Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Eighteenth Newswatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Eighteenth Newswatch-

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(Sportsnet-Zaun-Fired)

Sportsnet's firing of baseball analyst Gregg Zaun comes as no surprise to some of the network's female staffers.

What they can't understand was why it took so long.

The day after the former Blue Jays catcher was fired for what the network describes as ''inappropriate behaviour and comments,'' two Sportsnet employees describe an offensive workplace environment where sexist comments are tolerated and Zaun was known as ''The Manalyst.''

Neither of the women who spoke to The Canadian Press filed complaints against Zaun.

The 46-year-old Zaun -- who played for the Blue Jays from 2004 to 2008 -- has so far not returned multiple requests for comment. (18)

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(Cda-Sexual-Harassment) (Audio: 109)

The union for Canada's T-V and film performers says it's expediting its discipline process for sexual harassment and assault complaints.

The organization behind the Toronto International Film Festival hosted a panel discussion on Friday in Toronto.

ACTRA says the union is rebranding its emergency reporting system into a Sexual Harassment and Emergency Hotline in the effort to begin investigating serious cases within 48 hours.

One moderator says having a hotline that results in immediate action is crucial given that victims of sexual harassment and assault have often had to work with their abusers while a complaint was investigated. (18)

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(Que-Neutrality-Law-Stay)

There's a temporary stay on the provision of a controversial Quebec law that prohibits citizens from receiving or giving public services with their faces covered.

A Superior Court justice has ruled Quebec cannot force people to uncover their faces until the province establishes clear guidelines under which someone can apply for a religious accommodation.

Bill 62 was passed in October and was criticized for targeting Muslim women because they are among the few people in society who wear face veils. …

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