Alberta Mirror

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Women firefighters urge City of Leduc to release results of department probe

Alberta

Key takeaways: 

  • ‘We hear you. It’s time for true and ongoing change,” Mayor Bob Young states.
  • Megan Wright talks at a Leduc City Council meeting on April 11.

Two females who have alleged they were bullied while working for Leduc Fire Services are demanding the city release the results of an exterior investigation into the unit.

Christa Steele and Mindy Smith have applied for a class-action suit against the City of Leduc, alleging decades of systemic harassment, bullying, prejudice, abuse, and sexual assault. 

Leduc fire chief George Clancy, who is not named in their affirmation statement, resigned the previous month. City manager Derek Pro har informed CBC News that Clancy had made a personal determination to go.

Steele revealed to CBC an email Prohar sent to staff on March 29 in which he stated that as a consequence of analysis, two fire services workers were no longer working for the city.

A firefighter and paramedic, Megan Wright, left during last week’s council meeting, alleging she too had been bullied.

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Two females who have alleged they were bullied while working for Leduc Fire Services

None of the females’ allegations have been proven in court.

At Monday’s meeting, Steele and Wright suggested the mayor and city council released the results of an independent workplace probe that Veritas Solutions worked for the city.

Steele’s child, Anika, and her buddies, Carlie Timmons and Payton May, also spoke at the meeting, questioning the mayor and council members regarding the integrity of reporting misusage allegations to management.

Steele said former investigators spent months listening to dozens of firefighters’ stories and studying hundreds of documents.

“People who have seen the news say they are explosive and obvious,” she informed the council. “Police contacted me because this conduct at the fire unit is probably criminal in nature.”

Source – cbc.ca

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