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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 Thomson, 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.

Official Inquiry - Methodology

On May 28, 2018 Municipal Services Committee Meeting:

Administration advised that Miller Thomson is proceeding with the Official Inquiry, as per the Terms of Reference established by Council.

Miller Thomson has confirmed that they have secured the services of Mr. Dev Chankasingh as the investigator for the official inquiry.  A member of the Law Society of Alberta and based in Edmonton, Mr Chankasingh specializes in labour, employment and administrative law.  He has extensive experience in workplace harassment, including having acted as Independent Legal Harassment Advisor to the Edmonton Police Service, providing advice to police and civilian employees on workplace harassment issues.

Miller Thomson advises that Mr Chankasingh has commenced phase 1 of the investigation – the review of the allegations of workplace misconduct in Municipal Enforcement Division (MED) including the 2014 investigation.

The City is advised that he is also preparing to undertake Phase 2, which is the investigation into allegations of inappropriate use/access of security cameras as part of the overall allegations of workplace misconduct in MED in 2014.  Miller Thomson expects that Mr Chankasingh will be travelling to Yellowknife in June, exact dates to be determined, to conduct in-person interviews with individuals he deems relevant. City Administration is providing him with the names of all individuals who have contacted the City on matters relating to the allegations of workplace misconduct in MED for this purpose.

On August 27, 2018, the City of Yellowknife acknowledged receipt of the findings of the Official Inquiry, undertaken by Miller Thomson. Specifically, Miller Thomson confirmed that:


  • The 2014 investigation was conducted in a sound and reasonable manner.
  • The City acted appropriately when Administration suspended use of security cameras earlier this year until the Security Camera Policy was implemented.
  • Relevant City Policies are effective. Further Miller Thomson recommended some enhancements to improve upon current policies which the City will be implementing.

Based on the finding that workplace misconduct related to security camera misuse more likely than not occurred, Administration is seeking external professional guidance on appropriate next steps. Because HR investigations are highly confidential, the City will not be commenting on any specific findings from the official inquiry.

 Official Inquiry - Miller Thomson Report