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Glen Whiffen - June 2017
Ken Harding works as a cook on the Bell Island ferry service and is required to have a marine medical certificate in order to continue working. However, due to his cancer diagnosis and subsequent chemotherapy treatment, as well as medical marijuana usage, he's been denied the certification, which means he's being barred from working.
Harding says he'd be fine stopping the use of the medical marijuana if that meant he could work, but his employer has never even requested a drug test. Harding is having a challenging time figuring out how to provide "satisfactory evidence of the stability" of his cancer if his employer is not allowing him the chance and are not heeding the recommendation of his doctor who said he was cleared to work.
Harding says, "My biggest fight right now - you might think it was cancer - but I got a fight on my hands to get back to work...I'm able to work. I can still do the job. I'm not going to lie down and just give up."
For more on Harding's determination to get back to work, click here.
Original source: www.thetelegram.com