Ontario ombudsman report details harassment complaints against city staff

Story and photos by Chris Kirkham and Brenda Fuhrmann. National Post reporter Joshua Pramis wrote the story. It’s been seven months since Tanya Park was named commissioner of the Ontario ombudsman’s office and tasked…

Ontario ombudsman report details harassment complaints against city staff

Story and photos by Chris Kirkham and Brenda Fuhrmann. National Post reporter Joshua Pramis wrote the story.

It’s been seven months since Tanya Park was named commissioner of the Ontario ombudsman’s office and tasked with investigating allegations of sexual harassment in municipal governments. The report released on Monday has been seized upon by the Park administration as a vindication of their actions and better collaboration within the city’s ranks.

The report says allegations made in an anonymous letter sent to the city indicated a culture of “sketchy attitudes and general disrespect” around sexual harassment. The report says the city was aware of at least one instance where the city manager allegedly told one staff member about oral sex she had. One allegation detailed another employee who was asked to ask colleagues for dates, but who refused.

Read more at the National Post.

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