UPDATE 1126 Jan 14/07: VoC used the term ‘Registered Professional Nurse’ as being represented by the acronym ‘RPN.’ The correct term is ‘Registered Practical Nurse.’ This article has been updated accordingly. VoC regrets the error, and thanks ‘Don’ for pointing out the mistake.
UPDATE 1315 EST Jan 04/07: Updates, addt’l content, incl. thank you to Jim Windle and Tekawennake news.
VoiceofCanada has received confirmation from the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) that the Timothy Sywyk employed as a nurse at a Six Nations health centre is the same person who was disciplined by the CNO in 2007 for sexually abusing a patient.
On Dec 10/07, I was contacted by Jim Windle, a reporter with the Six Nations Tekawennake news, who told me that he had investigated my statement on Dec 1/07 that Sywyk had been disciplined for patient abuse:
I have investigated your remarks through Six Nations health services branch and have come up empty. No such incident took place. I’m genuinely surprised that you would sink to that depth.
Please respond. If you have evidence of the incident you are referring to, I need to know about it. If not, consider the damage a statement like that can make on a person. That is utterly inhumane and no less sickening than the act you are accusing Sywyk of.
If you have any proof or evidence of such statements please let me know where I can see it since from time to time Sywyk does some freelance work of the Tekawennake.
Jim Windle, Dec 10/07 6:16PM
VoC sends Windle & Tekewannake documentation re Timothy Sywyk’s disciplinary hearings for abusing a patient
Between Dec 10-11/07 I sent Jim Windle two pieces of evidence to back up my statement:
I sent him a PDF of a screen capture from the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) website showing that in January 2007, a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) named Timothy Sywyk faced a disciplinary hearing which included, among other allegations, that he “Engaged in behaviour or made remarks of a sexual nature toward a patient.”
I also sent him a link to a reprint of the CNO’s findings that was originally published on their website, and then re-posted many months ago on CaledoniaWakeUpCall in which the CNO announced that Timothy Sywyk had been found guilty of ‘Professional Misconduct’ for the following reasons (bold highlighting added by VoC):
1. Sexually abused a patient, in that he engaged in behaviour or made remarks of a sexual nature toward a patient;
2. Contravened a standard of practice of the profession or failed to meet the standard of practice of the profession;
3. Abused a client verbally, physically or emotionally; and
4. Engaged in conduct or performed an act or acts relevant to the practice of nursing that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional.
VoC offers to apologize if College of Nurses of Ontario refutes allegations of patient abuse by Timothy Sywyk
Since I couldn’t contact Gary McHale myself at the time due to his bail restriction on communicating with me (now lifted), I suggested that Windle do so and ask if McHale had taken a screen capture of the CNO website page. I also suggested that he contact the CNO to verify the information. I even offered to apologize if the CNO issued a letter that specifically says Timothy Sywyk was never disciplined for sexually abusing patients, and provided my mailing address so Sywyk could send a letter of complaint to me. I wasn’t at all concerned about having to apologize since we already had the documents downloaded from the CNO website months ago.
Windle promises to contact CNO
Windle thanked me for responding, and said he’d work on getting a letter from the CNO to me ASAP. On Dec 14/07, however, I received an email from a friend containing a reprint of an article allegedly written by Windle for the Tekawennake news in which Sywyk claims that he was never disciplined for abusing patients. The ‘story’ was copied from an internet chatroom, and also said – among other things – that Sywyk had filed complaints with the Brantford Police about Mark Vandermaas and Gary McHale for spreading “the same vicious stories.”
Given the evidence I provided him, I found it hard to believe that Windle would publish such a story, so I waited to see if I would hear back from him regarding his promise to obtain a letter from the CNO. I did not hear from Windle so, on Jan 02/07, I sent a copy of the ‘story’ to him via email, and asked if he had contacted the College of Nurses of Ontario to verify the information I had sent him regarding Timothy Sywyk.
Given my interaction with Windle and the details contained in the story, I believe it to be his work, however, since I haven’t been able to verify it yet, I’m not going to quote from it, or comment on it further.
VoC receives evidence from College of Nurses of Ontario
What I didn’t tell Windle is that I had already contacted the College of Nurses of Ontario myself and received two documents from them attached to their return email dated Dec 28/07. The documents prove that the Timothy Sywyk who is now employed as a nurse at the Gane Yohs Health Centre in Ohsweken is the same person who was disciplined by the CNO in 2007 for sexually abusing a patient.
Click on the document images to see the PDF files:
a. Dec 28/07 email from College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) to VoC w/2 attached documents (see b & c below – CNO docs #1 & 2)
b. CNO document #1, supplied to VoC Dec 28/07: Public Register Report for Timothy Sywyk
Questions for the people of Six Nations
Did Tekawennake reporter Jim Windle actually contact Six Nations Gane Yohs Health Service to verify RN Timothy Sywyk’s story as he claimed to have done?
If so, and if the health centre was unawares, did they follow up on Windle’s inquiry by contacting the CNO themselves?
Did Windle contact the College of Nurses of Ontario to verify the evidence I sent him?
- Did Windle publish a story in Tekawennake in which Sywyk denies the abuse allegations and accuses McHale and me of defaming him?
The people of Six Nations deserve to know the truth about RN Timothy Sywyk
I have emailed a link to this post to Jim Windle and asked him to notify the management at Gane Yohs Health Centre. If you would like to contact them yourself, here is the contact information as per the CNO Public Register Report above:
Gane Yohs Health Centre
PO Box 220
Ohsweken, ON N0A 1A0
The sky is blue. “You’re a liar! The sky is green!”
Despite VoC’s consistent track record for accuracy and accountability during the past 1 1/2 years I do receive occasional comments from those who resent our very successful efforts at exposing the ugly face of landclaim violence. Here’s a comment, for example, from ‘Concerned’ who accused me of lying about Timothy Sywyk’s past record of abuse:
“Again, show where there was a “Patient Molested.” VOC REaders should know that you besides being a slight embelisher, your a liar. You made that statement publicly with the intent to do harm, not to be the Truth and Justice crusader that you are trying to sell to the public. BACK IT UP JACK, but you cannot, as you lied, point blankly lied to all that were in earshot, I’d say about 140 ppl, including MSM. Good show, bad move.WE await your evidence. This ought to be good.”
‘Concerned’ Dec 11/07, 5:36PM
(For the record, I asked Sywyk if he had “sexually abused any patients lately.”)
Thanks for your patience, ‘Concerned.’ It IS good when people can back up their statements with evidence, isn’t it? Too bad you can’t back up yours. I won’t hold my breath waiting for your apology.
Another attempt to rewrite history?
The simple fact is, Timothy Sywyk’s history of patient abuse was exposed long before now. As mentioned, the CNO’s discipline decision (‘c,’ above) was first published by them on their website, and reprinted on CaledoniaWakeUpCall.com on July 23/07. Anyone involved with the Caledonia issue would have been well aware of the story back then, so the sudden outrage over my statement about Sywyk seems just a little too contrived for my liking. It seems to me that someone is trying to rewrite history.
You’d think people like ‘Concerned’ would have learned by now that, unlike the violent landclaim/smokeshack thugs they support, VoC and CaledoniaWakeUpCall don’t lie.
It must be nice for the people of Six Nations to know they can rely on us to tell them the truth.
Thank you to Jim Windle and Tekawennake news for confirming ‘Timmer’s’ identity
I would like to thank Jim Windle for confirming that Six Nations nurse Timothy Sywyk RN is the same person who regularly videotapes events on behalf of the DCE/smokeshack thugs when he’s not performing his ‘nursing’ duties.
Sywyk is commonly known by the street name ‘Timmer.’ His ‘modus operandi’ is to hold his video camera down low while making disgusting insults towards non-native protesters in an attempt to provoke a response that he can record and then post on the internet, or use to try to bring charges for threatening or assaulting him. Naturally, his own provocations are left out of the video.
I wonder if Tekawennake news will continue to employ Sywyk to do freelance work for them.
As of today, Jan 04/08, I have not heard from Jim Windle regarding the evidence I sent him Dec 10-11/07 regarding Sywyk’s disciplinary record.
Mark Vandermaas, Editor
Co-founder, Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality
College of Nurses of Ontario website: www.cno.org
CaledoniaWakeUpCall.com, July 23/07: Reprint of CNO Discipline Committee decision re Timothy Sywyk