Newspaper article The Canadian Press

WorkSafeBC Probes Allegations of Bullying, Harassment at Vancouver School Board

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

WorkSafeBC Probes Allegations of Bullying, Harassment at Vancouver School Board

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WorkSafeBC investigating Vancouver School Board

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VANCOUVER - British Columbia's education minister says allegations of a toxic workplace are plaguing the Vancouver School Board and prompting an investigation by the province's health and safety agency.

Mike Bernier says in a release that serious allegations have been made about the actions of some trustees and since last week, the entire senior management team has gone on medical leave.

He says the situation is unprecedented and has created difficulties for staff, parents and students.

WorkSafeBC spokeswoman Trish Chernecki says in a statement that the agency is aware of the allegations and has launched a probe.

She says the Workers Compensation Act gives WorkSafe the authority to hold employers accountable for managing the health and safety of their workplaces, including for bullying and harassment. …

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