Human rights museum costs swell while staff leave

CMHR President & CEO Stuart Murray hosts Igor Girenko, Russian Embassy to Canada. (SUPPLIED)

CMHR President & CEO Stuart Murray hosts Igor Girenko, Russian Embassy to Canada. (SUPPLIED)

TOM BRODBECK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:42 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Staff at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights may be dropping like flies, but don't worry. CMHR brass are replacing them as fast as -- or faster than -- they're leaving.

The museum is expected to hit a record 80 employees within the next several weeks, even though the taxpayer-funded facility won't be open for at least another two years.

Museum officials have had to explain why 37 employees -- about half their staff -- have, over the past four years, either been fired, chosen to quit or did not have their contracts renewed.

In responding to reports some disgruntled staff have left because of a poisonous work environment -- and because of complaints about watered-down museum content that will now ignore some past human atrocities -- CMHR CEO Stuart Murray released this statement on Friday:

"We have a very challenging job to carry out on a very demanding timeline. I cannot afford to carry any staff who are not 100% committed to this project and our vision for it."

The payment is calculated by multiplying their average bi-weekly pay by the number of years since 1992 that they've been in office.


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