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October 26th Council / Workplace Harassment Update

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

The motion from October 20 went in front of City Council.

Deputy Mayor Ward re-introduced the second amendment that had failed the previous week, and the motion passed by all who voted (once again, Mike McCann did not vote – although he was still present in the meeting, and did not declare a pecuniary interest).

The wording of what was added to the initial motion is:

4. That external legal counsel be retained to provide advice to General Committee on alternative actions and related risks regarding the matter discussed in confidential Staff Report HRS002-20 and that this information on alternative action and related risks only be circulated to members not directly associated with the matter.

5. That an external party(s) with expertise in human resources and municipal law be retained to review staff's handling of the complaint as outlined in confidential Staff Report HRS002-20 with a report back to General Committee on possible changes to policy and procedures on how complaints are dealt with in the future.

6. That the City's Integrity Commissioner be consulted by City staff on the choice of the external parties in paragraphs 4 and 5 and that City Council approve the choice.

Councillor Jim Harris also added the following amendment:

That City staff and City Council be encouraged to participate in the national survey on workplace harassment and violence, “Respect in the Workplace” being conducted by the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children at Western University.



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