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The policy allows for substracting mileage, depending on how it is applied.
I wish I had such magick superpowers that I could just ignore all written policy presented to me, type something out completely opposite and it be true.
You just can't accept you're in the wrong even when it's given to you in black and white. This isn't a critical studies class where you can reinvent the meaning of words.
Most people are expected to be working from the office (again, outside Ottawa). The only fair way to apply the policy is to reimburse mileage from the “permanent workplace” to the appointment.
Go write the TB about it getting the policy changed then because that is certainly not what it says.
FWIW, when I was working from home, in the letter allowing me to work from home, it was specific that I was not to be reimbursed anything above and beyond what I would normally be allowed to claim if I was working from the office, including any extra TD costs.
People write letters and make-up policies they don't have the authority to write or make-up all the time. That's not a good thing so stop following in their footsteps.
"You need to write a memo to have a beard in this unit."
"You need a weekend leave pass to travel outside the geographical area in this unit."
"You can't wear your toque if you aren't wearing gloves in this unit."
"You can't wear your toque and gloves with a rain jacket in this unit."
"You can't wear your fleece as an outside layer in this unit."
If you can’t see that the OP is already afforded a significant financial advantage over their colleagues, by not having to drive to work every day probably, $100 a week, and you think that only paying mileage from base to appointment the odd time is unfair, not sure what else to say.
Like I said, I'm being objective, I'm not here to judge the OP just speak to the policy. I must have missed the part in the CFTDTIs where it says you can reduce someone's entitlement because they're on MELs and you think they've got it too good. Perhaps you can reference it for me.
How do you even know the appointment is even in the same direction of the base? For all you know he's in between the two locations and they're subtracting the mileage anyway. They quoted CBI's for a TD trip for Christ's sake, shows how competent they are.
Also, how do you know he didn't pick a house directly by an LRT that goes near base and paid $70/month for it, but the appointment is nowhere near the LRT station so driving makes infinitely more sense? I have a vehicle and I bought a house right next to the LRT so I can use it to zip downtown for $70/month instead of commuting.
CFTDTIs make all this easy since they use the "direct route" it covers everyone in any circumstance - except the circumstance where someone goes on a power trip and decides "the shortest, practical road distance between two points" includes a 20km detour to Base so you can screw them around. And don't tell me if you have an appointment or flight at 0800 they are making you drive to base and leave from base for the appointment.
You're blinded by your biases and "the way it's always been," incapable of reading the policy for what it says.