Andrzej Krauze

It's always nice to know your work was appreciated, even after you're no longer working in the office. Just three weeks after being fired for insubordination (see The Scientist Daily News for July 16, 2004) a scientist from Health Canada got a gold watch, a letter, and a framed certificate signed by the Prime Minister marking his "distinguished" 35 years of service, all delivered to his home by courier, along with some running shoes he'd left behind at the office.

Deputy Health Minister Ian Green signed the letter accompanying the certificate and watch. The letter reads in part: "Your years of service have not gone unnoticed and you have earned ... praise and respect. Please accept this special tribute as we honour you and your career. It's an acknowledgement of our sincere appreciation." Green would also have had to approve Shiv Chopra's letter of dismissal on July 14th,...

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