Toronto - North Bay paramedic Bill Kotsopoulos, who was suspended from his job on December 22 for refusing to comply with a mandatory flu shot, will be in court tomorrow when an injunction filed to have him return to work will be heard.
Kotsopoulos and his lawyer, Howard Goldblatt with Sack Goldblatt and Mitchell, will be at the North Bay Courthouse, 360 Plouffe St., at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday February 7. They will hold a media conference at 9:45 a.m. outside the courthouse prior to attending the injunction proceedings.
Paramedics from across the province have refused to comply with the mandatory flu shot, legislated under the Ambulance Act 2000, because they believe they should have the right to voluntary consent to a medical injection.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees, the union that represents Kotsopoulos and more than half the province’s 5,000 paramedics, has also filed a challenge in the Supreme Court to determine the constitutionality of the mandatory flu shot legislation.“I’m optimistic that the injunction will result in my getting my job back. It makes sense that my employer should follow the lead of other employers who have not suspended non-compliant paramedics, and who are waiting for the outcome of the constitutional challenge,” says Kotsopoulos who is prepared to exact stringent safety protocols when back at work.
For more information please contact:
Bill Kotsopoulos, (705) 499-2725
Howard Goldblatt, (416) 979-6411