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Official Inquiry


Allegations of workplace misconduct at the City of Yellowknife dating back to 2014 have been raised publicly. The City of Yellowknife is treating these allegations seriously and has launched an official inquiry to look into them.  External Legal Counsel will conduct the official inquiry and will report to Council and the SAO with outcomes and recommendations. The City of Yellowknife will share the information coming out of the official inquiry in accordance with applicable legislation.

On January 22, 2018, Council adopted the following Motion:

That Council and SAO pursue an official inquiry conducted by an independent third party, reporting to Council and SAO, into the allegations of workplace misconduct within the municipal enforcement division that have been brought to Council’s attention as well as how those allegations were investigated, and other details surrounding those events.

And Further, that Council direct the SAO to implement a plan of action that reaffirms and upholds a positive corporate culture within the City, incorporating as appropriate any applicable findings from the inquiry.

On February 12, 2018, Council adopted the following Motion:

That Council hire Brownlee LLP to develop the Terms of Reference which will come back for Council’s review and that the official inquiry be conducted through external legal counsel which will hire the independent third party investigator.

Official Inquiry Request For Proposals - Terms of Reference

On March 26, 2018 Municipal Services Committee Meeting:

Administration advised that the RFP has been awarded to Miller Thompson, a law firm from Vancouver.

On April 23, 2018 Municipal Services Committee Meeting:

Administration advised that the methodology for the Official Inquiry will go forward in accordance with the Terms of Reference and the scope will include an investigation into whether there was inappropriate use/access of security cameras as part of the overall allegations of workplace misconduct in MED in 2014.