RCMP

RCMP announce class action settlement details

$100 million available for sexual harassment claims, but this is not a cap, said RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson.

  • Oct. 6, 2016 5:00 a.m.

Janet Merlo, one of the first to claim sexual harassment when she worked for the RCMP, called it a good day for the RCMP. “This is the beginning of a new era, a better era.”

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson put emphasis on the confidentiality the claimants would be granted, but said they would not be held to a gag order.

Each claim will be assessed independently and given a ranking from one to six. Payments would be

“I spent 27 almost 28 years in the force,” said claimant Linda Davidson. “Commissioner Paulson, thank you. I sincerely mean that.”

“When I became an officer I became a gatekeeper of the RCMP. I will continue to watch things that develop. I will continue to stand up and right the wrongs as they occur,” Davidson said at the press conference announcing the settlement procedures.

Asked about the length of time and process took to get this far, Davidson said it was “long and difficult. It wasn’t an easy process. Anyone who denigrates, bullies, harasses their colleagues has no place in the RCMP. I do encourage women to come forward. Things are changing, we are making waves for the future. It’s 2016 and I’m as equal to anyone in this room as they are to me.”

Merlo said women from all walks of life had reached out to her. “It’s not just an RCMP thing. So many women muck through it without anywhere to turn. In the RCMP its a minority, but it’s a potent minority that does these things”

Paulson said the move has started to bring the police force “to modernity.”

 

Just Posted

Let it snow in Kelowna

Snow is in the forecast for this week

Photos: Adventuring in Stuart Park

Have you seen Friday’s edition of the Capital News? Check out the photos featured

Rutland students help less fortunate

At Rutland Senior Secondary, students are helping the homeless this holiday season

Lake Country seniors receive Christmas surprise

Hampers will be given to 20 lucky seniors in need next week

Column: Make it a green Christmas

Instead of purchasing a cuddly stuffie this year, put your money towards helping the real thing.

What’s happening

Find out about the events happening in your community this weekend

#MeToo at work: Employers play a role in fixing culture of harassment

B.C. workplaces are getting ahead of being the next MeToo debacle, calling on experts to train staff

B.C. woman brain injured in crash as a baby gets $1.1 million in damages

Trial heard the woman was 16 months old, being carried by her mother when they were both hit

Lind nets three in Rockets win; Dube and Foote named to Canada’s roster

Kole Lind returns from national junior camp to lead Rockets to victory in P.A.

Interior Health holding immunization clinic in Vernon Saturday

IH issues list of Okanagan meningococcal immunization clinics

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

VIDEO: 3 months later, rescued sea lion released back into ocean

The young animal was found in Campbell River three months ago

Annual Christmas meal held as Kelowna Gospel Mission

The meal will be held tomorrow from 12 to 6 p.m.

Most Read