Firing air rifle at work merited only a warning

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Bonneville v. Unisource Canada Inc., 2002CarswellSask (Sask. Q.B.)

Bonneville disputed Unisource’s claim that it had just cause for termination and sought damages for wrongful dismissal. Bonneville had been employed by Unisource as a distribution manager for 24 years. At the same time, he was also employed by the Department of National Defence (DND) as a commanding officer of the Army Cadet Corps. Part of Bonneville’s responsibilities for the DND included training cadets which involved air rifle practice.

The allegation of just cause was based on an incident in which he fired an air rifle at targets in the Unisource warehouse. He had previously used the warehouse for training cadets, including air rifle practice. As a result of this incident being brought to the attention of management, he was suspended without pay pending an investigation. The investigation resulted in termination of his employment for cause.