What's really killing the Mounties - A Maclean's investigative report



    In the Maclean's hitting newsstands starting today: The RCMP is in ruins;
    Andrew Coyne's debut column, "Prime Ministers and their friends"; Family
    Finance Report: the 6 things you need to know; and, So Long Senate - can
    Harper fix the upper chamber? Visit www.macleans.ca for the new Family
    Finance Planning Guide and extensive background coverage of the stories
    below.

    TORONTO, Nov. 15 /CNW/ - No backup. Nasty bosses. Vicious infighting. The
kind of workplace hazards that you don't normally associate with the RCMP. Of
late, the news has been about the grave dangers of patrol-style policing, such
as the man who shot dead 20-year-old Const. Douglas Scott while he responded
to a routine drunk-driving call in the hamlet of Kimmirut, Nunavut. Like
Const. Chris Worden, killed in Hay River, N.W.T., in early October, Scott was
working alone, and the two fatalities have highlighted staffing pressures in
Canada's storied national police service that insiders say have been building
for years. "But the internal, cultural problems underlying those
difficulties," reports Maclean's, "may prove even more intractable."
    While the RCMP remains hundreds of officers shy of proper staffing
levels, unable to recruit enough young men and women to fill the seats of
police cruisers across the country, the force's senior command appears too
paralyzed by scandal and too overwhelmed by the sheer scale of its task to
properly manage, protect and discipline the members it has. The effect of this
disarray on individual Mounties has been devastating. Internal RCMP documents
obtained by Maclean's show that one in eight members are now receiving a
disability payment, in many cases in addition to their regular salaries. And
it's not simply the physical nature of the job. In 2006, 30 per cent of all
new disability pensions were granted because of psychological injury. Many
were from exposure to predictable traumas - violent crimes, car accidents,
shootings. But a growing proportion, notes the document, are from "cumulative
and prolonged stress" at work, exacerbated by "cultural factors, such as low
supervisor and co-worker support."

    Family Finance Report: The 6 things you need to know...

    How can I afford the house, the car, and the college fund? Can I handle
my debts? How much insurance is enough? What about retirement?
    Everybody's financial picture is unique. That's why there's a booming
industry in dispensing money advice. But if you're going to try to run a
household these days, there are a few basic questions everyone will run
across. Maclean's shares the answers to those questions, straight from the
experts themselves.

    So long Senate?

    Can Harper follow Hugh Segal and Jack Layton's lead and fix the upper
chamber? Don't hold your breath - it's more complicated than you'd think.  
Maclean's John Geddes reports.

    And, watch for Andrew Coyne's debut column as Maclean's national editor,
"Prime Ministers and their friends".

    About Maclean's:

    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.
Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.8 million readers with strong
investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the
fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business
and culture. Visit www.macleans.ca





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