Throughout 2005, there were whisperings at Surrey city hall that women were being harassed by a senior manager.
A few brave women came forward and spoke with me about their experiences, and how an investigation into the allegations seemed to have disappeared.
It took me the better part of that year to discover then-mayor Doug McCallum, had restricted the scope of an external investigation to one complaint, even though more had become apparent.
That investigation, was conducted by Vancouver lawyer Richard Hamilton who expressed concerns about having its scope narrowed.
“Each of the witnesses whom I met exhibited fear of retribution as a result of providing information,” Hamilton wrote in an April 7, 2015 letter to McCallum and Surrey’s human resources department. “It would be inappropriate for me to expand upon the results of my investigation to date. However, I can say that, if the information provided to me by a number of witnesses were accepted, there would be a prima facie case that the Respectful Workplace Policy has been violated.” Read more…