Former Calgary police chief Christine Silverberg said the RCMP needs to establish an independent third-party
investigation into allegations of sexual harassment brought forward by
a female corporal in the force.
Silverberg made the call during her remarks at the annual Democracy and
Journalism lecture held on November 10 and sponsored jointly by the
Canadian Journalism Foundation and the University of Toronto's Munk
School of Global Affairs.
"When you have an institution, such as the RCMP, I would advise a
third-party independent investigation, because otherwise the
complainant is not going to feel as though she's had a fair shake in
terms of the investigation," she said.
Silverberg added the investigator needs to have a broad mandate and the
respect of outsiders as well as the person making the allegations. "The
mandate has to provide the scope not just to investigate a single
incident of sexual harassment but a mandate to come up with
recommendations that may or may not go beyond a single incident," said
the first woman to head a major Canadian police force.
Said Silverberg: "It ought not to be relegated to somebody to deal with
as a disciplinary offence. It must be considered a priority to not only
investigate the incident and deal with that issue from an employee
relations perspective but also to ensure that systems are in place to
right what is probably a systemic issue."
After a five-year term as Chief of the Calgary Police Service,
Silverberg retired in 2000, went to law school and now practises in
For more background info, photos and links to the lecture webcast, visit
the event page.
Executives pack key issues in power weekend
A record number of media managers attended this year's Media Management Executive Education Program (MMEEP), the intensive three-day program (October 28-30) produced by the
Canadian Journalism Foundation and the Rotman School of Management at
the University of Toronto.
Twenty-six participants from across Canada listened as four of Canada's
foremost leaders in journalism launched this year's program with an
opening night session entitled "Critical Issues Facing the Industry:
The Executive's Perspective." John Macfarlane (editor of The Walrus), Trina McQueen (former president of CTV and former vice-president of CBC), Lou Clancy (editor-in-chief of Postmedia News) and Scott White (editor-in-chief of The Canadian Press) shared their insighs and
expertise in a panel discussion on industry-wide changes affecting
editorial, business and beyond.
Harvard University's Nieman Journalism Lab director Joshua Benton was the featured second-night speaker. He discussed the latest trends
in the world of journalism, from tweeting to leaking to hacking, and
their impact on the industry. Experts-in-residence John Cruickshank (publisher of the Toronto Star), Sandra Mason (CFO of The Globe and Mail), Tim Casgrain (chair of the CBC/Radio-Canada board of directors), Wilf Dinnick (president of OpenFile), Bev Topping (founder of Today's Parent), Susan Marjetti (CBC Toronto managing director) and provided real-life examples that illustrated program concepts.
The only program of its kind in Canada, the MMEEP has so far attracted
over 50 of Canada's most senior media professionals across the country.
This year's program was held at a new venue, the Kingbridge Conference
Centre in King City, ON, just north of Toronto.
The Future of News
Yes, we are exploring the murky future of journalism. J-Source quizzes
four Canadian Online Publishing Awards winners on the challenges and payoffs of creating online content and discovered why another four online gurus say it's time to focus on social media's immense opportunities. We delve into other online issues too, whether it's how best to correct inaccurate information published online or talking to the author of Participatory Journalism, a new book charting journalists' attitudes towards user participation in online newspapers.
New Start Time for CJF Forum: Reserve your seat now for Freedom (Or Not) Of Information In Canada with Federal Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault on November 22 at 7 p.m. Investigative journalist Jim Bronskill and media lawyer Paul Schabas join the panel, with veteran parliamentary reporter Hugh Winsor moderating.
Honour Bestowed on CJF Founder: Congratulations to Eric Jackman, with David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, at the ceremony to receive his Order of
Canada on November 4 for his support and leadership in the arts,
education, health care and public policy.
Calling Aspiring Photojournalists: The Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award is now open. We are accepting submissions online from people starting
out in their career. Apply now for a chance to work for six weeks at
the head office of The Canadian Press in Toronto. Deadline is January
8, 2012. ABOVE: Last year's winner Aaron Vincent Elkaim's photo of
people paying tribute to former NDP leader Jack Layton.
The Future of News: J-Source talks trade secrets with four Canadian Online Publishing
Awards winners to discover what makes top online content and discovers why a different set of four online gurus say its time to
shift focus to social media's immense opportunities.
Media Power Talk: Top executives such as Scott White, editor-in-chief at The Canadian Press, discussed key issues facing the
media industry at the annual Media Management Executive Education Program run by the CJF and the Rotman School of Management.