Archive for February 3rd, 2013

Update on CBC harassment

- February 3rd, 2013

I’ve written about CBC’s issues with harassment here and spoken about them on air here.

Well I have a response to some of my questions. Conservative MP Joan Crockatt has already expressed interest in calling CBC before the Status of Women committee that is studying sexual harassment in the federal workplace. They have already heard from the RCMP, Canada Post, Corrections Canada and several unions.

Now the NDP says they are interested in hearing from CBC as well.

In addition I’ve heard back from CBC regarding questions I put to them last week. This came in after Friday’s broadcast but I did promise them I would post it here.

Currently at CBC/Radio-Canada – across the entire Corporation, all services and all locations included – we have the following number of active cases:
- 0 cases of harassment (sexual or otherwise)
- 1 case of violence in the workplace (which includes bullying)
- 1 case related to respect in the workplace (covered under our collective bargaining agreements)
- 6 cases related to disciplinary issues (which can range anywhere from unauthorized absence, to breach of journalistic policy, to unauthorized use of trademark.)
It’s worth noting that the pages released through access to which you referred in your article included all of the categories listed above, given that the information requested covered both harassment and “inappropriate behavior.”

This doesn’t answer all my questions and does not answer what kind of cases were dealt with during the time frame of the documents I received. CBC also provided some information on legal payments but that information needs clarification. I will post that when I have clarity.