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Union head suspended over comments

July 6, 2015, Corner Brook, N.L. - Members of the firefighters union local in Corner Brook, Newfoundland say their president has been suspended by the city for comments he made to a local newspaper.

The city announced last week that because one of their fire trucks had to be decommissioned, the Corner Brook fire department could no longer respond to calls outside the city.

Union president Peter Daniels was suspended after he criticized the city for not replacing the aging truck sooner.

Members of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1222 say the city cited an employee conduct policy as justification for the suspension.

But the members maintain that Daniels' comments were not false or defamatory.