Security guard to keep job after Sun story

After her story ran in Sunday’s Sun, an Ottawa security guard’s paperwork is now in order and she’ll be able to keep working despite a licensing backlog by the province.

“They said it was processed, issued, and mailed out first thing this morning,” Tina Waltenbury said Monday, adding she called the ministry around 11 a.m.

“I’ll have it in the mail probably by the end of the week.”

Her security guard licence expired Monday and Waltenbury said she applied for a renewal one month ago.

The ministry of community safety and correctional services has been taking its sweet time processing the paperwork and Waltenbury, 45, was angry and upset about losing her job.

She’s been working for a security company for a year and was on social assistance before that.

Since the Sun’s story, the ministry appears to be stepping up its game, e-mailing Waltenbury a copy of her licence.

When they’re on duty, guards have to carry licences.

Waltenbury said she feels “so much better, now that I know that I’m still employed, but I still feel bad for the other guards. You know, they still have to wait.”

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