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Posted on Thursday January 18, 2018


Recent media coverage concerning allegations about workplace behaviour at the City of Yellowknife in 2014 and before paints a disturbing picture of the City’s work environment. The corporate culture portrayed through these allegations is toxic. It is important to note that those allegations date back to 2014 and underwent due process. Based on findings from a third party investigation and legal advice, the City took action.

Through this week’s media coverage, separate allegations have been made that City staff misused City security cameras. Since 2014, there have been no complaints raised regarding the misuse of security cameras. However, due to the fact that the possibility of this behavior does exist, the City has taken immediate steps to deactivate all public security cameras, effective immediately. The public security cameras will not be reactivated until a comprehensive public policy guiding use of security cameras is developed and put into place. The City would also like to reassure residents that there has never been security cameras located at the Ruth Inch Memorial Pool.

The City takes feedback and complaints from our residents and staff very seriously. The City encourages any individual with concerns regarding inappropriate behavior to contact the City so that we are able to take action. Unfortunately, accusations made in the media do not provide the City with an opportunity to investigate and make improvements.

Individuals who have concerns to raise are asked to bring these forward to the City Administrator, Sheila Bassi-Kellett at sbassi-kellett@yellowknife.ca or by mail to 4807 52nd Street, PO Box 580, Yellowknife NT, X1A 2N4

The City is fully committed to ensuring a safe, comfortable and diverse work environment where all individuals, regardless of sex, race, colour, religion, gender, or sexual identity or orientation, are treated fairly and equally.

For more information
Iman Kassam
Communications & Economic Development Officer
(867) 920-5600