Village asked to define bullying

by EVAN MATTHEWS 

WorkSafeBC is asking Valemount’s Village Council to include definitions for harassment and bullying in its Code of Conduct Policy.

The request was formally read at Tuesday’s council meeting, and comes just a couple of months after the former corporate officer, Mark Brennan, filed complaints to WorkSafeBC against at least one other staff member.

“I had two complaints in to WorkSafeBC,” Brennan told The Goat, noting one of his claims was against a staff member no longer employed with the Village.

“However, there is still an outstanding complaint I’ve made about discriminatory behaviour from council toward me,” he says.

Council will either approve the amendments, approve the amendments while adding a few of their own, or request staff to research additional information on the subject.

When asked if the request from WorkSafeBC had anything to do with Brennan’s claims against the Village, the Village did not respond by press time.

The Village’s research and references for the amendments to the Code of Conduct uses definitions from WorkSafeBC, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Government of Ontario policy 144, according to a report written by Chief Finance Officer, Lori McNee.

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