of karma in place - that the families in Fort McMurray are somehow being
punished for contributing to climate change.
I believe that a comment such as these are inconsistent with basic humanity, and certainly not in keeping
with being employed by a municipal body: there's an obligation he (and your executive and public
servants) have to maintain decorum.
I strongly suggest that you censure Tom publicly and in the strongest possible terms. I am sure that the
vast majority of the people of Taber would agree with me.
Thanks,
Dallas

10

Wannop, Devon
From:
Sent:
To:

Birch, Greg
June-03-16 5:36 PM
All Staff
* TOT - Council
Tom Moffatt returning to work on June 6, 2016

Cc
Subject:

Good afternoon,
Tom Moffatt will be returning to work on Monday, May 6, 2016. His Tweet and subsequent suspension have been
sensitive and disruptive events on many levels, and there are a variety of opinions regarding those events. Regardless of
where you stand on the issues involved, I ask that you treat Tom with respect when he returns. He is an important
contributortotheTown'sQQ.~ation. __
-------- Sincerely,

Gr'ef"'Bld-4 'R.PP,

~CIP

Chief Administrative Officer


Town of Taber
4900 A- SO Street
TAUER
Taber AB TlG 1Tl
Phone: (403) 2236023
Fax:
(403) 223 ~5530
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

At its Special Meeting of


Council on
Friday, l{tay 6, 2016,
Town of rraber Council
passed the following
resolutioh :

.r- '

TOWN OF

TABER

MOVED by Cottrtcillor Sparks tl1at Mr. To111

Moffat be sttspe11ded LtT1til fttrtlter rtotice


pending hn investigation into comments made
011 social111edia regardi11g tl1e Fort McMttrray
tragedy.
'C ARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE


TOWN OF TABER, IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA, HELD IN THE
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, ON FRIDAY,
MAY 6, 2016, AT 4:00PM.

Mayor
De Vlieger, Henk
Councillors
Popadynetz, Rick
Ross-Giroux, Laura
Sparks, Randy - - - Strojwas, Joe
Absent
Brewin, Jack
Prokop, Andrew

Chief Administrative Officer


Birch, Greg

CALL TO ORDER
Mayor De Vlieger called the meeting to Order at 4:01 PM.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA


Mayor De Vlieger stated that as this is a Special Meeting of Council
there could be no additions or deletions to the Agenda.
RES.244/2016

MOVED by Councillor Strojwas that Council adopts


the Agenda as presented.
CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

DELEGATIONS
None.

131/2016

Meeting Date
06/05/2016

I
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II

ADOPTION OF THE MINUTES


None.

BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES


None.

BYLAWS
None.

---------

ACTION ITEMS
None.

MEDIA INQUIRIES
None.

CLOSED SESSION
RES.245/2016

MOVED by Councillor Ross-Giroux that Council


moves to Closed Session to discuss matters subject
to FOIPP Act Section 24, Advice from Officials.
CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY AT 4:03 PM

OPEN SESSION
RES.246/2016

MOVED by Councillor Sparks


reconvenes into Open Session.

that

Council

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY AT 4:53PM

I
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132/2016

Meeting Date
06/05/2016

J
149

OPEN SESSION - CONT'D


RES.247/2016

MOVED by Councillor Sparks that Mr. Tom Moffatt


be suspended until further notice pending an
investigation into comments made on social media
regarding the Fort McMurray tragedy.
CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

CLOSE OF MEETING
RES.248/2016

MOVED by Councillor Strojwas that this Special


Meeting of Council is hereby Closed.
CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY AT 4:54 PM

MAYOR

CHIEF :A;NISTRATIVE OFFICER

133/2016

Meeting Date
06/05/2016

Brennan, Meghan
From:
Sent:
To:
Cc:
Subject:

Birch, Greg
June-03-16 5:36 PM
All Staff
* TOT - Council
Tom Moffatt returning to work on June 6, 2016

Good afternoon,
Tom Moffatt will be returning to work on Monday, May 6, 2016. His Tweet and subsequent suspension have been
sensitive and disruptive events on many levels, and there are a variety of opinions regarding those events. Regardless of
where you stand on the issues involved, I ask that you treat Tom with respect when he returns. He is an im ortant
contributor to the Town--s opera ton.
Sincerely,

G~'Bichs

'R.PP, MCIP

Chief Administrative Officer


Town of Taber
4900 A- 50 Street
TAmm
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-6023
Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

Brennan, Meghan
Moffatt, Tom
June-07 -16 11:47 AM
* TOT - Everyone Except Police
Abela, Graham; Bell, Dana
Return to work

From:

Sent:
To:

Cc:
Subject:

Hello,
I am back to work after an absence and I would like to let Town of Taber staff know that I am sorry for the
recent additional workload caused by one of my personal tweets.
I would also like to say that while some public statements have been made in the media that I think citizens of
Fort McMurray deserve their fate or that I take pleasure in their misfortune, this is not the case.
You can contact me for Information Technology issues as before. I would also like to thank our capable I.T.
staff, AI Abdel Khaliq and Michael Stevens, for doing a great job supporting our I.T. needs during my absence.
Sincerely,
Tom Moffatt
Manager of I.T.

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Manager of Information Technology
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4900 A- SO Street
Taber, AB TlG lTl

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May-26-1612:15 PM
Birch, Greg
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Hi Greg,
I just received a phone call from a gentleman from Saskatchewan who is considering doing a freelance news story about
Tom. He asked me if Tom was still employed, and I told him that it was a private HR matter I was not privy to and could
- - not comment-eitherwayon:-He-asked-to speak~to you, an rto iCillim you were going to be back this afternoo~-

Just so you're aware when he calls you and you're not caught off-guard.
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:Megfian 1Jrennan

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Van Ham, Kerry


May-09-16 11:07 AM
De Vlieger, Henk
* TOT - Council; Birch, Greg; Brennan, Meghan
RE: Employee Suspension

Mayor De Vlieger,
The press release of last week speaks for itself, in which it states this. The people that are commenting have read the
release. They are making their comments based on that. These people are requesting that their comments are passed
along to Council, in which we are doing. We do not diminish or restrict_c_omments..when.peaple...r:equesUhat Council
- -nave fhe comments.
Thank you,

7<.eny VCLn~i'itiLWII
Administrative Services Manager
Town of Taber
A- 4900 50 Street
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-5519
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From: De Vlieger, Henk


Sent: Monday, May 09, 201610:00 AM
To: Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca>
Cc: TOT- Council <TOT-Council@taber.ca>; Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca>; Brennan, Meghan
<Meghan.Brennan@taber.ca>
Subject: Re: Employee Suspension
Kerry, you can tell people that we are doing a investigating right now, and think it is unfair to give comments until that is
completed. Henk
Sent from my iPhone
On May 9, 2016, at 9:54AM, Van Ham, Kerry <admin@taber.ca> wrote:
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Good Morning,
I had a call from Robert Fox of Montreal. He wanted to pass his comments to Council as
follows:
"In Mr. Moffatt's social media comments, he did not mention who his employer was- it was a
singular person's opinion, done on his own time, with his own equipment. Secondly, the word
"karmic" doesn't' mean anyone's at fault. It's a grand spiritual plan suggesting these things
happen. Mr. Fox stated that this is a really odd decision of Council. He is cCJIIing on behalf of
Tom and everyone's free speech."

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Birch, Greg
May-05-16 11:29 PM
De Vlieger, Henk
Birch, Greg; * TOT - Council; Van Ham, Kerry; Brennan, Meghan
Re: Correspondence request

Hello again,
I will pass on your message to staff tomorrow morning.
_ _Since:.:.r.:::
ei:yL,!.,..__ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Greg Birch
CAO, Town ofTaber
> On May 5, 2016, at 10:50 PM, De Viieger, Henk <mayor@taber.ca> wrote:
>
>Hi Greg, just stop it. I do not want to overload your staff. I am getting lots of e mails now and are linked to other social
media, so I can collect it myself. Sorry for the inconvenience . Thanks Henk

>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
On May 5, 2016, at 10:29 PM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
>>
>>Hi,
>>
I do not understand how one would gather this information without asking staff to provide it. This will take time. I
have not received too many emails but to go back through my email 'in' basket, 'sent' basket and 'deleted' basket, look
for the material and then print it off does take t ime. To collect the information you have requested will require others to
do the same, although I suspect that only a few people are affected. This is just a fact of dealing with your request.
>>
Changing your mind now is fine but I have already sent out the request and know that the work has started because I
have received two requests for clarification of what is to be compiled. I searched through my files and printed off mine
(current to this evening) already.
>>
If you want to stop this initiative, please let me know by tomorrow morning. I will check my email shortly after 8:00.
It is completely up to you and the rest of Council.
>>
Sincerely,
>>
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber
>>
> On May 5, 2016, at 5:46 PM, De Vlieger, Henk <mayor@taber.ca> wrote:
>>>
>If it takes away significant time and causes distractions please ignore my request. I will look after it my self. Thanks
Henk
>>>
1

> Sent from my iPhone


>>>
'>>On MayS, 2016, at 5:27 PM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
>>>>
>>Hello,
>>>>
I assume that you want only the material that pertains to Mr. Moffat, and we will endeavour to do that. It will be a
large volume given that social media is an easy tool to use, and it will take some significant staff time to organize and
print it off which will detract from other activities but I assume you and the rest of council understand that. Further,
some of the material may have already been deleted. Regardless, we will start to collect the information immediately.
>>>>
Please let me know if you really want copies of 11 all correspondence hat comes to the Town 11 , not just that
pertaining to Mr. Moffat as I have assumed.
>>>>
>>>>On-a related-point;-1-understand1:hatyouareworklnglrntErpelRiently on thisTssue and-are seeklng your own legal
counsel. If you wish to discuss your objectives or want input from me or others in the Town's administration, please let
me know.
>>>>
>> Sincerely,
>>'>>
Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Taber
4900 A - SO Street
Taber AB TlG 1T1
Phone: (403) 223-6023
>> Fax:
(403) 2235530
>>>>
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>-Original Message- From: De Vlieger, Henk
Sent: Thursday, May OS, 2016 12:11 PM
>> To: Birch, Greg; TOT Council
Subject:
>>>>
Hi Greg please provide me with a hard copy of all the correspondence that comes to the town by email, text,
Twitter Facebook mail or any other form. Also need a copy of the original tweets etc. From mr Moffatt. Thanks Henk
>>>>
Sent from my iPhone

Bylaw last updated


November 28, 2011
(Effective January 1 , 2012)

Sheet 1 - 5240

CONSOLIDATION OF A BYLAW OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE,


IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA, TO REGULATE THE USE OF
PORTABLE SIGNS IN THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE
****************************************

AUTHORITY WHEREAS the Municipal Government Act, Chapter M-26, Revised Statutes of
Alberta, 2000 and amendments thereto authorizes the Council to pass a Bylaw which..;___ _~-
- - - - - - - - -may-regulate-and remove-advertising-In-public-places within the municipality; - NOW THEREFORE THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE, IN THE
PROVINCE OF ALBERTA, DULY ASSEMBLED, HEREBY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS:
DEFINITIONS

1.

This Bylaw may be cited as the "City of Lethbridge Portable Sign Bylaw."

2.

If a particular use does not conform with any of the following definitions, or if a
particular use appears to conform with two or more definitions, the particular
use may be deemed to conform to the definition which, in the opinion of the
Development Officer, Is most appropriate.
In this Bylaw:
(1)

ACT means the Municipal Government Act, Revised Statutes of Alberta

2000, Chapter M-26 and amendments thereto, or any Act substituted


therefore.
(2)

CALENDAR YEAR means the year beginning January 1 and ending


December 31.

(3)

CITY OF LETHBRIDGE or CITY means the Municipal Corporation of


the City of Lethbridge or the land lying within the corporate limits of the
City.

(4)

CLUB means development for the assembly of members of charitable,


social service, athletic, business or fraternal organizations, and may
incorporate eating, drinking, entertainment, sports, recreation and
amusement facilities as accessory uses.

(5}

COUNCIL means the duly elected Council of the Municipal Corporation


of the City of Lethbridge.

(6)

CULTURAL FACILITY means development for display, storage,


restoration or events related to art, literature, music, history or science,
and may incorporate eating, drinking and retail facilities as accessory

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1/12/09
uses. This tenn refers to uses such as art galleries, libraries,
auditoriums, museums, archives and interpretive centres.

DEFINITIONS
CONTINUED

B/L 5568
1/12/09

(7)

DEVELOPMENT OFFICER means a person appointed by Council as a


Development Officer.

(8)

DISTRICT means an area designated by the City of Lethbridge Land


Use Bylaw 41 DO in which pennitted and/or discretionary uses and
development regulations are prescribed or, in the case of Direct Control
districts, detennined by Council.

(9)

FRONTAGE means that portion of a parcel or a building facing a street.

(10)

GRADE means the average elevation of the finished ground surface


excluding localized depressions.

(11)

HEIGHT means the vertical distance measured in metres from grade to


the highest point of the sign.

(12)

PARCEL means the aggregate of the one or more contiguous areas of


land described In a Certificate of Title.

(13)

PARCEL LINE means the legally described boundary of any parcel.

(14)

PORTABLE SIGN means any sign or advertising device that can be


transported from one site to another and includes licensed vehicles
placed In a location for advertising purposes. Signage permanently
attached to or fonning part of a licensed vehicle used in the day-to-day
conduct of a business where the signage advertises only that business
does not constitute a portable sign. Portable signs may feature
electronic or video display.

(15)

PORTABLE SIGN PERMIT or SIGN PERMIT means a document


which authorizes the use of a portable sign pursuant to this Bylaw.

(16)

SIGN means an outdoor visual device and its structure and component
parts, intended to identify, advertise or call attention to any matter,
object, event or person.

(17)

SPORTS AND RECREATION FACILITY. MAJOR means development


for sports or recreation activities likely to generate noise, light or traffic
impacts beyond the site, and may incorporate eating, drinking and retail
facilities as accessory uses.

(18)

SPORTS AND RECREATION FACILITY. MINOR means development


for athletic, recreation and community meeting activities with a low
impact beyond the site, and may incorporate eating, drinking,
amusement and retail facilities as accessory uses.

Sheet 3 - 5240
15/1/03
DEFINITIONS
CONTINUED

VALIDITY OF
INDIVIDUAL
SECTIONS

(19)

STREET means any public roadway, not Including lanes, which is


more than 10 m wide and which provides the primary means of direct
access to abutting parcels.

3.

Each provision of this Bylaw is independent of all other provisions, and


if any provision of this Bylaw is declared invalid, all other provisions
remain valid and enforceable.

----a..IUT.IES ~OE---4.-(.1 )-

DEVELOPMENT
CONTROL OFFICER

(2)

APPLYING
FOR PORTABLE
SIGN PERMIT

- lhe.Development Officer~ shall:


(a)

administer this Bylaw, and perform such duties as are


required by this Bylaw;

(b)

maintain, for inspection by the general public during


office hours, a copy of this Bylaw and all amendments
thereto, and shall ensure that copies of same are
obtainable by the general public at a reasonable charge;

(c)

maintain a record of all sign permit applications with the


decision, and the conditions of approval or reasons for
refusal;

(d)

collect the fees established by this Bylaw; and

(e)

see to the removal of all advertising devices erected or


maintained without permit, pursuant to the Act.

Where a duty is imposed on a Development Officer under this


Bylaw, the duty is imposed on each person appointed to the
office of Development Officer, and the duty can be exercised by
any one of them.

5.

All portable signs within the municipality are required to be authorized


by a valid sign permit.

6.

A Portable Sign Permit Application shall be made to the Development


Officer on Form A of this Bylaw, and shall be accompanied by:
( 1)

Evidence satisfactory to the Development Officer that the


application is authorized by the registered owner(s) of the
parcel.

Sheet4- 5240
11/28/11
APPLYING FOR
PORTABLE SIGN
PERMIT CONT'D

8/L 5744
11/28/11

(2)

The required fee.

(3)

The municipal address.

(4)

The name and address of the sign owner.

(5)

The land use designation.

(6)

The name and address of the advertiser, if the sign is in a


Public Building District.

(7)

The name and address of the property owner and/or tenant.

(8)

The manner of illumination, if any.

(9)

The date the sign is to be removed.

7.

A Portable Sign Permit Application shall be considered to have been received


by the Development Officer when all of the information required pursuant to
Section 6 has been accepted by the Development Officer as being a sufficient
quantity and quality to enable evaluation of the application.

8.

(1)

The fee required for a Portable Sign Permit Application shall be


$120.00.

(2)

The fee for amending a valid existing Portable Sign Permit shall be
$35.00.

(3)

When a Portable Sign Application is made after the sign has been
located on a parcel, a late fee of $140.00 shall be required in addition
to the application fee described in subsection (1 ).

9.

The Development Officer shall issue a sign permit with or without conditions for
a portable sign which complies with all provisions of this By-law.

10.

No provisions of this Bylaw may be waived.

11.

A portable sign shall comply with all the provisions of this Bylaw for the Sign
Permit to remain valid.

12.

Upon approval of a Sign Permit Application:


(1)

The Sign Permit shall be signed and dated as of the date of the
decision and released to the applicant.

Sheet 5 - 5240
1/12/09
(2)
DECIDING ON A
SIGN PERMIT
APPLICATION
13.

The Development Officer may modify, suspend or cancel a Sign Permit which
has:
(1)
(2)

14.

B/L 5568
1/12/09

The sign may be installed upon release of a Sign Permit.

been obtained by fraud or misrepresentation, or by failure to disclose


-pertinent-information et-the time of-applicatton,-o
- - -- - - - - - - been issued in error.

A Portable Sign shall be allowed for the announcement of special events, sales
or other circumstances where a sign is needed for a short, specified period of
time provided:
(1)

Except as provided in subsection (2), each parcel shall be allowed the


use of 1 portable sign for a period or periods of time not exceeding 120
days in each calendar year.

(2)

Only 1 portable sign shall be located at one time on a parcel, except


parcels over 78 m total frontage may have 2 signs at one time if a
minimum 46 m separation, measured along the front parcel line, is
maintained between signs. A parcel of land, regardless of size or
number of occupants, shall not display portable signs for more than a
total of 180 days per calendar year.

(3)

The design, character and appearance of the sign shall be consistent


with the District in which the parcel is located and the sign shall be
maintained in good repair at all times.

(4)

Except as provided in Section 14(5) a portable sign may be located on


a parcel other than that of the use being advertised, provided that the
parcel is in a Commercial or Industrial District as defined in Land Use
Bylaw4100.

(5)

A portable sign may be used in a Public Building District as defined in


Land Use Bylaw 4100, provided:
(a)

the sign is located on the same parcel as the use being


advertised, and

Sheet 6 - 5240
1/12/09
DECIDING ON A SIGN
PERMIT APPLICATION
CONTINUED
(b)

those uses in the Public Building District which may use a


portable sign shall be restricted to:
(i)
Cultural facilities,
(ii)
Clubs,
(iii)
Religious Assembly,
(iv)
Sports and recreation facilities, major, and
(v)
Sports and recreation facilities, minor

(6)

The name and phone number of the sign owner shall be permanently
affixed in a visually prominent location on the sign.

(7)

The sign and all component parts shall be situated within the parcel
lines.

(8)

No portable sign shall be permitted in a location where it obstructs the


vision of vehicular traffic, nor interferes with the interpretation of or may
be confused with any traffic sign, signal or device.

(9)

No portable sign shall interfere with traffic circulation on the site or


reduce the number of required parking spaces of the parcel.

B/L 5568
1/12/09

(10)

The sign face shall have maximum dimensions of 3.65 m x 2.43 m.

B/L 5568
1/12/09

(11)

The maximum height of the sign shall be 4.58 m above grade.

(12)

If illuminated, a portable sign shall not employ any flashing or


intermittent lights.

(13)

A sign on a parcel that adjoins a Residential District shall not be


illuminated by any means after 10:00 p.m.

(14)

The sign shall be removed on or before the expiry date noted on the
portable sign permit.

15.

Where any portable sign is found to be in contravention of any one of the


provisions of this Bylaw the Development Officer shall:
(1)

give notice in writing to the sign owner or owner of the parcel of land
upon which the sign is located directing rectification of the
contravention;

Sheet 7 - 5240
15/1/03
DECIDING ON A SIGN
PERMIT APPLICATION
CONTINUED

16.

17.

(2)

except as provided in subsection (5}, remove and impound the said


sign in the event the sign continues to contravene the provisions of the
By-law 48 hours after receipt of the notification.

(3)

release any impounded sign upon payment to the City of Lethbridge of


Jowing.andJmpoundment fee-Of-$125.00~plus-a storage-fee-of $1-2.00,- - - - - per day for the length of time the sign remains impounded.

(4)

upon the expiration of 30 days from the date of impoundment


dispose of any sign pursuant to the provisions of Section 610 of the
Municipal Government Act.

(5}

Notwithstanding the time period specified in subsection (2}, may


remove and impound a portable sign without prior notice when the
portable sign Is determined by the Development Officer to cause a
safety hazard.

Every person who fails to comply with the provisions of this Bylaw or any notice
given under this Bylaw is guilty of an offence punishable on summary
conviction and liable to a fine of not more than $500.00.
(1)

Any person who receives a notice, or has their sign impounded


pursuant to the provisions of this By-law and who thinks themselves
aggrieved may appeal within 10 days of the date of such action or
notice to the Community Services Director of the City of Lethbridge.

{2)

Notwithstanding the submission of an appeal any sign ordered to be


removed by the Development Officer must be removed within the time
specified within the notice pending the result of the appeal.

(3) Redemption of a sign following impoundment of same shall not be


deemed to be an admission by the owner that the sign was in
contravention of any provisions of this By-law.
18.

Bylaw No. 4388 is hereby repealed.

'

CITY OF

Application No.

Received by:
PORTABLE SIGN PERMIT
APPUCATION

Land Use District

Permit Fee
(Non-Refundable)

Application Date;

FORMA
liNe hereby make application under the provisions of the PORTABLE SIGN BYLAW No. 5240 for a portable sign permit in accordance with
the informaUon submitted which form oart of this aDolicaUon.
LOCATION OF SIGN (ADDRESS):
APPUCANTS NAME (Please Print):

PHONE:

SIGN OWNER'S NAME:

PHONE:

SIGN OWNER'S ADDRESS:

POSTAL CODE:

ADVERTISER'S NAME {lfP-B District)

PHONE:

The Registered Landowner consents to the


siting of a portable sign on the pan:el (initial only):

SIGNATIJRE OF APPUCANT:

COMMENTS:

PERMIT NUMBER

EFFECTIVE DATE

The sign penni I shall be in effect with lhc signa!UJll of the Development Officer.
DEVELOPMENT OFFICER'S SIGNATURE:

EXPIRY DATE

NUMBER OF DAYS

Birch, Greg
From:

Sent
To:

Subject

Birch, Greg
Thursday, June 02, 2016 10:13 AM
Connors, Steve
Re: Town of Taber- Tom Moffatt

Thanks.
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber
On Jun 2, 2016, at 9:42AM, Connors, Steve <SCONNORS@brownleelaw.com> wrote:
Hello Greg,
The documents look good to me.
Steve

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From: Birch, Greg [mailto:qreg.birch@taber.cal


Sent: June-02-16 8:16 AM

To: Connors, Steve


Subject: Town of Taber - Tom Moffatt
Good morning,
Attached is the final version of the disciplinary letter and performance plan sent to Mr. Tom Moffatt. I
discussed it with Tom briefly and then sent it yesterday afternoon for his review. I expect a reply this
morning. My plan is that Tom and I meet first thing on Friday morning, have a discussion, have the
documents acknowledged, and then have Tom return to work.
If you see anything you believe I should adjust in the attached letter, Steve, please let me know. I still
have time and enough control to make minor changes.
Thanks for all of your help.
Sincerely,

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Grf!.!t'Bircl4 RPP, MCIP

Chief Administrative Officer


Town of Taber
4900 A - 50 Street
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-6023
Fax:
(403) 223~5530
Visit our website at http://www.taber"ca

Birch, Greg
From:

Sent:
To:
Subject:

Birch, Greg
Thursday, June 02, 2016 10:13 AM
Tom Moffatt
Re: Restrictions v.s. a current activity

I will get back to you.


Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber
On Jun 2, 2016, at 9:55AM, Tom Moffatt <blcycle@shaw.ca> wrote:
Hello, Greg.
I am currently the organizer of a petition to be presented to Lethbridge City Council. Please let me know
if you would allow this activity under your proposed restrictions on contact with municipalities.
I have attached a copy of the petition.
Regards,
Tom Moffatt

<Support Lethbridge Solar Power petition text.docx>

Support Lethbridge Solar Power


The City of Lethbridge currently requires an Engineering Study from residents who wish to
install residential solar panels on the roof of their dwelling. This is not a standard municipal
practice, and adds a cost to solar projects that can typically be in the range of $1500.00.
The City of Calgary, for example, does not require an expensive engineering study. Their
requirements state: "In the case of photovoltaic solar panels flush mounted on existing
construction, or on a separate frame mounted to existing construction, in the approved manner
- - -Per. the installation suide professionaLen.gilzeer:i.JJg..is..noLuquiretLif_.cystem_isSA/lJLC_ _ _ _ _ __
approved for the prescribed installation."
Many municipalities also waive other permitting fees in order to encourage the adoption of
solar power. The building permit is often waived, for example, and the process is regulated
solely via the electrical permit.
Comparison of Costs for a 5 kW PV Solar System
(flush mount)
Lethbridge

Toronto

Germany

Electrical Permit
Staff time for electrical permit
Building Permit
Staff time
Structural Engineer
Development Permit

$260
$60
$225
$120
$1500
$0-500

$282
$60
$0
$0
$0
$0

$0
$0
$0
$0
$0
$0

Total

$2,165

$342

$0

Accordingly, please add your signature to the following petition to be presented to Lethbridge
City Council, with the goal of reducing barriers to solar adoption in the City of Lethbridge.
Help us adopt an expedited permitting process for solar energy as recommended by the Solar
America Board for Codes and Practices and many professional engineers.

Petition
We, the undersigned, hereby petition the City of Lethbridge to promote the use and
installation of solar power in Lethbridge by removing the requirements for a building
permit and for an engineering study, for a range of standard rooftop solar panel
installations, in line with practices adopted by other municipalities.

City ofLethbridge
Planning and
Development
Services
910- 4111 Avenue South

Portable Sign Application & Permit

PS

PORTABLE SIGN BYLAW 5240

Portable Sign Location:

l.eth bridge, AB
Tll OP6

Civic Address

Unit/ Bay#

General# :
403-3203920
Inspection # : 403-3203830
Fax# :
4033276571

Zoning District:

Property Owner

Applicant

Name:

Paid

Access Code:

D
D

Dates Reg_uested

Install Dates

Address:

Expiry Dates

#of Days

to
- phone:

Fr::tA.

to

--

to

E-Mail:

Signature:

to
to
to

Slg_n Owner

Applicant

Name:

Paid

D
D

'

to
to
to

Address:

to

Fax:

Phone:

to

E-Mail:

to

Signature:

to

B/l#:

to

'

to
If a P-B District Indicate

to

Advertiser Name:

to

Advertiser's Address:

to

Land Use:

to
(Note: must be Cultural Facility, Club, Education Facility, Religious
Assembly, or Sports and Rec~atlon Facility, Major or Minor and
must carry Fl15t PrJ~ advertising_ onl!! .)

Portable Sign Permit:

'

Total Number of Days

Office Use Only

The sign shall comply with all Bylaw 5240 requirements and shall NOT be installed prior to the Install Date(s) noted
above and shall be removed on or before the Expiry Date(s) noted above.

Signature:

Date:

This permit shall be In effect with the signature of the Development Officer and as of the date specified.
Personal information collected on this form Is collected In accordance with Sections 683, 685 and 686 of lhe Alberta Municipal Government Act and Section
33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Acl. Please !!Q!!!!!!!!! !Yh Information may be made oubllc. If you have any questions about
the collection, use or disclosure of the personal information provided, please contact the Director of Planning and Development Services at 910- 4 AveS,
Lethbridge, AB T1J OP6 or phone 403-320-3920.

**

Required Indicates landowner consent to use of property for placement of a portable sign
Required - for notification of a Contravention Notice

Revision Date: feb. 3, 2016

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Town of Taber - Corporate Services Policy

Employee Code of Conduct


1'U"' "

to

TABER
Policy No.: CS-HR-3
Department: Corporate Services
Effective Date: 12/09/11

Coundl Resolution No.: 222/11


Authority: Coundl
Revision Date:

Revlew-Date:-September-2014
Repealed-Date:Supersedes: Polley on Employee Conduct Rules and Regulations No. 44<:-10/9/90
Related Procedure No.: CSHR-3
Related Procedure Name: Employee Code of Conduct

Purpose
The purpose of this Employee Code of Conduct Policy Is to provide guidelines, which
may be changed from time to time, to promote understanding of what is considered
acceptable and unacceptable conduct and behaviour, and to encourage consistency
throughout the organization.

Policy Statement
1) Regulations for the acceptable conduct and behaviour of employees are necessary
for the orderly operation of the Town of Taber as an organization, for the benefit
and protection of the rights and safety of employees and the protection of the
Town's assets. Employees are expected to govern their conduct and behaviour in a
manner consistent with the guidelines set out within this policy and procedure.
2) Employees are responsible for performing their work in a competent manner and
displaying conduct and behaviour that is consistent with our policies and procedures,
as well as those practices that are generally regarded as standard in an
organizational setting.
3) Managers and Supervisors are responsible for training, counseling, and coaching
employees to understand the expectations of the Town of Taber and the
improvements that are necessary to achieve the desired level of performance and/or
behaviour.

Town ofTaber- Corporate Services Policy

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4) Administration shall establish procedures for this policy and shall be responsible to
ensure the spirit and intent of the policy is adhered to.

Additional References

Alberta College of Paramedics Code of Ethics


Alberta Health Services Code of Conduct
Ufeguard Code of Ethics
Pollee Service RegulatiOn

------

CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

PQLICY

M?0/11\)/jl

TITLE:

PB[SS BELBASIS NEWS MEDIA JNFORMADON

PUNCTION:

SUPPLY OF INFORMATION

AUTHORITY~

MANAGEMENT BPPECTIVE PATE:~

~LUTIONNO:

Ul21

____~~

PQLICY

W'llh &be puwth of our orpnizldoa and the iacn:uin& area of ~ibilitica of aU Departmcnl,l, it ia .neccnary to ealablisb
a.poncy l'or: proc:cdurallftd co-ordinllion of RCWI it.eml bcia& rclcued by a Department or beinJ requCited by the New Media.
1,

Dcartwmt Aytllodly

}! accordanc:c wilb tho tJ])CI of relcuchnd proccdunsa that IDUow only the Town Mllftascr ud Dcp~rtmant Head (Municipal
Adminiatrator, Dlrictor of Field Operation, Director of Recreation, F'aro Chief, Police Chief, Ecaaomio Devclopmalt OffsC:er),
may commuaicate with the Pn:la!
2.

Pns1 Rdp!e

A Prell Rl:lcufl ia one commnnicadns a lpCCific matter co the public! All relcuca arc to be in wraing, ilucd by the
Department Head and approved by tho Town Maoapr.

3.

Departmept WcekiJ ReJayg

One or two Oeputmom~ convqr weekly propam iaiumation to the public by way of ncwtP&P articla, etc. Theae.may
continue in the preacnt manner ud providin& the contcat il related to approved propa~. mult be authorized by the Department
Head.
Only maUa'llldoptcd by Counoil may bo eJaboratcd upon to lhe Prc:la, ~cws Media and aU othcn arc to be referred to lhe TOwn
Muaacc' Oflico JOr Ibis information.

4.

SQgl Articles. lptmim. ICe,

Tho Ncwa Media from time to timo wiah to feature the Town llftd varioua Dcputmcntl. T_hia 1hould be cncoW'Igcd ud we
lhould altcmpt to coavcy sood public ima&c It aU timea.

AU proposall or rcquat1 of thia Jdad acnenDJ arc to be conducted by the Town Muapr, Where Dcpartmcntlarc to be
futurcd, prior to malda& a colllllli&mcnt to tho media, lbe Dcpartmeat Head il to requcat approval of tho aamc from lhc Town
Manapr.

DJSIRJBU'110N
MANAGEMENT L

OFFICE X,_

OTHERL
I

i'
DATE: JAN, 11{91

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Town of Taber- Corporate Services Procedure

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Social Media
f ,_, oi IIF

TABER

---------------~---------------' Procedure No.: CS-IT-3


, Council Resolution No.: N/A
I Department: -C-orpor-ate~Se
rvlce
_s_
I Authority: CAO
Effective Date: 27/02/12
- - - , Revision Date:- - - - -

- - --+-'RevieWiiate:-F.ebruary 2015
rSupersedes: N/A
-

----

!=ii(!pealedDate:- - - - - - - - - --:l- - -1-----------

l Related Policy No.:

CS-IT-3
---! Related Policy Name: Social Media

--------------------------------

Purpose
These procedures will provide operational guidance for achieving the goals of the Town
of Taber Social Media Policy.

Operating Guidelines
1) Social Media Setup
a. An employee may request permission from their Director to conduct Town
business using social media platforms.
b. The Director, upon granting permission to their employee, will notify the
Information Technology department in writing indicating approval, the social
media platform, the name of the employee and the anticipated time frame.
c. All requests for employee business use of external social media must be
submitted to the Information Technology department.
d. The Information Technology Department will establish access for the
applicable employees to the targeted social media site and make exceptions
in the firewall, proxy, or Web content filter rules as necessary.
e. The Information Technology department will create a user ID on the
targeted social media service using the employee's corporate e-mail address
and will communicate the initial account password to the employee.

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Town of Taber - Corporate Services Procedure

f. The employee will receive an account activation e-mail and will not change
the password from the social media service unless they inform the
Information Technology department.
g. The Town reserves the right to monitor, assess and audit the use of any and
all social media platforms used and periodically may retrieve the contents of
any user's communications.

2) Social Media Users


a. Use of unauthorized, personal social media accounts to represent the Town
--------~of-T.aber-is-prohibited... - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - -- - b. Employees shall not use Town social media user IDs, the Town of Taber's
name, or Town of Taber email addresses for personal use.
c. Prohibited use of company identification includes but is not limited to the
following:
i)
ii)
iii)
iv)
v)

The Town's name in a social media identity as a username,


"handle" or screen name;
Using a Town of Taber email address as a contact email;
Linking to the Town of Taber website;
Downloading and installing plug-ins or helper applications such as
those that try to access the company e-mail directory;
Joining groups using a company user ID for personal reasons or
adding personal friends to an employee's friends list.

d. An employee authorized to represent the Town on the Town's social media


accounts may dialog with the community, talk about activities, news
happenings, and general interest without publishing confidential information.
Employees shall use their best judgment to see to it that the views and
opinions expressed are the official views of Town of Taber.
e. Confidential information may include but is not limited to:
i)

ii)
iii)
iv)
v)

Details about the Town's computer systems,


Information regarding other employees,
Financial information
Day-to-day operational details
Photos
of
the
workplace
and/or

field

work.

f. Any photos must be approved by the Department Director before they are
posted to social media sites.

Town of Taber - Corporate Services Procedure

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g. The privacy settings on social media platforms should be set to allow anyone
to see profile information similar to what would be on the Town of Taber
website.
h. Privacy settings that might allow others to post information or see
information that is personal should be set so as to limit access.
i. An employee is required to use their real name, title and identify that you
work for Town of Taber and shall not blog anonymously, using pseudonyms
or false screen names when speaking on behalf of the Town.
j . An employee shall not communicate anything that is dishonest, untrue, or
misleading. Employees will refrain from posting anything contradictory or in
conflict with the Town of Taber website.

k. An employee should be aware of protecting themselves and their privacy.


Posted information will remain in the public domain and the employee should
consider the content carefully and also be cautious about disclosing personal
details.
I. If an employee makes an error, the employee should be up front about the
mistake and correct it quickly. If an employee chooses to modify an earlier
post, make it clear that you have done so.

m. If an employee reads or sees misrepresentations made about Town of Taber


in the media, the employee may point out that it is incorrect information. An
employee must always do so with respect and using the facts.
n. If someone accuses you of posting something improper (such as their
copyrighted material or a defamatory comment about them), deal with it
quickly and remove it immediately and report it to your Supervisor.
o. Employees shall adhere to all laws governing copyright and fair use or fair
dealing of copyrighted material owned by others, including Town of Taber
owned copyrights and corporate brands.
p. Patrons, partners or suppliers should not be cited or referenced without their
approval. An employee should never quote more than short excerpts of
someone else's work, and always attribute such work to the original
author/source. Employees should link to others' work rather than reproduce
it.

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q. Do not post pictures, music or eli part that the Town does not own or does
not have the rights to distribute.

r. Employees will not use or share unlicensed software on the Town's sites or
member pages.

CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

DATE

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Employee Code of Conduct


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TABER

I Procedure No.:

CS-HR-3

I Department: Corporate Services


Effective Date: 12/09/11

1 Council

Resolution No.: N/A


I Authority: CAO
I Revision:_D_a-te_:_O_ct_o_b_e_r -13-,-2-01_1____,

September 2014
I Repealed Date:
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Purpose
This procedure will provide guidelines for the orderly operation of the Town of Taber
Organization and for the benefit and protection of the rights and safety of all whom the
Town comes in contact.

Procedure Statement
These procedures are not designed to restrict the individual, but rather to protect
him/her by assuring stable working conditions and responsible treatment of employees.
Any rules and regulations initiated by the Town shall not contravene the Collective
Agreements between the Town of Taber and C.U.P.E. Local 2038, the Town of Taber
and the Taber Police Association, individual's employment contracts in the case of
exempt employees, or any rights granted under applicable legislation and/or law. If
any such rules or regulations are found to be in contravention thereof, such
agreements, legislation and/or laws shall take precedence.
The Town of Taber may revise, supplement or rescind any portions of this procedure
from time to time as it deems appropriate, in its sole and absolute discretion.

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Operating Guidelines
1) Introduction to the Town of Taber
Employee Welcome Message

a. The Town believes that each employee contributes directly to the municipality's
growth and success, and we hope you will take pride in being a member of the
Town of Taber's team.

b. This Employee-eode-oteon-doct was-devetopetl~o-ctescnbesome ot tne expeaaoons


of our employees.
c. Employees should familiarize themselves with the contents of the Employee Code of
Conduct procedures as it will answer many questions about employment with the
Town and outlines your responsibilities as an employee.

2) General Employee Conduct


All employees are expected to conduct themselves in a polite and courteous manner at
all times to other employees, management staff, Council Members and the general
public.
An employee shall not use any actions or words suggesting the use of threats,
intimidation, interference, coercion or any other unprofessional or unethical behaviour.
An employee shall not demonstrate argumentative behaviour, insubordination, coarse
language or violations of confidentiality.
Employees must follow all applicable laws including traffic laws, while engaging in Town
business. No employee shall engage themselves in illegal activity. Failure to follow
applicable traffic laws may also result in progressive disciplinary measures, up to and
including dismissal.

3) Attendance
i)

The Towns expectations are when employees are fit, able and have
reported to work, they will perform their functions to the best of their
abilities, including appropriate use of time available to them, in a workday.

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Employees are expected to report to work ready to perform their duties,


be at their assigned work locations at the scheduled starting time and not
leave at the end of the workday until the scheduled finishing time, or
overtime approved by his/her Supervisor, except where specific
permission has been granted to do otherwise.

a. Break Periods

Break periods are scheduled or available at certain times during the


workday. In accordance with the CUPE Local 2038, Police and
Management Agreements, breaks are typically fifteen (15) minutes e_
ac.:...h.!...,- - --t---1-- - - - - - -U:Iduding any tfavel-ti - .
i)

ii)

Normally, employees will take their coffee breaks in the facilities available
to them on Town property or at the worksite if employees are working out
in the field. An employee may, with permission from their Supervisors
only, take their work breaks in areas other than those noted above.

b. Lunch Periods

i)

Lunch periods will be taken in accordance with the Collective Agreements.


This period, regardless of its length, includes travel time.

ii)

Employees working at a worksite are expected to ensure that they take


their lunch breaks within the time available. This may mean the employee
may not have time to return to a Town owned facility within the time
allocated to have their lunch, therefore their lunch break is to be taken at
the worksite.

4) Absences & Leaves


a. Absences

i)

The Town recognizes that, for a variety of perfectly valid reasons,


individual employees may not be available to perform their duties on
certain days.

ii)

Acceptable reasons for absences can be legitimate illness, approved


leaves of absence, and approved vacations.

iii)

Employees are expected to be away from their jobs only for legitimate
reasons and only with permission from their Supervisor.

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iv)

Should an employee wish to be absent on a particular day, as much notice


as possible must be given in order that a determination can be made as to
whether the requested absence can be accommodated and/or is
appropriate under specific provisions of the Collective Agreements.

v)

Each time an employee is to be away from work, a Leave Request must


be submitted by the employee to his/her Supervisor for authorization prior
to the absence.

b. Sick Leave
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lR-tRe-ese-ef-siek-teave, the affected-empto-yee 1s FeqUJre o contacth is


or her supervisor personally within one (1) hour of commencement of
their shift.

ii)

When an employee cannot reasonably give notice to his/her Supervisor


personally, then a spouse or other family member may do so on his/her
behalf. Appropriate notice must be received prior to the start of the shift
by the appropriate management official.

i!i)

When an employee returns from sick leave, a Leave Request should be


submitted to his/her Supervisor for authorization.

iv)

If, in very unusual circumstances, an employee, his or her spouse, or


family member cannot contact the appropriate official within the proper
time limit, then contact must be made as early as possible following the
start of shift.

v)

An employee may not leave a message on voice mail, nor send it through
another employee or individual. This will not be deemed as proper notice.

vi)

Notice of absence for sick leave must include a statement of the duration
of th~ absence and in incidences where the absence will be for periods
greater than one (1) day, continued updates on the employees conditions
must be given not less than every third (3rd) day of absence.

vii)

For longer absences, employees are required to give a statement of their


status once a week to their Supervisor.

c. Bereavement Leave

i)

In the case of bereavement leave, the affected employee is required to


notify his or her Supervisor of such leave requirement, giving as much
notice as possible and submitting the appropriate Leave Request.

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Where advance notice is not possible, employees are required to notify


their Supervisor at the earliest possible time available following the start
of the leave, and submit the appropriate Leave Request.

d. Other Leaves of Absence

All other leaves of absence must be applied for through the use of the
appropriate Leave Request, giving as much notice as is reasonably
possible. It is important to reiterate that absences from work are
legitimate only when accompanied by permission from the employee's
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5) Work Performance
Output is measurable and continues to be a major factor in assessing productivity.
Productivity includes quality of work, the volume, conditions, safety, timeliness, and
attitude and even how people work together to achieve the necessary outcomes.
The Town expectations of employees:

Work safely and in accordance with the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety
Act and Regulations (OH&S)

Work to the best of their abilities within the confines of reasonableness

Apply themselves to their assigned tasks with diligence and pride

Remain cognizant of cost and time limitations

Are always mindful of safety implications both to themselves and others

Are hygienic and meet the housekeeping requirements

Must work in harmony with each other, his/ her Supervisor, Management,
Council and the Community

Must follow directions from Supervisors that are essential for the proper
performance of his/her job, including oral and/or written instructions

To stay within established lines of authority

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a. Telephone Use

i)

Employees should not receive or place personal calls unless it is an


emergency.

ii)

Employees are permitted to use Town phones for local personal calls only
on authorized breaks.

iii)

Personal calls may not be received or placed while the employee is in an


area that is within earshot of customers.

-1-- - - -----'P-J-- P-ersGI'Ial-lang-distanee-eaiHng-is-not-per rr lilted on any-Town-ph-ones,


unless the charges are billed to an outside party.

v)

Phone bills and phone usage records are audited on a revolving basis to
ensure that this procedure is being followed.

vi)

Employees will be required to read and agree to the Personal


Communication Devices Procedure before access to a Town of Taber
cell phone will be granted.

b. Information Technology

i)

Employees will be required to read and agree to the Acceptable Use of


Information Technology Resources Policy and Procedure before access to
the Town of Taber's Information Technology Resources will be granted.

c. Personal Projects

i)

Employees are not permitted to do personal projects at work, except


during approved breaks.

ii)

Town facilities, equipment and materials are not to be used for personal
use by employees except with specific permission from the Chief
Administrative Officer or his/her designate.

d. Confidentiality

i)

In order to protect the Town of Taber and our citizens, all employees are
required to sign a confidentiality agreement. The confidentiality oath
requires employees to treat all information that comes to their knowledge
as a result of their employment with the Town of Taber as confidential
information.

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ii)

Confidential is defined as private or secret, and refers to any personal


information that an employee may come across in the performance of
their duties as an employee of the Town.

iii)

Personal information is anything that relates to a particular individual and


would allow someone to be identified. Some examples might be a birth
date, info on a resume, or a salary.

iv)

Under the FOIP Act, personal information can only be disclosed in the
following situations:

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The individual consents to the disclosure


Another act or regulation of Alberta or Canada authorizes or requires
the disclosure
A court with jurisdiction in Alberta orders the disclosure
Disclosure is given to a relative of a deceased individual
To an officer or employee of a public body if the disclosure is
necessary for the performance of their duties.

v)

When personal information is disclosed, only the necessary amount of


disclosure to meet the purpose is permitted.

e. Vehicle Policy and Procedures

i)

Employees will be required to read and agree to the Vehicle Policy and
Procedures before access to the Town of Taber's Vehicles will be
granted.

f. Safety
i)

The safety of the Community, its employees and property is paramount in


the mind of the Town.

ii)

Everything that an employee does must be done with safety as his/her


number one priority. At no time should safety be lost at the expense of
time nor should productivity or the need to achieve the Town's goals
supersede the need to achieve each safely.

iii)

All employees have the right to refuse to perform work, in accordance


with the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations
(OH&S), where they believe that their personal safety is at risk, providing
that there is sufficient reason to justify such action.

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iv)

Where there is a dispute between the affected employee and his or her
Supetvisor, an officer of Alberta OH&s shall be called in for the final
determination.

v)

Every person employed by the Town is responsible to ensure that they


utilize the Town facilities, equipment, etc., in both an operational and
physically safe manner. No item is to be neglected, misused or carelessly
operated in a way that will or could contribute to damage, personal injury
or unsafe conditions, nor employees contribute to or participate in unsafe
acts, including horseplay.

_._ _ _ _ _ _v....i".)-T.own-f.acilities,-equipment7etc-;;- may-only~be-operated-by"qualltle-a-staff


and/or management personnel.

vii)

The Town shall identify from time to time those individuals that are
qualified and determine who should be trained to become qualified as it
deems appropriate.

viii) The Town of Taber has developed a safety orientation program which will
begin on the first day of employment. Employees will be required to read
and agree to the Town of Taber: Workplace Health and Safety Plan
and Program outlining policies, directives and procedures on health and
safety.
g. Smoking in the Workplace

i)

Employees are not permitted to smoke inside Town Facilities, at their


worksites, operating Town vehicles, and/or equipment.

ii)

Smoking is permitted outside, only in areas that are at least five metres
from any entrance or air intake, and designated as a "smoking area".

iii)

A smoking area may be used by employees only before and after working
hours, during lunch periods, and designated rest or break periods.

iv)

A Supetvisor may allow an employee to split their designated rest or break


periods for "smoke breaks".

h. Drug and Alcohol Use

i)

The Town of Taber is committed to providing a drug free, healthy and


safe workplace. To promote this goal, employees are required to report
to work in appropriate mental and physical condition to perform their
work.

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ii)

While on Town premises and while conducting business-related activities


off of Town premises, no employee may use, possess, distribute, or be
under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

iii)

The legal use of prescribed drugs is permitted at work only if it does not
impair the employee's ability to perform their work effectively and in a
safe manner.

Employees found to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs


while on Town premises or while conducting business-related activities
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v)

When representing the Town at social functions outside of regular working


hours, the consumption of alcohol in appropriate circumstances may be
acceptable, when consumed in a responsible manner.

i. Harassment
i)

The Alberta Provincial Human Rights Code prohibits sexual harassment in


the workplace. The Code states generally that:
Every person has a right to be free from,

ii)

a)

A sexual solicitation or advance made by a person in a position to


confer, grant or deny a benefit or advancement to the person
where the person making the solicitation or advance knows or
ought reasonably to know that it is unwelcome; or,

b)

A reprisal or threat of reprisal for the rejection of a sexual


solicitation or advance where the reprisal is made or threatened by
a person in a position to confer, grant or deny a benefit or
advancement to the person; or,

c)

Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that detrimentally affects


the work environment or leads to adverse job-related
consequences for the victims of the harassment.

The Town of Taber recognizes the detrimental affect that any harassment
or intimidation can have on employee morale and the work environment.
The Town is committed to providing an environment that is free from any
harassment occurring from unwelcome physical or verbal conduct that
belittles, threatens, disturbs, or causes personal humiliation and/or
embarrassment.

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Any employee who find themselves being subjected to such or being


taunted, tempted, or pressured are advised to contact their Supervisor, or
in extreme circumstances the Chief Administrative Officer, immediately.

j. Harassment Committee
i)

The Town recognizes the hesitancy certain staff may have in involving
others in what may be perceived to be an extremely personal and
threatening problem, particularly since harassment may originate from
any department and/or level within the organization.

ii)

The Town has formed a harassment committee as follows:


The Committee on Harassment shall be made up of Four (4) individuals
from the workplace. Two members will be appointed by the majority of
employees to represent them. The other two members will be appointed
by the Employer to represent the Town. Two of these individuals will,
upon receiving a complaint under this policy and related procedure, be
responsible to represent the Town. The other two will serve as alternates.

iii)

The Harassment Committee members will be reviewed annually.

iv)

The names of the Harassment Committee members shall be posted at


each Town main facility where employees report to.

v)

The Town of Taber will receive complaints in the following manner:


a)

An employee that feels they have been a victim of harassment


should advise the offender that the action is unacceptable
behavioui and unvvelcome. However, if the affected employee(s)
feel for any reason that they cannot directly confront the alleged
offender; the concern may be brought forward to the Harassment
Committee who will determine the next appropriate action.
Further, whether the employee or the Harassment Committee
undertakes to do so, there is a requirement that the alleged
offender will be advised of the particular actions that are deemed
to be unacceptable behaviour and unwelcome.

b)

The Harassment Committee will, upon receiving a complaint of


alleged Harassment, be responsible to immediately initiate such
investigations as are reasonable under the circumstances, prepare
recommendations on their findings and to submit such to the Chief

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Administrative Officer or his/her designate for his/her


consideration.
c)

Employees are advised to document the dates, times and the


nature of the behaviour and the names of people who may have
witnessed the incident(s). Records should also show what action
was taken to stop the harassment.

d)

If, after appropriate investigation, any individual employed by the


Town of Taber is found to have harassed another employee, the
Town will take disciplinary measures against the offender as it
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _cte.ems__appropriate,-up-to-and-including-dismissal.
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e)

In addition, harassment and/or threatening behaviour is illegal;


therefore, incidents of harassment and/or intimidation may be
reported to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

6) Progressive Discipline
i)

The Town of Taber has adopted a PROGESSIVE DISCIPUNE SYSTEM to


be applied in all instances where it is determined that disciplinary
measures must be taken. This Progressive discipline system ranges from
instances that are minor to severe.

ii)

Employees are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that


promotes cooperation, excellence and integrity while striving to achieve
the best results for our customers.

iii)

The Town of Taber shall confront inappropriate behaviour and substandard performance and take justified action to correct such behaviour
and performance while respecting the provisions of Collective Agreements.
Note: While the progressive discipline acts as a guideline for
normal circumstances, at the discretion of the Chief
Administrative Officer or Supervisor and dependant on the
severity and frequency of any misconduct and/ or negligence, any
of the steps and/or procedures may be omitted if it is deemed
more immediate action is required.
While progressive discipline is designed to escalate the strength
of the signal to the employee of inappropriate behaviourI conduct
to ensure compliance, any or all steps of progressive discipline
may be bypassed based on past employee performance or
severity of infraction.

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iv)

The steps in the Progressive Discipline process are as follows:

Written Warning - Written warnings are ordinarily given by the

immediate Supervisor for poor conduct or unsatisfactory job performance.


Areas where improvements are deemed necessary are defined, a plan of
action is developed wherein such improvements can be realistically
achieved and notice is served that failure to improve will result in
additional progressive discipline. A formal meeting will be held to review
the identified deficiency, outline an action plan, and indicate that failure to
improve will result in additional progressive discipline. Both the
Supervisor and employee must sign this document and it will become part
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Suspension - if a written warning is not successful or the situation

warrants more immediate action the employee shall receive a suspension.


Disciplinary suspension is the temporary removal and withholding of pay
of an employee for a specified period to bring about improvement in
performance or behaviour. In the meeting it is stated that failure to
improve will result in additional discipline. Suspension may be with pay if
an investigation into an incident is still ongoing. Once the investigation
has been completed, the Supervisor may suspend the individual without
pay or move to the final step of the progressive disciplinary process.

Dismissal - Dismissal is the final step of the progressive disciplinary

process and is normally reserved for the most serious and/or persistent
offenses. This is the end of the employment relationship as a result of the
employee's failure to correct the identified behaviour in a significant and
meaningful manner and/or the behaviour warrants dismissal. An incident
of sufficient seriousness may warrant immediate dismissal. If an
employee is dismissed, the Town reserves the right to dismiss forthwith
without notice or payment in lieu of notice.
a. Gross Misconduct

i)

Only for situations constituting gross (serious) misconduct will an


employee be dismissed for the first breach of discipline without prior
warnings.

ii)

A dismissal for gross misconduct is without notice or pay in lieu of notice.

iii)

The following list is neither exclusive nor exhaustive and other acts may
be considered an act of gross misconduct:

Theft of Town's, another employee's or customer's property

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Refusal to comply with a legitimate instruction given by a Supervisor

A physical or verbal attack on another employee or customer

Serious breach of Health and Safety Policy and Procedures

Deliberate entry of a false expense claim to obtain reimbursement of


expenses not actually incurred, or any other fraudulent action against the
Town of Taber.

Offensive behaviour in the presence_oL customers or_staff- - - - - - - --r- -

Sexual or racial harassment

Making false claims at the time of hiring

b. Responsibilities of Employees:

i)

An employee shall maintain satisfactory standards of performance and


behaviour as it may relate to the workplace.

ii)

An employee shall be aware of their obligation as an employee and the


consequences of failing to comply with the established standards of
performance.

iii)

An union employee if desired, may arrange to be accompanied by a Union


representative to an investigative or disciplinary meeting.

iv)

An employee shall cooperate in the investigation of all cases of


unsatisfactory or unacceptable work performance or behaviour.

c. Probationary Employees

i)

Should a discipline issue arise with a probationary employee; the


employee's immediate Supervisor will review the purpose of the
probationary period in light of the offense or infraction and take
appropriate action. This may include immediate dismissal without notice
or pay in lieu of notice.

ii)

Where a probationer is retained on staff, any subsequent offenses may


result in automatic discharge.

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iii)

If during or at the conclusion of the employee's probationary period, in


the employer's opinion, the employee has performed unsatisfactorily or is
otherwise unsuitable for the position, the employee may be terminated
without notice or pay in lieu of notice. Written notification of such
termination will be given.

iv)

If deemed necessary by the Supervisor, a probationary period may be


extended up to an additional45 calendar days.

d. Employees

i)

Emolovees are subject_to_anclaccountable..for-all-of- the-Town-of-taber-!5- - -- Policies, Procedures and Regulations.

ii)

Employees can expect to be disciplined for any contravention of the


Town's Policies, Procedures and Regulations including any breech of item
or articles set out in any Agreement or individual employment contract.

iii)

All such actions shall be dependent on the severity of the individual


infraction and the circumstances under which the infraction occurred.

e. Inability to Maintain Qualifications or Required Competencies

i)

From time to time an employee may find himself or herself in a position of


not being able to continue to meet ongoing qualification requirements
such as various tickets of qualification, driver's license or, for that matter,
physical/mental capability.

ii)

Rather than perceiving this problem as a disciplinary problem, the Town


must address it as one of competence or rather, the lack thereof. In such
instances, it may be difficult for the Town to find alternate ~vork for the
individual concerned. The Town may not have light duty jobs, nor can it
allow unqualified or unlicensed individuals to operate its' equipment or
perform duties to a reasonable and required function.

iii)

Where it is appropriate, reasonable and where the Town is capable, the


Employer will seek to find alternate employment within the Town for
employees who no longer hold the appropriate qualifications for their job.
In instances where the Town determines that such alternative
employment is not available, the Town will have no alternative, but to
release the employee from its employment.

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7) Application
a.

Employees will acknowledge their responsibility to abide by the Employee


Code of Conduct Policy and Procedures on the separate Employee
Acknowledgement Agreement.

b.

It is the responsibility of the Chief Administrative Officer and the Management


Team to ensure that the provisions of this policy and procedure are followed.

c.

Only the Chief Administrative Officer has the ability to adopt any revisions to
these procedures.

CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

DATE

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Employee Acknowledgement Agreement

This Personnel Procedure describes important information about the Town of Taber,
and I understand that I should consult my Supervisor, Human Resources, or the Chief
Administrative Officer regarding any questions not answered in this procedure.
Since the information and procedures described here are subject to change, I
acknowledge that revisions of this procedure may occur. All such changes will be
communicated through official notices, and I understand that revised information may
supersede, modify or eliminate existing procedures.
Furthermore, I acknowledge that this procedure is a le al document cm_d__agree..ta__b
-t-- --kl-luncfo y 1ts a1rec 1ves. I tiave received the procedure, and I understand that it is my
responsibility to read and comply with the procedures and any revisions made to it.

Employee's Signature

Date

Employee's Name Printed

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Social Media
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TABER
Polley No.: CSIT-3
Council Resolution No.: 47/12
Department: Corporate Services
Authority: Council
Effective Date: 27/02/12
Revision Date:
Review Data. Fftbr:uary.J.:u.u.-n~
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Supersedes: N/A
Related Procedure No.: CS-IT-3
Related Procedure Name: Social Media

Purpose
This polity governs the publication of sodal media commentary on sodat media venues by
employees and Mayor and Council of Town of Taber.

Policy Statement
1) Social Media means any fadlity for online publication and commentary, lndudlng without
limitation blogs, wiki's, and social networldng sites such as Facebook, Unkedln, Twitter,
Fllckr, and YouTube.

2) Town of Taber supports the use of sodal media to further the strategic direction and
goals of the organization. Social media provides additional tools and channels that can
complement traditional communications and marketing methods and mediums.
3} Town of Taber wJII build Its presence on social media sites and use sodal media tools
with adequate consideration given to:
a. ensuring efforts align with the Town's Strategic Plan, Corporate Values and
poll des
b. identifying the fit within business and communications/marketing plans and
objectives

c. understanding the benefits, Implications and risks in using social media

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4) Legitimate business use of social media should benefit the organization by advandng
the following goals:
a. Building a positive fmage for the Town of Taber;

b. Increasing mind share and awareness of the organization by reaching large


audiences at low monetary cost;

c. Improving clfent satisfaction In order to receive more timely and personal service
In the medium that they prefer will be more satisfied;
d. Gaining dtizen insights to monitor public opinion about the Town of Taber and

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e. Networking with professionals to maintain business contacts or maintaining


contacts with members of professional organizations and their standards;

f. Redudng the cost of servidng clients to quickly and effidently respond to


customer service Issues.
5) In their capadty as private dtizens, Town employees have the same rights of free
speech as other citizens, however the Town of Taber expects that they will not
represent the Town of Taber on thelr own personal sodal media sites or comment about
the Town's operations.

6) Employees are bound by the offtdal Oath of Confldentiallty, the Employee Code of
Conduct, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Acceptable
Use of Information Technology Resources Polley and must not disclose any Town
lnfonnation or content that they are not specifically authorized to disclose.
7) Acting as a private citizen, a Town employee must use a private email address and make
every reasonable effort to make it clear that their contribution to sodal media sites Is as
a private individual, ctnd not as a representative of the Town.
8) Administration shall establish procedures for this policy and shall be responsible to
ensure the spirit and Intent of the policy is adhered to.

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Additional References

Acceptable Use of Infonnation Technology Resources Polley No. 06/05/23

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CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

PROCEDURE

SECTION: HUMAN RESOURCES

PROCEDURE MANUAL
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TITLE:

ACCEPTABLE USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

DATE:

Last Modified June 2, 2008

AUTHORITY:
REVISIONS:

CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER


VERSION 1.2

1.RATIONALE:
1.01 This procedure is to implement the Acceptable Use of Information Technology Policy and to provide protection for the
Town and its approved users.
2. PROCEDURE STATEMENT:

2.0 I The information in this procedure does not take precedence over Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act,
and/or any legislation including but not limited to human rights, privacy, commerce, communication or criminal code.
3. APPLICATION:
3.01 The principles included in this procedure apply to all users of the Town of Taber's Information Technology Resources,
including employees, contractors, agent'>, partners and any others to whom access has been granted.
3.02 It is the responsibility of the Chief Administrative Officer and the Department Head'> to ensure that the provisions of
this procedure are f(lllowed.
3.03 Town of Taber (hereinafter called the "Town") provides the privilege of accessing Information Technology Resources
(including nccess to the Internet and electronic mail) to all approved users of the Town who are deemed by their
supervisor to require access to assist them in fulfilling their job duties, improving and enhancing communication,
service delivery, operational effectiveness and reduction in costs. Approved ll~ers must avoid any inappropriate ll">e of
information technology.
3.04 All users of the Town's Information Technology Resources must read the Acceptable Information Technology
Resources Policy & Procedures and sign the Statement of Agreement before access may be granted.
4.0 DEFINITIONS

4.01 Appropriate Use: defined in the Acceptable U'ie of Information Technology Resources Policy, as responsible,
cooperative, community-minded behavior/tt<;e that protect'> the common good and promotes the legitimate goals of the
Town of Taber.
4.02 Approved User: Town of Taber employees, elected officials, contractors, volunteers. Town agent'> or any oth'!r
mdividual that receives proper information technology resources access approval.
4.03 Electronic Mail (e-mail): includes all internal and external business communications on the Town of Taber's e-mail
systems, including external e-mail services contracted by the Town of Taber.
4.04 Inappropriate Use: defined in the Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources Policy, as including, but is not
limited to any offensive material (whether in the form of words, graphics or sound) such as pornography, hate literature,

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propaganda, obscene materials and any material or activity that which contravenes any legislation, including but not
limited to human rights, privacy, commerce, communication, or criminal code legislation.
4.05 Information Technology Resources: (IT Resources) includes but not limited to the use of the Town of Taber's Internet
and electronic mail systems.
4.06 Internet: means all activities undertaken through the Town of Taber's Internet resoW'ces. Internet access and usage
includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following:

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Sending and receiving electronic mail


Acquiring software via the Internet
Acquiring information via the Internet (browsing websites)
Doing electronic commerce over the Internet
Transferring information or data over the Internet

4.07 Personal Use: includes non-business related activities such as sport.,, entertainment, banking, employment, etc.
4.08 Protected Information: personal, confidential or sensitive information and includes all information that is not to be
disclosed under the Freedom of lnfomullion and Protection of Privacy Act.
4.08 Scheduled Hours of Work: means an employee's regularly scheduled hoW's of work and, for the pW'pose of this
directive only, does not include approved rest and/or meal periods.

5.0 Guidelines
5.01 The Town provides approved users with access to IT Resources during working hours for work related purpo!-.es and to
a'isist them in the performance of their work. IT Resource access is restricted to official Town business only.
5.02 Access to the Internet and electronic mail for personal use is permitted outc;ide of scheduled hours of work provided that
such use does not interfere with the operation of the Town's IT Resources, is conducted in accordance with all the terms
of this policy, and that the employee has the pennission of their supervisor to access Town property outside of their
scheduled hours of work.
5.03 All IT Resources acquired by the Town by purchase or lease and the data or work product created in the lL'ie of such
Town IT Resources belong to the Town of Taber.
5.04 All approved users should be aware that the Town's computer system creates records of every Internet Site visited and
every e-mail message that is sent. Users utilizing IT Resources shall have no expectation of privacy. The Town
reserves the right to monitor, assess and audit the use of any and all Town IT Resources used on the premises of the
Town of Taber or in the carrying out of Town business activities. This is to ensure proper working order, appropriate
use hy users, and the security of Town data.
5.05 Periodically the Town may retrieve the contents of any user's communications in these systems. The Town may access
user files, including archived materials of present or former users without lLc;er consent for any purpose related to
maintainiug the integrity of the network, the right" of the Town or others or for any other reasonable purpos~. The
Town has the right to utilize software that makes it possible to identify and block acce.<;s to Internet Sites deemed
inappropriate in the work environment.
5.06 Correspondence via IT Resources is NOT guaranteed to be private. Network administration does provide a high level
of internal privacy and network security, but users should be aware that electronic messages could be recovered even
though deleted by the user.

5.07 Correspondence outc;ide of the Town's local network via IT Re.o;ources (e-mail, web, instant messaging, or any other
medium) is PUBLIC unless appropriate approved encryption methods are used between the sender and recipient. Unless
appropriate encryption exists, NO private or confidential intellectual property of the Town is to be transmitted or
transferred using the Internet.
5.08 The Town requires that approved users conduct themselves in a responsible and professional manner while using IT
Resources reflecting the Town's commitment to honest, ethical and non-discriminatory business practice.<;. Users must
respect the copyrights, software licensing rule.'>, property rights, privacy rights and federal and provincial laws as in any
other busine.c;s dealing.
5.09 All electronic documentc; which are created by or on the Town's computer or network. including Internet usage, are
records for the purpose of the Freedom of lnfonnation and Protection of Privacy Act and may be accessible to the
public pursuant to the provisions of the Act.
5.10 Approved users who do not have prior autnoozationlmm.the Town's CAO nre prohibited from downloading-anY-files-- - - - (including exe, gif, jpg, zip) from any IT Resource such a.c; the Internet or electronic mail at any time. Both the
introduction of viruses into the Town's network and malicious tampering with any Town owned computer system could
result in discipline up to and including termination of employment. If an approved user locate.'i a file which requires
downloading (for business purposes only) they are to contact the appropriate staff member responsible for IT Re.c;ources
for assistance.
5.11 Approved users must re.'ipect information copyrights and software licenses. Unless otherwise noted, all software on the
Internet should be considered copyrighted work. Therefore, all users are prohibited from downloading software and/or
modifying any such files without permission from the copyright holder and the Town's CAO.
5.12 Approved users must not place Town of Taber material (copyright software, internal correspondence, etc.) on any
publicly acce.c;sible Internet computer (The Town of Taber website, e-mail or file transfer sites) without prior permission
from the Town's CAO.
5.13 Inappropriate use of Town IT Re.c;ources includes but is not limited to, knowingly or intentionally doing or allowing any
of the following:
: Misrepresenting or hiding your electronic identity including forging communications to make them appear to
originate from another person;
! Acce.o;sing someone else's computer account without authority. Users shall NOT examine, change, or use
another person's file.'> or output for which they do not have explicit authorization;
! Providing unauthorized access to your account, or providing the means to do so;
! Intercepting or altering network packet<;;
! Accessing, reproducing or distributing copyrighted materials without permission;
! Violating terms of applicable software licensing agreements;
! Introducing worms or viruses or other code with de.o;tructive properties to Town IT Resources;
! Sharing of password'>;
! Allowing unauthorized access to the Town's information stores or data;
: Allowing unauthorized ll'>e of Town IT Resources;
! Using the network to gain unauthorized access to any computer system;
! Connecting unauthorized equipment to the Town's network;
! Attempting to circumvent data protection scheme.'> or uncover security loopholes;
! Activities that will interfere with the normal operation of computers, terminals, peripherals, or Town's
networks;
! Installing on any computer system or network, or giving to another user, a program intended to damage or to
place excessive load on a computer system or network;
! Deliberately wasting/overloading computing resources;

! Copying, modifying or browsing data files without authorization;


! Accessing IT Resources you have not been specifically authorized to use;
! Accessing, uploading, downloading, distributing or possessing any material (including graphics and sound files)
that is obscene, pornographic or defamatory or which is intended to or could reasonably be expected to threaten,
annoy, harass, intimidate, offend, or be disruptive to another person. To do so is strictly rorbidden und will
result in discipline up to and including dismissal, and the removal or Internet privileges.
: Unauthorized use, or infringement, or theft of data, equipment, or tangible or intangible property, or any
intellectual property rights thereto;
! IT Resources used on Town premises or for Town business must not be used in activities that violate any
applicable law or regulation including without limitation those at the federal level, provincial level, municipal
level, and those by way of international treatie..<;, and those of any foreign jurisdiction with authority; or other
applicable Town policies (i.e. sexual hara.<~sment, workplace violence, equal opportunity, etc.);
! Misrepresenting a user's personal opinions as those of the Town.
! Accessing, uploading, downloading or otherwise transmit unauthorized commercial software or any
copyrighted materials belonging to the Town. or to pMties..oui.Sic
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! Users must NOT expose protected information (including confidential and personal information) to Internet
access or transmit lL'iing Internet facilities unless approved security precautions are taken. This also applies to
electronic mail transmissions.
! IT Re..<~ources are NOT to be used to send, solicit or circulate e mails that are unrelated to busine..'is activities
such a.'i mailing list'>, electronic chain letters, etc.
! Alternate Internet Service Provider connections to the Town of Taber's internal network are not permitted.

5.14 A workstation consist<; of the hardware and software component<;. Inappropriate use includes:
! Moving equipment without authorization;
! Installing unsupported software;
! Installing software without a proper licen.o;e to do so;

: Downloading, using or distributing pirated software;


! Displaying, downloading, transmitting, circulating, saving, storing or otherwtse using or acce..'ising obsceW!,
lewd, offensive or sexually hara.'ising images or text;
! Accessing or copying another user's electronic mail, data, programs or other files without permission.
6.0 Compliunce

6.0 l Users who violate any of the guidelines set in the Acceptable Use of Information Technology Re..o;ource..'i Policy and
Procedures may lose access privilege..'i. Depending upon the severity of tne violation, ust:rs may be subject to
disciplinary action from written warnings through to termination, as well as other legal action or criminal charges. The
Town also retains the right to report any illegal violations to the appropriate authoritie..'i.

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4900 A- 50 ST. TABER, ALBERTA CANADA T1 G 1T1
TELEPHONE: (403) 223-5500

FAX: (403) 223-5530

TOWN Of

TABER

Dear Tom,
Re:

Systems Administrator Position


Competition No: ITSA-2007-32

We wish to make the following offer of employment to you:


Position
You will be employed as a full-time Systems Administrator with the Town of Taber.
Duties
You agree to diligently, effectively and faithfully perfonn all duties which may be

prescribed from time to time by the Town of Taber including, but not limited to, those set
out in the position description attached as Schedule "A" to this offer letter and such
additional duties a.~ may fr<'m time tc time be prescribed by the Corporate Services
Manager, either by written or verbal directives. You will perform these duties on a fulltime basis and will not maintain, seek or be engaged in any other employment during the
course of your employment with the Town of Taber, without the approval of the Chief
Administrative Officer.
Term
Notwithstanding the date upon which the parties
employment in this position shall be deemed effective
will continue until tenninated in accordance with the terms set out below.

email: town@laber.ca
http://www.taber.ca

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Remuneration
The Employee's gross salary for this position, effective the
beginning
November 27,2007 will be based
the Town of
Taber Management Salary Grid, less
or pennitted deductions and
withholdings. Any increases to compensation will be in accordance to the Town of Taber
Management Personnel Employment & Benefit Tenns and consistent with other staff
adjustments. You will be paid every two (2) weeks in equal payments. The Town of
Taber Management Personnel Employment & Benefit Terms is contained as Schedule
"B" attached to this Agreement
Hours of Work
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_ _ _ _ _,__eneral1}4he-e-x-pectation is for1he-sy ems ministrator to work a 7.5-hour work day,
Monday to Friday, with one hour lunch, however, there may be evening and weekend
work required due to the nature of this position.
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QyertimeEiigibilitv

You will not be eligible for overtime as a result of the manageriallsupetvisory nature of
this position. You will, however, be eligible for seven (7) working days off with pay per
year in accordance with the provisions of the Town of Taber Management Personnel
Employment and Benefit Tenns. Lieu time will be prorated for the remainder of2007.
Vacation
You will be entitled to an annual vacation as per the Town of Taber Management
Personnel Employment & Benefits Terms.
Benefits
You will participate in the standard benefit plan as provided by the Town of Taber, where
eligible. The cost of such benefit premiums will be paid on the basis of 80% by the
Town of Taber and 20% by yourself, unless otherwise indicated in the Town of Taber
Management Personnel Employment & Benefits Tenns. It is understood that the Town
of Taber is authorized to make all necessary payroll deductions from your pay for the
Employee share of pr~mium costs for participation in the benefit plan and you agree to
provide and convey all necessary infonnation required by the insurer of such benefits.
Participation in the plan is mandatory except where you provide proof of equal or
superior coverage elsewhere.

Local Authorities Pension Plan


You will P.articipate in. ~e L~cal Authorities ~ension Pl. (L~~} ~t i~s~~s rsla~qi to
the operation or adrrumstration of that particular parUctpahon sluill be governed by
LAPP.

to the contrary contain~d herein, the period o~


shall be deemed to be the period of probation (~~~

Performance and Evaluation


You will receive a performance evaluation prior to the end of the Probationary Period,
and annually thereafter. Nothing herein prevents the Town of Taber from conducting
performance evaluations more often. Perfonnance evaluations rna be considered in
- - - --uGterminiftg-trainng-needs-onalary adji
Terminatiop bv the Employer
The Town of Taber may terminate your employment at any time, for just cause without
notice or compensation in lieu thereof.

At any time following the Probationary Period, the Town of Taber may terminate your
employment for any reason, in its absolute discretion, by providing you with written
notice, or salary in lieu of notice; or a combination thereof, equal to the minimum
requirements of the Employment Standards Code, R.S.A. 2000 c.E-9.
At any time following the Probationary Period, the Town of Taber may tenninate or
fundamentally alter your employment for any reason, in its absolute discretion, by
providing you with written notice, or salary in lieu of notice, or a combination thereof,
equal to the minimum requirements of the Employment Standards Code, R.S.A. 2000
c.E-9. No notice or salary in lieu of notice in excess of the minimums of the
Employment Standards Code shall be provided.
It is understood and agreed that the above notice or payment in lieu of notice, or
combination thereof, is reasonable and adequate notice, and will fulfill all requirements
for notice, or payment in lieu of notice imposed by law.
Upon termination or alteration of your employment as set out herein, it is understood that
you shall have no further claims against, or be entitled to any further remuneration or
compensation from the Town of Taber arising out of the termination of alteration of your
employment.
Termination by tbe Employee
You may terminate employment at any time by providing the Town of Taber with thirty
(30) day's notice in writing to that affect. The Town of Taber may decide, in its sole
discretion. to waive a portion of your required notice.

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Residence Requirement

Management Department Heads and Staff are encouraged to live within tlle if~ limifs.

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Confidentiality

It is understood and agreed that all infonnation pertaining to the Town of Taber's
operation to which you become privy through your employment will be maintained
strictly confidential and will not, in any circumstances be disclosed or used by you
without the express consent of the Town ofTaber. This information includes, but is not
limited to, ratepayer information, business strategies, trade secrets, financial information
or information and technology specific to the Town of Taber. This confidentially
requirement applies during the course of your employment and following your
- - - - - -termination as wen-. - - - - E:s:pense Reimbursement
The Town of Taber will reimburse you for all approved out of pocket expenses
reasonably and directly incurred by you in the discharge of your duties, provided that
such expenses are supported by proper receipts, invoices or vouchers and submitted to the
Town of Taber within thirty (30) days from the date upon which such expenses are
incUITed.
Associations and Continuing Education

You will, at the expense of the Town of Taber, attend or complete such professional
development training, and belong to any associations, as may be recommended by either
the Town of Taber or yourself and approved by the Town ofTaber in accordance with the
Town's policies. Where such training is approved, the Town of Taber will pay all
expenses associated with such training, including but not limited to professional
development requirements necessary to maintain such membership.
Indemnification and Bonding
The Town of Taber agrees to defend, save harmless and indemnify you against any
professional liability claim or legal action arising out of an alleged act or omission
occurring with respect to the duties of your employment with the Town of Taber.
Further, the Town of Taber agrees to pay the amount of any settlement or judgment
rendered thereon on your behalf, along with covering the costs incurred in defending such
claim or suit. The Town of Taber will bear the full cost of any fidelity or other bonds
required by the Employee under any law or ordinance.
Other Terms and Conditions

a)

You also agree that the Town of Taber has the right to enact, invoke, or amend
policies or procedures governing its employees, and you agree to be bound by all
Town of Taber policies and procedures, except where they specifically contradict
the tenns of this Agreement.

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b)

This offer of employment is conditional upon your presentation of a current


criminal records check document. As the Systems Administration Position will
have complete access to all the Town of Taber Information Technology back
ground checks will be performed by the Town of Taber Police Service. If for any
reason there is any ihdication of a criminal record or the Police Service have
concerns with their background check this offer of employment will be rescinded
until further notice

c)

You agree to attend any meetings/presentations/conferences which require the


Systems Administrator attendance.

lnvaUd or Upenforceable Terms


If any term or condition is determined to be invalid or unenforceable to any extent, the

remaining terms and conditions will not be affected thereby, and each of the remaining
terms and conditions will be valid and enforceable to the fullest extent pennitted by law.
Entire Agreement

This Agreement, and all of the documents referred to or incorporated herein, constitute
the entire Agreement between the parties, and replaces and supersedes all previous
communications, representations, understandings and agreements whether written or
verbal between the parties.

lpdepeodeot Legal Advice or Other Professional

You acknowledge that prior to executing this offer letter you have had the opportunity to
obtain independent legal of other profession advice and have either done so or
specifically waived the right to do so.
Please review and consider these provisions carefully. If you would like to accept this
position on the above tenn and conditions, please sign this letter in the location indicated
below and return it to the Town of Taber. The original will be returned for your records.
We look forward to working with you.
Yours truly,
Per: Town~f

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Enclosures:
copy of the position description
copy of the Town of Taber Management Personnel Employment and
Benefit Tenns
Benefit Package (AMSC)
Employee Assistance Program Information
copy of Town ofTaber Rules of Conduct Policy
copy of s.56 of the Employment Standards Code Guide

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I have read and considered all of the above provisions, and accept these provisions, wong
with all of the enclosures, as the tenns and conditions of my employment with the Town
of Taber and agree to be bound by them.

Agreed to and accepted this

day o f - -

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Tom Moffatt

Birch, Greg
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Thanks

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Hobson, Sue <SHOBSON@brownleelaw.com>


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Birch, Greg
RE: Tom Moffatt

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You're very welcome!

From: Birch, Greg [mailto:greg.blrch@taber.ca]


Sent: May-31-16 5:01PM
To: Hobson, Sue
Subject: RE: Tom Moffatt
Thanks! I will review it tonight.
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Phone: {403) 223-6023
Fax:
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Visit our website at htto://www.taber.ca

From: Hobson, Sue [mailto:SHOBSON@brownleelaw.com]


Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 4:16 PM
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RE: Tom Moffatt

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Thanks II will review it tonight.

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Subject: Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday, June 01, 2016 9:16 AM
Birch, Greg
Social Media Agreement

Hi, Greg.
Please send me a copy of the Social Media Agreement that you are drawing up when it is complete.
Thanks,
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Birch, Greg
Wednesday, June 01, 201610:12 AM
'Tom Moffatt'
RE: Social Media Agreement

Hi Tom,

I will have it ready today, likely early afternoon.


Sincerely,

----~~~~~~~~~---------------------------------------Chief Administrative Officer


Town of Taber
4900 A -50 Street
T.\UER
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-6023
Fax:
{403)223-5530
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

From: Tom Moffatt [mailto:blcycle@shaw.ca]


Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2016 9:16AM
To: Birch, Greg
Subject: Social Media Agreement
Hi, Greg.
Please send me a copy of the Social Media Agreement that you are drawing up when it is complete.
Thanks,
Tom Moffatt

Birch, Greg
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Birch, Greg
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 4:00 PM
'Tom Moffatt'
RE: Social Media Agreement
TM letter.doc

To:
Subject:
Attachments:

Hello Tom,
As discussed, attached is the draft disciplinary letter and performance plan. If this is satisfactory, I would suggest that
you come into the office on Friday morning and meet with me first thing (8:00AM) to discuss it and sign the
performance plan. You would then return to work after the meeting. In this context, I would lay some groundwork with
oili~~affWhclpacrommod~eyruu~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Please telephone me to let me know what you think about this.


Sincerely,

T:\ISER

GY~'Bird4 RPP. 'MCIP


Chief Administrative Officer
Town ofTaber
4900 A - 50 Street
Taber AB TlG lTl

Phone: (403) 223~6023


Fax:
(403) 223~5530
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

From: Tom Moffatt [mailto:b1cycle@shaw.ca]


Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2016 9:16AM
To: Birch, Greg
Subject: Social Media Agreement
Hi, Greg.
Please send me a copy of the Social Media Agreement that you are drawing up when it is complete.
Thanks,
Tom Moffatt

Birch, Greg
From:

Birch, Greg
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 10:08 PM
Henk De Vlieger
*TOT - Council; Birch, Greg; Van Ham, Kerry
Re: Town of Taber

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Cc:
Subject:

Hello again,
Also as discussed at the meeting, your administration is trying to draw a distinction between the Town and an
employee who expresses an opinion on his own. Mr. Moffat's opinion on his private time is not a Town opinion.
Sincere} ,
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber
On May 4, 2016, at 3:27PM, Henk De Vlieger <devlieger.henk@gmail.com> wrote:
Thanks Grant, I just found out a agree Shame on Taber
On Wed, May 4, 2016 at 2:43PM, Henk De Vlieger <devlieger.henk@gmail.com> wrote:
Just got this forwarded from grant Hunter. This put a shame on Taber. Henk
---------- Forwarded message ---------From: Grant Hunter <Grant.Hunter@assembly.ab.ca>
Date: Wed, May 4, 2016 at 2:03PM
Subject: Fwd: Town of Taber
To: "devlicger.henk@ !!mail.com" <devlieger.henk @gmail.com>
Henk,
I thi'lk the Tweet made by Tom Moffatt, who works for tht! Town of Taber, was tenibly
inappropriate. You can see the statement at the bottom of this email. I,800 homes have been
destroyed, 80,000 people are displaced and he makes this kind of comment???
Grant
Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: Timothy Gerwing <Timothy.Gerwing@asscmbly.ab.ca>
Date: May 4, 20 16 at 1:51 :48 PM MDT
To: Grant Hunter <Grant.Hunter@asscmbly.ab.ca>, Peter Csillag
<Pcter.Csillag@asscmbly.ah.ca>
Subject: Town of Taber
This Tom Moffatt joker works for the Town of Taber. He's also a former NDP
candidate in Lethbridge. Thought you'd be interested to know, Grant.
1

Birch, Greg
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Busch, Barkley
Thursday, May OS, 2016 8:54 AM
Birch, Greg
FW: Serious concern for professionalism

This is addressed to the Mayor, I will let you deal with it.
Thanks
BB
From: Clint Delisle [mailto:clintdelisle@shaw.ca)

ent:-Thw:sday,-May-05,-W-1-i-841&-AM-- - -- - - - - - - - - - - To: De Vlieger, Henk <mayor@taber.ca>; Busch, Barkley <bbusch@taber.ca>; Busch, Barkley <bbusch@taber.ca>
Subject: Serious concern for professionalism

TO:
His Worship Henk De Vlieger,
Mayor of Taber
Dear Sir;
I write to you with a serious concern about your staff. I personally am tasked with leading a number of small comp;mies,
including an IT company. It is vital that the professionalism of our staff is checked and re-checked due to the critical data
they have access to. We have on occasion found staff with problems and immediately reassigned, retrained, or
terminated them. Professionalism is critical to good IT practices.
As such I was very disturbed to learn that Tom Moffatt on the IT staff at the town of Taber made a point of attacking a
burning town saying it was ' Karmic' and using the slogan 'Feel the Bern'.
http://imgur.com/AJ920bx
ht~ps:ljwww .linkedin.co.l/ln/torn-moffatt- 2811d 751
I will note that I support and vehemently defend everyone's right to free expression and political views.
This statement is, in my opinion, a serious breach of professional conduct for a staff member of an Alberta town.
Tact, and r-rofessicn31 detachment are vital where people have access to sensitive data. Publically promoting a political
viewpoint over the personal suffering of fellow Albertan townspeople shows a serious failing in this regard. A lack of
apology for the mis-step is a further indication of a misunderstanding of personal and professional separation. While in
my opinion there is no such thing as 'karma' there is something called 'professionalism' and it is vital to the IT industry.
Speaking as an expert in IT, one significantly more qualified than Mr. Moffatt, I can assure you that such an outburst
from one of my employees would have them sent squarely to HR for a review. I would encourage you to review the
serious failing in your employees and at the minimum ensure that proper discipline and decorum is added to this
persons training regimen.
Sincerely,
1

Clint Delisle

Birch, Greg
From:

Sent:
To:
Subject:

Busch, Barkley
Thursday, May 05, 2016 8:54 AM
Birch, Greg
FW: Serious concern for professionalism

This is addressed to the Mayor, I will let you deal with it.
Thanks
BB
From: Clint Delisle [mailto:clintdelisle@shaw.ca}
Sent: Thursda~ May OS, 2016 8:06AM
To: De Vlieger, Henk <mayor@taber.ca>; Busch, Barkley <bbusch@taber.ca>; Busch, Barkley <bbusch@taber.ca>
Subject: Serious concern for professionalism

TO:
His Worship Henk De Vlieger,
Mayor of Taber
Dear Sir;
I write to you with a serious concern about your staff. I personally am tasked with leading a number of small companies,
including an IT company. It is vital that the professionalism of our staff is checked anci re-checked due to the critical data
they have access to. We have on occasion found staff with problems and immediately reassigned, retrained, or
terminated them. Professionalism is critical to good IT practices.
As such I was very disturbed to learn that Tom Moffatt on the IT staff at the town of Taber made a point of attacking a
burning town saying it was 'Karmic' and using the slogan 'Feel the Bern' .
http://imgur.com/AJ92nbx
https;//www .linkedin.com/in/tom-moffatt-2811a 751
I will note that I support and vehemently defend everyone's right to free expression and political views.
This statement is, in my opinion, a serious breach of professional conduct for a staff member of an Alberta town.
Tact, and professional detachment are vital where people have access to sensitive data. Publically promoting a political
viewpoint over the personal suffering of fellow Albertan townspeople shows a serious failing in this regard. A lack of
apology for the mis-step is a further indication of a misunderstanding of personal and professional separation. While in
my opinion there is no such thing as 'karma' there is something called 'professionalism' and it is vital to the IT industry.
Speaking as an expert in IT, one significantly more qualified than Mr. Moffatt, I can assure you that such an outburst
from one of my employees would have them sent squarely to HR for a review. I would encourage you to review the
serious failing in your employees and at the minimum ensure that proper discipline and decorum is added to this
persons training regimen.
Sincerely,
1

Birch, Greg
From:

Birch, Greg

Sent:
To:
Subject:

Thursday, May OS, 2016 10:00 AM


'Mark McLennan'
RE: Tom Moffat

Thank you.

TAUER

Fax:

GYeft'BCYchs 'R.PP, MCIP


Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Taber
4900 A - 50 Street
Taber AB TlG 1T1

(403) 223-5530

Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

From: Mark McLennan [mailto:markalex.mclennan@gmail.com]

Sent: Thursday, May OS, 2016 8:20AM


To: Birch, Greg
Subject: Tom Moffat

Thank you for putting out an appropriate response. Cheers.

Birch, Greg
From:

Birch, Greg
Thursday, May OS, 2016 4:17PM
'e_tarves@yahoo.ca'
RE: Tom Moffatt
news release.pdf

Sent:
To:

Subject:
Attachments:

Hello,
The comments made by our employee were made on his own time and certainly do not reflect the Town's opinion. In
fact, the Town of Taber has offered a wildland fire truck and four person crew to the Province for its use. Our hearts,
prayers and best wishes lie with the people of Fort McMurray.
The Town's news release on the matter is attached.

-----------------------------

Sincerely,

Cireft'Bvchs 'RPP, MCI1'

TAUER

Chief Administrative Officer


Town of Taber
4900 A- 50 Street
Taber AB TlG lTl

From: e tatves@ tahoo.ca [maiit~J:e tarves@yahoo.cal


Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2016 12:58 PM
To: Busch, Barkley <bbusch@taber.ca>
Subject: RE: Tom Moffatt

Good afternoon,
Firstly I want to clarify that th;s is only my opinion, take it for what it is.
Regarding the recent online comments by Mr.Moffat, I cannot understand why anyone would want to retain
such a hateful, vindictive, cruel person, on their payroll.
His comments and views are grossly inappropriate, and if he hates c:myone who simply lives in a certain city,
based on what powers the local economy, maybe he needs relocate to eastern Canada where his western
hating views will be better received.
I cannot possibly begin to understand how anyone could work with such a horrible person, I highly doubt his
skill package is unique, and in this economy (trust me, I know all too well, I lost my job Feb8) I'm sure his
position can be quickly filled by someone who doesn't wish ill on 80,000 people, because he would rather buy
oil from nice countries like Arabia.
Thank you for your time,
1

A490050ST TABER, ALBERTA, CANADA T1G 1T1


TELEPHONE: (40312235500 FAX-(40312235530

TABER

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


May 41h, 2016 Release for Social Media
The Town of Taber would like to first and foremost express our sincere sympathies for the
o le of/=,
Murray and SUilDUnding-areas.-This-is--a-hoffilying--sittJBtion,anr~-u~tn:r----committed wholeheartedly to supporting the people affected.
A recent post made by a Town employee on a personal account in no way reflects the
Town's views on this terrible tragedy. Employee's views and opinions in no way reflect the
views of the Town.
The Town of Taber apologizes unreservedly. We are discussing this matter with the
employee.

###

Contact:
Meghan Brennan
Communications and Projects Coordinator
403-223-5500 ext. 5508

----------------
-

email: town@tabtt.ca
hap:l/www.tlbar.ca

Birch, Greg
From:
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Subject:

Birch, Greg
Thursday, May 05, 2016 5:29 PM
Busch, Barkley
RE: Serious concern for professionalism

Hi,
In that Mayor De Vlieger received this directly, I will leave it up to him to respond.
Thanks,

Gr~'Bt.Ychs 'R.PP. ~~C~I~f'---------------------

r.\13ER

Chlef )@ministrative Officer


Town of Taber
4900 A- 50 Street
Taber AB TlG lTl

Phone: (403) 223-6023


Fax:

(403) 2235530

Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

From: Busch, Barkley


Sent: Thursday, May OS, 2016 8:54AM
To: Birch, Greg
Subject: FW: Serious concern for professionalism
This is addressed to the Mayor, I will let you deal with it.
Thanks
BB
Froen: Clint Delisle [mailto:clintdeiisle@shaw.ca]
Sent: Thursday, May OS, 2016 8:06AM
To: De Vlieger, Henk <mayor@taber.-:a>; Busch, Barkley <bbusch@taber.ca>; Busch, Barkley <bbusch@taber.ca>
Subject: Serious concern for professionalism

TO:
His Worship Henk De Vlieger,
Mayor of Taber
Dear Sir;
I write to you with a serious concern about your staff. I personally am tasked with leading a number of small companies,
including an IT company. lt is vital that the professionalism of our staff is checked and re-checked due to the critical data
they have access to. We have on occasion found staff with problems and Immediately reassigned, retrained, or
terminated them. Professionalism is critical to good IT practices.

.
As such I was very disturbed to learn that Tom Moffatt on the IT staff at the town of Taber made a point of attacking a
burning town saying it was 'Karmic' and using the slogan 'Feel the Bern'.
http://imgur .com/AJ920bx
https://www .linkedin.com/in/tom moffatt 2811a751
I will note that I support and vehemently defend everyone' s right to free expression and political views.
This statement is, in my opinion, a serious breach of professional conduct for a staff member of an Alberta town.
Tact, and professional detachment are vital where people have access to sensitive data. Publically promoting a political
viewpoint over the personal suffering of fellow Albertan townspeople shows a serious failing in this regard. A lack of
apology for the mis~step is a further indication of a misunderstanding of personal and professional separation. While in
my opinion there is no such thing as 'karma' there is something called 'professionalism' and it is vital to the IT industry.
-

Spea ing as an expert in IT, one significantly more qualifiedt han Mr. Moffatt, I can assure you that such an outburst
from one of my employees would have them sent squarely to HR for a review. I would encourage you to review the
serious failing in your employees and at the minimum ensure that proper discipline and decorum is added to this
persons training regimen.
Sincerely,
Clint Delisle

Birch, Greg
From:

Sent:
To:

Cc:
Subject

Birch, Greg
Thursday, May 05, 2016 5:42 PM
*TOT- Town Office; * TOT- Management Team
*TOT- Council
Mayor's request for material related to Tom Moffat tweet

Hello,
I have a request from the Mayor to obtain copies of "all the correspondence that comes to the town by email, text,
Twitter Facebook mail or any other form" regarding the concerns raised by Tom Moffat's tweet regarding Fort
McMurray. I know from talking to some of you that the public's response is coming in by email and other means to
many people in the organization although not in significant volume. Meghan Brennan is receiving the maj ority of the
'nformation-and-is-monitoring-uurrac-etroot<: andlwitter feeds, so you can ignore that material. Meghan will capture it
However, to meet the Mayor's request, if anyone else receives correspondence on this matter, please print it off and
give it to Meghan. She will collect the material.
Thank you for your assistance. I appreciate that the Mayor's request will take up some of your time, especially for those
of you in a few key positions, but I suspect that the matter will be old news in a couple of days and then be over.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this.
Sincerely,
Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Taber
4900 A- 50 Street
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403} 223-6023
Fax:
(403} 223-5530
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

Birch. Greg
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De Vlieger, Henk
Thursday, May 05, 2016 5:44 PM
Birch, Greg
*TOT - Town Office;* TOT- Management Team;* TOT- Council
Re: Mayor's request for material related to Tom Moffat tweet

Thanks Greg
Sent from my iPhone
>On May 5, 2016, at 5:42PM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
>Hello,

>
> I have a request from the Mayor to obtain copies of "all the correspondence that comes to the town by email, text,
Twitter Facebook mail or any other form" regarding the concerns raised by Tom Moffat's tweet regarding Fort
McMurray. I know from talking to some of you that the public's response Is coming in by email and other means to
many people in the organization although not in significant volume. Meghan Brennan Is receiving the majority of the
information and is monitoring our Facebook and Twitter feeds, so you can ignore that material. Meghan will capture it.
However, to meet the Mayor's request, if anyone else receives correspondence on this matter, please print it off and
give it to Meghan. She will collect the material.

>
>Thank you for your assistance. I appreciate that the Mayor's request will take up some of your time, especially for
those of you in a few key positions, but I suspect that the matter will be old news in a couple of days and then be over.

>
> Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this.

>
> Sincerely,

>
>Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP
> Chief Administrative Officer
>Town of T1bF.!r
> 4900 A - 50 Street
>Taber AB TlG lTl
>Phone: (403) 223-6023
> Fax:
(403) 223-5530

>
>Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

>
>

Birch, Greg
From:
Sent:
To:
Cc:
Subject

Birch, Greg
Thursday, May OS, 2016 5:42 PM
*TOT- Town Office;* TOT- Management Team
*TOT- Council
Mayor's request for material related to Tom Moffat tweet

Hello,

I have a request from the Mayor to obtain copies of "all the correspondence that comes to the town by email, text,
Twitter Facebook mail or any other form" regarding the concerns raised by Tom Moffat's tweet regarding Fort
McMurray. I know from talking to some of you that the public's response is coming in by email and other means to
many people in the organization although not in significant volume. Meghan Brennan is receiving the majority of the
informat1on and Is monitoring our Facebook and Twitter feeds, so you can ignore that material. Meghan will capture it.
However, to meet the Mayor's request, if anyone else receives correspondence on this matter, please print it off and
give it to Meghan. She will collect the material.
Thank you for your assistance. I appreciate that the Mayor's request will take up some of your time, especially for those
of you in a few key positions, but I suspect that the matter will be old news in a couple of days and then be over.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this.
Sincerely,
Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Taber
4900 A- 50 Street
Taber AB TlG 1T1
Phone: (403) 223-6023
Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

Birch, Greg
From:

Sent:
To:

Cc:
Subject:

Birch, Greg
Thursday, May OS, 2016 10:29 PM
De Vlieger, Henk
Birch, Greg; * TOT Council; Van Ham,. Kerry; Brennan, Meghan
Re: Correspondence request

Hi,
I do not understand how one would gather this information without asking staff to provide it. This will take time. I have
not received too many emails but to go back through my email'in' basket, 'sent' basket and 'deleted' basket, look for the
material and then print it off does take time. To collect the information you have requested will require others to do the
same, although I suspect that only a few people are affected This is just a fact of deating..with-youuequest,. - - - - - - - Changing your mind now is fine but I have already sent out the request and know that the work has started because I
have received two requests for clarification of what is to be compiled. I searched through my files and printed off mine
{current to this evening) already.
If you want to stop this initiative, please let me know by tomorrow morning. I will check my email shortly after 8:00. It is
completely up to you and the rest of Council.
Sincerely,
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber
>On May 5, 2016, at 5:46 PM, De Vlieger, Henk <mayor@taber.ca> wrote:

>
>If it takes away significant time and causes distractions please ignore my request. I will look after it my self. Thanks
Henk
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
On May 5, 2016, at 5:27 PM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
>>
11ello,

>>
I assume that you want only the material that pertains to Mr. Moffat, and we will endeavour to do that. It will be a
large volume ~iven that social media is an easy tool to use, and it will take some significant st"ff time to org'lnize and
print it off which will detract from other activities but I assume you and the rest of council understand that. Further,
some of the material may have already been deleted. Regardless, we will start to collect the information immediately.
>>
Please let me know if you really want copies of "all correspondence hat comes to the Town", not just that pertaining
to Mr. Moffat as I have assumed.
>>
On a related point, I understand that you are working independently on this issue and are seeking your own legal
counsel. If you wish to discuss your objectives or want input from me or others in the Town's administration, please let
me know.
>>

(
r Sincerely,

>>
Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Taber
4900 A - 50 Street
Taber AB TlG 1T1
Phone: (403) 223 6023
Fax:
(403} 223-5530

>>
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

>>
>>
----Original Message-- From: De Vlieger, Henk
Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2016 12:11 PM
55 To:Bfr'cn, Greg; TO'J - Council
Subject:
>>
Hi Greg please provide me with a hard copy of all the correspondence that comes to the town by email, text, Twitter
Face book mail or any other form. Also need a copy of the original tweets etc. From mr Moffatt. Thanks Henk

>>
Sent from my iPhone

Birch, Greg
From:

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Birch, Greg
Thursday, May OS, 2016 10:29 PM
De Vlieger, Henk
Birch, Greg; *TOT- Council; Van Ham, Kerry; Brennan, Meghan
Re: Correspondence request

Hi,
I do not understand how one would gather this information without asking staff to provide it. This will take time. I have
not received too many em ails but to go back through my emall'in' basket, 'sent' basket and 'deleted' basket, look for the
material and then print it off does take time. To collect the information you have requested will require others to do the
same, although I suspect that only a few people are affected. This Is just a fact of dealing with your req uest.
Changing your mind now is fine but I have already sent out the request and know that the work has started because I
have received two requests for clarification of what is to be compiled. I searched through my files and printed off mine
(current to this evening) already.
If you want to stop this initiative, please let me know by tomorrow morning. I will check my email shortly after 8:00. It is
completely up to you and the rest of Council.
Sincerely,
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber
> On May 5, 2016, at 5:46 PM, De Vlieger, Henk <mayor@taber.ca> wrote:
>
>If it takes away significant time and causes distractions please ignore my request. I will look after it my self. Thanks
Henk
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On May 5, 2016, at 5:27 PM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
>>
>>Hello,
>>
>>I assume that you want only the material that pertains to Mr. Moffat, and we will endeavour to do that. It will be a
large volume given that social media is an easy tool to use, and it will take some significant staff time to organize and
print it off which will detract from other activities but I assume you and the rest of council understand that. Further,
some of the material may have already been deleted. Regardless, we will start to collect the information immediately.
>>
>> Please let me know if you really want copies of "all correspondence hat comes to the Town", not just that pertaining
to Mr. Moffat as I have assumed.
>>
On a related point, I understand that you are working independently on this issue and are seeking your own legal
counsel. If you wish to discuss your objectives or want input from me or others in the Town's administration, please let
me know.
>>
1

4- Sincerely,
>>

Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP


Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Taber
4900 A - SO Street
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403} 223-6023
Fax:
(403) 223-SS30
>>

Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca


>>
>>
>> --Original Message----

From: De Vlieger, Henk


Sent: Thursday, May OS, 2016~1~2::1~1~P~M~----------------------------l-T~: Bh ch, G1 eg, TOI="COonc1
Subject:
>>

Hi Greg please provide me with a hard copy of all the correspondence that comes to the town by email, text, Twitter
Face book mail or any other form . Also need a copy of the original tweets etc. From mr Moffatt. Thanks Henk
>>

Sent from my iPhone

I
2

Birch, Greg
From:
Sent:

To:
Cc:
Subject:

Birch, Greg
Thursday, May OS, 2016 10:32 PM
Brennan, Meghan
Van Ham, Kerry
Mayor's Request

Hi,
Let's get together for a few minutes first thing tomorrow to discuss how best to do this. I am not anticipating the need to
print off thousands of tweets, etc.
Thanks Meghan.
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber

Birch, Greg
From:
Sent:
To:

Cc:
Subject

De Vlieger, Henk
Thursday, May OS, 2016 10:51 PM
Birch, Greg
De Vlieger, Henk; TOT - Council; Van Ham, Kerry; Brennan, Meghan
Re: Correspondence request

Hi Greg, just stop it. I do not want to overload your staff. I am getting lots of e mails now and are linked to other social
media, so I can collect it myself. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks Henk
Sent from my iPhone
> On May 5, 2016, at 10:29 PM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
~--~--------------------------------------------------

--->---

>Hi,

>
> I do not understand how one would gather this information without asking staff to provide it. This will take time. I
have not received too many emails but to go back through my email 'in' basket, 'sent' basket and 'deleted' basket, look
for the material and then print it off does take time. To collect the information you have requested will require others to
do the same, although I suspect that only a few people are affected. This is just a fact of dealing with your request.

>
> Changing your mind now is fine but I have already sent out the request and know that the work has started because I
have received two requests for clarification of what is to be compiled. I searched through my files and printed off mine
(current to this evening) already.

>
> If you want to stop this initiative, please let me know by tomorrow morning. I will check my email shortly after 8:00. It
is completely up to you and the rest of Council.

>
> Sincerely,

>
>Greg Birch
> CAO, Town of Taber
On May 5, 2016, at 5:46PM, De Vlieger, Henk <mayor@taber.ca> wrote:
>>
If it takes away significant time and causes distractions please ignore my request. I will look after it my self. Thanks
Henk

>>
Sent from my iPhone

>>
>On May 5, 2016, at 5:27PM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
>>>
>Hello,

>>>
>I assume that you want only the material that pertains to Mr. Moffat, and we will endeavour to do that. It will be a
large volume given that social media is an easy tool to use, and it will take some significant staff time to organize and
print it off which will detract from other activities but I assume you and the rest of council understand that. Further,
some of the material may have already been deleted. Regardless, we will start to collect the information immediately.

>>>
1

) >Please let me know if you really want copies of "all correspondence hat comes to the Town", not just that pertaining
to Mr. Moffat as I have assumed.
>>>
> On a related point, I understand that you are working independently on this issue and are seeking your own legal
counsel. If you wish to discuss your objectives or want input from me or others in the Town's administration, please let
me know.
>>>
> Sincerely,
>>>
> Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP
>Chief Administrative Officer
> Town of Taber
> 4900 A- 50 Street
>Taber AB TlG 1T1
>Phone: (403} 223-6023
> Fax:
{403} 223-5530
>>>
>Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca
>>>
>>>
>----Original Message---> From: De Vlieger, Henk
> Sent: Thursday, May OS, 2016 12:11 PM
>To: Birch, Greg; TOT- Council
>Subject:
>>>
> Hi Greg please provide me with a hard copy of all the correspondence that comes to the town by email, text, Twitter
Facebook mail or any other fo1 m. Also need a copy of the original tweets etc. From mr Moffatt. fhanks Henk
>>>
> Sent from my !Phone

-----------------------------------------------------------

..

Birch. Greg
From:

Sent:
To:

Cc:
SUbject

Birch, Greg
Thursday, May 05, 2016 11:29 PM
De Vlieger, Henk
Birch, Greg;* TOT- Council; Van Ham, Kerry; Brennan, Meghan
Re: Correspondence request

Hello again,
I will pass on your message to staff tomorrow morning.
Sincerely,
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber
> On May 5, 2016, at 10:50 PM, De Vlieger, Henk <mayor@taber.ca> wrote:
>
> Hi Greg, just stop it. I do not want to overload your staff. I am getting lots of e mails now and are linked to other social
media, so I can collect it myself. Sorry for the inconvenience . Thanks Henk
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
On May 5, 2016, at 10:29 PM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
>>
>>Hi,
>>
I do not understand how one would gather this information without asking staff to provide it. This will take time. I
have not received too many emails but to go back through my email'in' basket, 'sent' basket and 'deleted' basket, look
for the material and then print it off does take time. To collect the Information you have requested will require others to
do the same, although I suspect that only a few people are affected. This is just a fact of dealing with your request.
>>
Changing your mind now is fine but I have already sent out the request and know that the work has started bec~use I
have received two requests for clarification of what is to be compiled. I searched through my files and printed off mine
(current to this evening) already.

>>
If you want to stop this initiative, please let me know by tomorrow morn ing. I will check my email shortly after 8:00.
It is completely up to you and the rest of Council.
>>
>> Sincerely,
>>
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber
>>
>On May 5, 2016, at 5:46 PM, De Vlieger, Henk <mayor@taber.ca> wrote:
>>>
>>>If it takes away significant time and causes distractions please ignore my request. I will look after it my self. Thanks
Henk
>>>
1

v > Sent from my iPhone


>>>
On May 5, 2016, at 5:27 PM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
>>>>
>>Hello,
>>>>
I assume that you want only the material that pertains to Mr. Moffat, and we will endeavour to do that. It will be a
large volume given that social media is an easy tool to use, and it will take some significant staff time to organize and
print it off which will detract from other activities but J assume you and the rest of council understand that. Further,
some of the material may have already been deleted. Regardless, we will start to collect the information immediately.
>>>>
>> Please let me know if you really want copies of "all correspondence hat comes to the Town", not just that
pertaining to Mr. Moffat as I have assumed.
>>>>
On a related point, I understand that you are working independently on this issue and are seeking your own legal
counsel. If you wish to discuss your objectilles..or...wantJnput.from.me-Or-Others-ifl-the-ToWA!s-administration;-pfease-Jefo.-- - - meknow.
>>>>
>> Sincerely,
>>>>
Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP
Chief Administrative Officer
>>Town of Taber
4900 A- 50 Street
Taber AB TlG 1T1
>>Phone: (403) 223~6023
Fax:
(403) 223-5530
>>>>
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca
>>>>
>>>>
---Original Message-->> From: De Vlieger, Henk
Sent: Thursday, May OS, 2016 12:11 PM
>>To: Birch, Greg; TOT- Council
>> Subject:
>>>>
Hi Greg please provide me with a hard copy of all the correspondence that comes to the town by email, text,
Twitter Facebook mail or any other form. Also need a copy of the original tweets etc. From mr Moffatt. Thanks Henk
>>>>
Sent from my iPhone

Birch, Greg
From:
Sent:

To:
Cc:
Subject:

Birch, Greg
Thursday, May 05, 2016 11:29 PM
De Vlieger, Henk
Birch, Greg; * TOT - Council; Van Ham, Kerry; Brennan, Meghan
Re: Correspondence request

Hello again,

I will pass on your message to staff tomorrow morning.


Sincerely,
-

Greg Birch
CAO, Town ofTaber
> On May 5, 2016, at 10:50 PM, De Vlieger, Henk <mayor@taber.ca> wrote:
>
> Hi Greg, just stop it. I do not want to overload your staff. I am getting lots of e mails now and are linked to other social
media, so I can collect it myself. Sorry for the inconvenience . Thanks Henk

>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
On May 5, 2016, at 10:29 PM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
>>
>>Hi,
>>
I do not understand how one would gather this information without asking staff to provide it. This will take time. I
have not received too many emails but to go back through my email 'in' basket, 'sent' basket and 'deleted' basket, look
for the material and then print it off does take time. To collect the information you have requested will require others to
do the same, although I suspect that only a few people are affected. This is just a fact of dealing with your request.

>>
Changing your liiind now is fine but I have already sent out the request and know that the work has started because I
have received two requests for clarification of what is to be compiled. I searched through my files and printed off mine
(current to this evening) already.
>>
If you want to stop this initiative, please let me know by tomorrow morning. I will check my email shortly after 8:00.
It is completely up to you and the rest of Council.
>>
Sincerely,
>>
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber

>>
> On May 5, 2016, at 5:46 PM, De Vlieger, Henk <mayor@taber.ca> wrote:
>>>
> If it takes away significant time and causes distractions please ignore my request. I will look after it my self. Thanks
Henk
>>>
1

7
/ J> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>On May 5, 2016, at 5:27 PM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
>>>>
>>Hello,
>>>>
I assume that you want only the material that pertains to Mr. Moffat, and we will endeavour to do that. It will be a
large volume given that social media is an easy tool to use, and it will take some significant staff time to organize and
print it off which will detract from other activities but I assume you and the rest of council understand that. Further,
some of the material may have already been deleted. Regardless, we will start to collect the information immediately.
>>>>
>> Please let me know if you really want copies of "all correspondence hat comes to the Town", not just that
pertaining to Mr. Moffat as I have assumed.
>>>>
On a related point, I understand that you are working independently on this issue and are seeking your own legal
counsel. If you wish to discuss your objectives or want input from me or others In the Town's administration, please let
metmo .
>>>>
Sincerely,
>>>>
Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Taber
4900 A - SO Street
Taber AB TlG 1T1
Phone: (403) 223-6023
Fax:
(403) 223-5530
>>>>
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca
>>>>
>>>>
--Original Message-- From: De Vlieger, Henk
Sent: Thursday, May OS, 2016 12:11 PM
>>To: Birch, Greg; *TOT- Council
Subject:
>>>>
Hi Greg please provide me with a hard copy of all the correspondence that comes to the town by email, text,
Twitter Face book mail or any other form. Also need a copy of the original tweets etc. From mr Moffatt. Thanks Henk
>>>>
Sent from my iPhone

Birch, Greg
From:
Sent
To:
Subject

Birch, Greg
Friday, May 06, 2016 7:48AM
*TOT- Council
News article

Good morning,
You should all know that there is an article in the Calgary Sun regarding Tom Moffat this morning. It contains comments
from me but, as I should have know, they are not in context. I also did not say that he would keep his job. The question
was whether or not he was still employed by the town. I said he was. When asked if he would continue to be employed I
said I cannot predict the future.
n- any case, WI e much more careful in talking to external media in the future. It is obviously a very different
experience than talking to the local media.
Sincerely,
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber

Birch, Greg
From:
Sent:
To:

Cc:
Subject:

De Vlieger, Henk
Friday, May 06, 2016 8:05 AM
Birch, Greg
*TOT- Council
Re: News article

I thought there is only one spokes person for the town when there are severe issues like this to prevent these things
from happening. Henk
Sent from my iPhone
>On May 6, 2016, at 7:48AM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> w..:.:
ro:::,:t::
e.:..
: ------------------> Good morning,

>
>You should all know that there is an article in the Calgary Sun regarding Tom Moffat this morning. It contains
comments from me but, as I should have know, they are not in context. I also did not say that he would keep his job. The
question was whether or not he was still employed by the town. I said he was. When asked if he would continue to be
employed I said I cannot predict the future.

>
> In any case, I will be much more careful in talking to external media in the future. It is obviously a very different
experience than talking to the local media.

>
> Sincerely,

>
>Greg Birch
> CAO, Town of Taber

Birch, Greg
From:

Sent:
To:
Cc:
Subject:

Birch, Greg
Friday, May 06, 2016 8:16 AM
De Vlieger, Henk
Birch, Greg; * TOT - Council
Re: News article

Yes. It was a much more casual conversation than what I anticipated; a couple of simple questions. We are sending all
such calls from this point on to you.
Greg Birch
Sent from my iPhone

- -y-ArrMayO, 20'16, at 8:0s-AM;rre-vtreger, en <mayor@taber.ca> wrote:


>
> I thought there is only one spokes person for the town when there are severe issues like this to prevent these things
from happening. Henk
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
On May 6, 2016, at 7:48AM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
>>
Good morning,
>>
You should all know that there is an article in the Calgary Sun regarding Tom Moffat this morning. It contains
comments from me but, as I should have know, they are not in context. I also did not say that he would keep his job. The
question was whether or not he was still employed by the town. I said he was. When asked if he would continue to be
employed I said I cannot predict the future.
>>
In any case, I will be much more careful in talking to external media in the future. It is obviously a very different
experience than talking to the local media.
>>
>> Sincerely,
>>
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber

Birch, Greg
From:
Sent:

To:

Cc:
Subject

Birch, Greg
Friday, May 06, 2016 8:16 AM
De Vlieger, Henk
Birch, Greg; TOT - Council
Re: News article

Yes. It was a much more casual conversation than what I anticipated; a couple of simple questions. We are sending all
such calls from this point on to you.
Greg Birch
Sent from my !Phone
>On May 6, 2016, at 8:05AM, De Vlieger. Henk .smayor@taber~caw.ot.e.i - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - >
> I thought there is only one spokes person for the town when there are severe issues like this to prevent these things
from happening. Henk
>
> Sent from my !Phone

>
On May 6, 2016, at 7:48AM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:
>>
Good morning,
>>
You should all know that there is an article in the Calgary Sun regarding Tom Moffat this morning. It contains
comments from me but, as I should have know, they are not in context. I also did not say that he would keep his job. The
question was whether or not he was still employed by the town. I said he was. When asked if he would continue to be
employed I said I cannot predict the future.
>>
In any case, I will be much more careful in talking to external media in the future. It is obviously a very different
experience than talking to the local media.
>>
Sincerely,
>>
Greg Birch
CAO, Town ofTaber

Birch, Greg
From:

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Subject:

Birch, Greg
Friday, May 06, 2016 6:32 PM
*TOT- Council
Brennan, Meghan; Wannop, Devon; Busch, Barkley
May 6, 2016 Council Resolution regarding Tom Moffat

Hello,
The resolution passed by Council at its Special Meeting on Friday, May 6, 2016 was as follows:
"MOVED by Councillor Sparks that Mr. Tom Moffat be suspended until further notice pending an investigation into
comments made on social media regarding the Fort McMurray tragedy."
carried Unanimou
Sincerely,
Greg Birch
CAO, Town ofTaber

Birch, Greg
From:

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Subject

Birch, Greg
Friday, May 06, 2016 7:44 PM
Moffatt, Tom
Wannop, Devon; Busch, Barkley
Council Resolution - suspension

Hi Tom,
This is a follow-up to my telephone message left a few minutes ago.
It gives me no pleasure to tell you that at a Special Meeting this afternoon, Friday, May 6, 2016, Council adopted the
------"MOVED by Councillor Sparks that Mr. Tom Moffat be suspended until further notice pending an investigation into
comments made on social media regarding the Fort McMurray tragedy."
Carried Unanimously

--f~-~oo...
llowing..r:esolutio

Although it is not stated in the resolution, Tom, Council agreed that this would be a suspension with pay.
This must be a very trying time for you and your family, and again I point out that we have an employee assistance
program that is available to you at no cost. There are people available to talk to 24 hours a day. You likely have all of the
information you need to access the service but please feel free to call me if I can help in that regard. Also, please feel
free to call if you want to discuss the situation or require further information.
Sincerely,
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber

Birch, Greg
From:
Sent:
To:

Subject:

Moffatt, Tom

Saturday, May 07, 2016 11:15 AM


Birch, Greg
Re: Council Resolution suspension

I've received your email with information about my suspension. Please keep me informed about any further
changes or information on this issue. I may be away from home for a period in the upcoming week, but I will
have my cell phone for email or phone calls, coverage permitting.

Sent from Tom Moffatt,


anager,
Town of Taber

-------- Original message -------From: "Birch, Greg" <greg.birch@taber.ca>


Date: 2016-05-06 7:44PM (GMT-07:00)
To: "Moffatt, Tom" <Tom.Moffatt@taber.ca>
Cc: "Wannop, Devon" <DFin@taber.ca>, "Busch, Barkley" <bbusch@taber.ca>
Subject: Council Resolution- suspension
Hi Tom,
This is a follow-up to my telephone message left a few minutes ago.
It gives me no pleasure to tell you that at a Special Meeting this afternoon, Friday, May 6, 2016, Council adopted the following
resolution:
"MOVED by Councillor Sparks that Mr. Tom Moffat be suspended until further notice pending an investigation into comments made
on social media regarding the Fort McMurray tragedy."
Canied Unanimously
Although it is not stated in the resolution, Tom, Council agreed that this would be a suspension with pay.
This must be a very trying time for you and your family, and again I point out that we have an employee assistance program that is
available to you at no cost. There are people available to talk to 24 hours a day. You likely have all of the infonnation you need to
access the service but please feel free to call me if I can help in that regard. Also, please feel free to call if you want to discuss the
situation or require further infonnation.
Sincerely,
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber

Birch, Greg
De Vlieger, Henk
Monday. May 09, 2016 10:00 AM
Van Ham. Kerry
*TOT- Council; Birch. Greg; Brennan, Meghan
Re: Employee Suspension

From:

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To:
Cc:
Subject:

Kerry, you can tell people that we are doing a investigating right now, and think it is unfair to give comments until that is
completed. Henk
Sent from my iPhone
On Mav 9. 2016. at 9:5 AM, Van Ham, Kerry o::admio@.tab

Good Morning,
I had a call from Robert Fox of Montreal. He wanted to pass his comments to Council as
follows:
11

In Mr. Moffatt's social media comments, he did not mention who his employer was- it was a
singular person's opinion, done on his own time, with his own equipment. Secondly, the word
"karrnic" doesn't' mean anyone's at fault. It's a grand spiritual plan suggesting these things
happen. Mr. Fox stated that this is a really odd decision of Council. He is calling on behalf of
Tom and everyone's free speech."

Administrative Services Manager


Town ofTaber
A - 4900 SO Street
T.\UEH.
Taber AB TlG lTl
Phone: (403) 223-5519
Fax:
(403} 223-5530
Visit our website at http://www.taller.ca
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Birch, Greg
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Van Ham, Kerry


Monday, May 09, 2016 9:55 AM
* TOT - Council
Birch, Greg; Brennan, Meghan
Employee Suspension

Good Morning,
I had a call from Robert Fox of Montreal. He wanted to pass his comments to Council as follows:
"In Mr. Moffatt's social media comments, he did not mention who his employer was- it was a singular
person's opinion, done on his own time, with his own equipment. Secondly, the word "karmic" doesn't' mean
anyone's at fault. It's a grand spiritual plan suggesting these things happen. Mr. Fox stated that this is a really
odd decision of Council. He is calling on behalf ofTom and everyone's free speech."

Kerry VCM\11-lamt
Administrative Services Manager
Town of Taber
A - 4900 SO Street
r .\BER
Taber AB TlG 1T1
Phone: (403) 223-5519
Fax:
(403) 223-5530
Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca
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Birch, Greg
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Birch, Greg
Sunday, May 08, 2016 7:13 PM
*TOT- Management Team; * TOT- Town Office
Re: Mayor's request for material related to Tom Moffat tweet

Hi,
Last Thursday I sent out the email request below. This is to let you know that Mayor De Vlieger changed his mind about
this when informed about its possible implications on staff time. Therefore, please disregard the request.
Sincerely,
Greg Birch
CAO, Town ofTaber
>On May 5, 2016, at 5:42 PM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:

>
>Hello,

>
> I have a request from the Mayor to obtain copies of "all the correspondence that comes to the town by email, text,
Twitter Facebook mail or any other form" regarding the concerns raised by Tom Moffat's tweet regarding Fort
McMurray. I know from talking to some of you that the public's response is coming in by email and other means to
many peop!e in the organization although not in significant volume. Meghan Brennan is receiving the majority of the
information and is monitoring our Facebook and Twitter feeds, so you can ignore that material. Meghan will capture it.
However, to meet the Mayor's request, if anyone else receives correspondence on this matter, please print it off and
give it to Meghan. She will collect the material.
>
> Thank you for your assistance. I appreciate that the Mayor's request will take up some of your time, especially for
those of you in a few key positions, but I suspect that the matter will be old news in a couple of days and then be over.

>
> Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this.

>
> Sincereiy,

>
> Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP
> Chief Administrative Officer
>Town of Taber
> 4!.100 A- 50 Street
>Taber AB TlG 1T1
>Phone: (403) 223-6023
> Fax:
(403) 223-5530

>
>Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

>
>

Birch, Greg
From:

Sent:
To:
Subject

Birch, Greg
Sunday, May 08, 2016 7:13 PM
*TOT- Management Team;* TOT- Town Office
Re: Mayor's request for material related to Tom Moffat tweet

Hi,
last Thursday I sent out the email request below. This is to Jet you know that Mayor De Vlieger changed his mind about
this when informed about its possible implications on staff time. Therefore, please disregard the request.
Sincerely,
- ureg rrc
CAO, Town of Taber
>On May 5, 2016, at 5:42 PM, Birch, Greg <greg.birch@taber.ca> wrote:

>
>Hello,

>
> I have a request from the Mayor to obtain copies of "all the correspondence that comes to the town by email, text,
Twitter Facebook mail or any other form" regarding the concerns raised by Tom Moffat's tweet regarding Fort
McMurray. I know from talking to some of you that the public's response is coming in by email and other means to
many people in the organization although not in significant volume. Meghan Brennan is receiving the majority of the
information and is monitoring our Facebook and Twitter feeds, so you can ignore that material. Meghan will capture it.
However, to meet the Mayor's request, if anyone else receives correspondence on this matter, please print it off and
give it to Meghan. She will collect the material.

>
> Thank you for your assistance. I appreciate that the Mayor's request will take up some of your time, especially for
those of you in a few key positions, but I suspect that the matter will be old news in a couple of days and then be over.

>
>Please do not he~itate tc contact me if you have any questions about this.

>
>Sincerely,

>
>Greg Birch, RPP, MCIP
>Chief Administrative Officer
>Town of Taber
> 4900 A - 50 Street
>Taber AB TlG 1T1
>Phone: (403) 223-6023
>Fax:
(403) 223-5530

>
>Visit our website at http://www.taber.ca

>
>

Birch, Greg
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Birch, Greg
Saturday, May 07, 2016 3:53 PM
Moffatt, Tom
Re: Council Resolution - suspension

Hi Tom,
Wil1 do. Take care.
Sincerely,
eg-s
Sent from my iPhone

On May 7, 2016, at 11:14 AM, Moffatt, Tom <Tom.Moffatt@taber.ca> wrote:


I've received your email with information about my suspension. Please keep me informed about
any further changes or information on this issue. I may be away from home for a period in the
upcoming week, but I will have my cell phone for email or phone calls, coverage permitting.

Sent from Tom Moffatt,


IT Manager,
Town of Taber
-------- Original message -------From: "Birch, Greg" <greg.birch@taber.ca>
Date: 2016-05-06 7:44PM (GMT-07:00)
To: "Moffatt, Tern" <Tom.r.1offatt@taber.cn>
Cc: "Wannop, Devon" <DFin@taber.ca>, "Busch, Barkley" <bbusch@taber.ca>
Subject: Council Resolution - suspension
Hi Tom,
This is a follow-up to my telephone message left a few minutes ago.
It gives me no pleasure to tell you that at a Special Meeting this afternoon, Friday, May 6, 2016, Council adopted the
following resolution:
"MOVED by Councillor Sparks that Mr. Tom Moffat be suspended until further notice pending an investigation into
comments made on social media regarding the Fort McMurray tragedy."
Carried Unanimously
Although it is not stated in the resolution, Tom, Council agreed that this would be a suspension with pay.
This must be a very trying time for you and your family, and again I point out that we have an employee assistance
program that is available to you at no cost. There are people available to talk to 24 hours a day. You likely have all
of the infonnation you need to access the service but please feel free to call me if I can help in that regard. Also,
please feel free to call if you want to discuss the situation or require further information.
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Sincerely,
Greg Birch
CAO, Town of Taber