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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the mysterious harassment complaint against an ndp mp , seems odd as its unclear if an official complaint was even filed with the ndp ? yet he was suspended from his duties )

NDP’s Weir has no knowledge of any new harassment allegations against him

By The Canadian Press. Published on Feb 22, 2018 4:56pm


Federal NDP MP Erin Weir says he remains in the dark about any specific allegations of harassment against him, despite the party’s deadline for complaints having come and gone.

“I do not know of any specific complaint against me,” Weir told The Canadian Press in an email on Thursday. “I am, of course, eager for the investigation to proceed in a timely fashion and to learn the nature of any allegations.”

The Saskatchewan MP was temporarily suspended from his duties earlier this month after caucus colleague Christine Moore alleged that Weir had engaged in harassing behaviour towards women, including party staff members.

While Moore said she had not personally experienced anything untoward, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh deemed the allegations serious enough to suspend Weir and launch a third-party investigation.

Any would-be complainants were given until Feb. 20 to report the incident to the investigator, University of Ottawa law professor Michelle Flaherty.

The NDP won’t reveal whether any complaints were received.

“The deadline for the investigator to collect information was Tuesday,” NDP spokeswoman Sarah Andrews said in an email.

“Based on what she has collected, she will work on her report. Until that is ready, I do not have any further information.”

Andrews would not say when Flaherty’s report is expected to be complete.

Moore sent an email to all NDP MPs on Jan. 30 that alleged a number of women had complained to her about harassing behaviour from Weir, who had just announced his intention to run for the position of caucus chair.

Singh responded by suspending Weir and announcing a third-party investigation, even though Moore said she herself had not personally experienced any harassment by her caucus colleague.

Weir has protested his innocence, and in an interview with CTV’s Power Play, said Moore’s complaint hit him like a bolt out of the blue, adding: “It feels like it might have been politically motivated.”

While he acknowledged that Moore’s email put Singh in a difficult position and that any allegation of harassment needs to be investigated, Weir did question the fairness of being publicly named in the absence of a specific complaint.

Weir, 35, a former economist with the United Steelworkers union, was first elected in 2015 in the riding of Regina-Lewvan.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( well I disagreed with his re entry into the pc leadership race , I don't disagree with his decision to sue CTV news for this story )

Former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown sends notice of libel to CTV News

Brown accuses CTV of 'false, malicious, irresponsible and defamatory' reporting

CBC News · Posted: Feb 24, 2018 7:38 AM ET | Last Updated: an hour ago

Ontario PC Leadership candidate Patrick Brown, seen on Feb. 20, had indicated he planned on suing CTV News. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

Former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown sent a notice of libel to Bell Media, the parent company of CTV News, late Friday night, CBC News has learned.

Brown resigned his leadership post abruptly on Jan. 24 hours after a report emerged in which he was accused of sexual misconduct by two women dating back to when he was a federal MP in the Barrie, Ont., area.

Howard Winkler, among the team representing Brown, confirmed that CTV had received notice.

Brown in his suit alleges CTV engaged in "false, malicious, irresponsible and defamatory" reporting on its national newscast as well as its news website. The suit names the CTV Television Network, its parent Bell Media Inc., as well as several journalists, some named and some unknown, who worked on the stories.

Brown denied the accusations from the outset and was allowed to enter the party's leadership contest earlier this week.

The former Opposition leader, who had been kicked out of party caucus by interim leader Vic Fedeli, will contest the party's leadership race along with Caroline Mulroney, Christine Elliott, Doug Ford and Tanya Granic Allen.

CTV 'stands by its reporting'

In mid-February, it was reported that one of the women, who accused Brown of trying to force her to perform oral sex on him, had revised some details of her story outlining her allegations against Brown.

She originally said she was in high school and under the legal drinking age at the time when they met at a bar on the night in question, but later said she was in fact out of high school and older than the legal drinking age.

"In the court of public opinion and among the many journalists I've spoken to, these allegations are now seen for what they are — fictitious and malicious," Brown wrote in a Facebook post when that revision was made public.

The woman's lawyer dismissed it as a "collateral matter" and said she "stands by the truth of the core allegation."

In his libel claim, Brown denies engaging in sexual misconduct or providing alcohol to someone under the age of 19. Brown is demanding an apology and retraction from CTV News.

In a brief statement issued early Saturday, CTV acknowledged it has received the notice.

"CTV News stands by its reporting and will actively defend its journalism in court," it said.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( Paul Bliss is no longer with CTV , sort of wondered what happened to him after he had been accused of sexual misconduct but appears his career with ctv did not survive the scandal )

Paul Bliss no longer with CTV following sex misconduct claims

Paul Bliss

Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, March 6, 2018 3:29PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, March 6, 2018 3:59PM EST

TORONTO -- A prominent CTV News reporter who was suspended after a woman made sexual misconduct allegations against him is no longer with the company, Bell Media said Tuesday.

A spokesman for the company confirmed the departure of Paul Bliss but refused to provide further details.

"We don't comment on the specifics of individual employee matters," Scott Henderson said in an email to The Canadian Press.

Bliss did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The allegations against him have not been verified by The Canadian Press.

The veteran reporter, who worked at CTV's bureau at the Ontario legislature, was suspended in late January hours after the publication of a blog post containing allegations by Bridget Brown, who describes herself as a Calgary-based entrepreneur and former CTV employee.

Henderson, Bell Media's vice president of communications, said at the time that Bliss had been suspended pending an investigation in light of the allegations.

In the blog post titled "MeToo in Canadian Broadcasting," Brown detailed an alleged sexual incident involving an unnamed CTV reporter in the spring of 2006. She said she had reached out to the reporter she had met at a party a few weeks earlier to ask if he wanted to get coffee with her.

The reporter "suggested instead I come to his office after his shift," Brown wrote, which she did.

After showing her around, they ended up in his office where, she said, he started kissing her and pushing on the top of her head. She said she told him she wasn't interested and that he then allegedly performed a sex act in front of her.

Brown wrote that she had kept silent about the alleged incident for 12 years but had finally decided to go public in light of the .MeToo movement of women coming forward with stories of sexual harassment and after reading about the resignation of Ontario's Progressive Conservative leader amid sexual-misconduct allegations against him.

Brown refused to discuss the situation on Tuesday.

"I don't think I have anything to say about it at this time," Brown said.

Bliss's biography on CTV's website had described him as a "veteran reporter ... and occasional anchor for CTV Toronto." It said he has won 13 awards for his reporting, including the Edward R. Murrow International Award for Best News Series.

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