Monthly Archives: February 2017

Public service harassment investigations only ‘scratch the surface,’ say experts (Canada)

Two recent investigations by the office of the integrity commissioner into bullying and harassment at federal government agencies only hint at the growing problem of inappropriate workplace behaviour within the public service, experts say.

In mid-February, integrity commissioner Joe Friday released a report detailing abusive behaviour by an executive at the Public Health Agency of Canada, or PHAC, toward staff.

Last week, his office published another report showing how the president and the vice-president of human resources at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, or CFIA, failed to properly investigate harassment complaints against a senior executive there.

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Calgary police receive 13 internal bullying, harassment complaints

(Canadian OH&S News) — A group of thirteen members of the Calgary Police Service (CPS) has filed complaints of bullying and harassment against their employer, according to a joint media statement that the officers sent out on Feb. 21.

Led by Constable Jen Magnus, who publicly resigned from the service after accusing colleagues of harassing behaviour in January, the group said in the statement that the CPS had “failed to provide a safe environment for certain employees, which has resulted in years of workplace bullying and harassment.”

At a police news conference on the morning of the 21st, videos of which were available in online media reports, CPS Chief Roger Chaffin told reporters that the employee complaints were “a really good opportunity for us” to address the alleged problem.

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Arizona LGBTQ students face hostility, survey says

Arizona high schools remain hostile environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students due to a lack of support and resources, according to findings from a recently released survey.

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which has administered the survey since 1999, argues that the presence of school-based supports for LGBTQ students results in lower levels of harassment and better educational outcomes.

For Arizona specifically, the report found that the vast majority of LGBTQ students regularly heard anti-LGBTQ remarks and had been victimized at school. It also found that many LGBTQ students in Arizona reported discriminatory policies or practices at their schools.

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Japan Moves to Curb LGBT Bullying

Last year, we interviewed lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth from across Japan and what we heard was harrowing: harassment and violence were common, prompting some bullied kids to drop out of school. Our report shed light on the plight of this often-silenced minority, and how even well-intentioned teachers were ill-equipped to respond to cases of LGBT bullying.

That may be about to change.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) has added LGBT-specific protections to its revised draft on the national bullying prevention policy, scheduled to be finalized in March.

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5-day deadline to report school bullying goes to Va. governor

RICHMOND — Virginia principals would be required to notify parents of bullies and their victims within five days of any report of bullying under a bill given final approval by the General Assembly Friday.

While the agreement to require the notification within five school days sailed through the Senate, it sparked debate from some House members who wanted the deadline extended.

“If my child was bullying, was being bullied, I would want to know,” responded the bill’s sponsor, Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, a Democrat representing Virginia’s 41st District.

She hopes the notifications could prevent bullying, including online.

Another delegate, Marcus Simon, said the notification could have helped him.

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