Arbitrator extinguishes firing for inappropriate commentsEvidence showed comments were part of joking contextBy Jeffrey Smith02/13/2017|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/13/2017 A firefighter who was dismissed for inappropriate comments to a female co-worker at a party has been reinstated with a suspension and a demotion by an arbitrator.Ryan Hamilton was a firefighter for the City of Brampton, Ont. Hired in 2001, he became captain at a Brampton station 206 in July 2013. At a September 2014 golf tournament for firefighters, Hamilton’s foursome came to the tee of a hole to which a female firefighter from station 209 was selling tickets. Hamilton joked with the female firefighter and one of his colleagues in the foursome, Kirk Swann, took a liking to her. Swann obtained the woman’s phone number and invited her to an after party, but she declined. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.