Mayor-elect Tory Vows to Review Toronto’s Harassment Policy

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Toronto’s incoming Mayor, John Tory, has vowed to make sure that Toronto city hall is free of sexual harassment and serves as a “model” workplace. Mr. Tory explained on Wednesday that accusations laid against former CBC radio host, Jian Ghomeshi, should be treated as reminder or a wake up call to highlight that much more needs to be done to ensure employees, particularly women, can work in environments where harassment is not tolerated.

Addressing reporters at city hall, Mr. Tory stated that “we still have a lot more work to do in terms of making sure people feel comfortable coming forward when things are happening.” He alleged that “clear limits” needs to be set regarding behavior in offices and workers need to know “how they should conduct themselves.” Tory revealed his plans to consult the city’s human resources department in order to find out how many sexual harassment complaints have been filed.

All set to become the mayor of Canada’s largest city on Dec. 1, Tory alleged that he hopes that the number is less but still recognizes “that doesn’t necessarily reflect the reality because people feel very constrained about coming forward.” Tory vowed to review the city’s procedures to ensure a “comfort level” exists for people to come forward with complaints and “know with certainty that things are going to be followed up on.” He stressed that “it’s just a matter of what do you need to do to make sure this place is a model, not just an acceptable workplace, but a model.”

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