The Department of Labour, Immigration, Education and Skills Development is investigating a “worker harassment complaint” involving the Municipality of Wasaga BeachNews WAALI


CTV News received confirmation Friday of an investigation in Wasaga Beach by the Department of Labour, Immigration, Education and Skills Development.

A ministry official said he received notification on July 25 of a “worker harassment complaint” involving the community of Wasaga Beach.

On August 3, the department issued six executive orders to the Wasaga Beach City Corporation.

CTV News has not yet been informed of the purpose of the orders, but the department confirmed that its investigation is ongoing.

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Wasaga Beach protesters voiced their concerns outside City Hall on Friday.

The protest follows a story aired by CTV News two weeks ago in which Wasaga Beach Councilman Joe Belange claimed a cover-up had taken place at the top level of City Hall.

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Several dozen people demonstrated outside City Hall on Friday against allegations of a cover-up by the city.

“I’m very concerned. Coming here as a new resident and hearing what we’re hearing, I think it’s time for a change,” said Cindy Payne, who lives in Wasaga Beach.

The alleged cover-up involves a city employee who was paid to quit her job. It comes after allegations were made that the town’s fire chief, Mike McWilliam, assaulted and abused her after an affair between the two ended.

“We are all angry but we really want justice for this young woman. She lost her job. The fire chief did not. The Council has not seen all the details. We know there was a cover-up,” Wasaga Beach resident Jeff Dennis said.

Protesters marched for more than two hours, and many said they wanted Mayor Nina Bifolchi and the fire chief to resign.

CTV News reached out to Mayor Bifolchi at 1:00 p.m. for comment, but received an email from the mayor saying she was gone for the day.

However, she posted on social media: “I wonder if the zoo animals are having the same thoughts as me right now. People protesting outside my office about something they don’t know is shameful. CTV popped up, let’s see if they can accurately report this time. I recognize many people here who live in glass houses.

A confidential city memo obtained by CTV News describes how the woman feared a backlash before coming forward, knowing how well Mayor Bifolchi and the fire chief worked together. McWilliam is currently employed by the city.

“I have never seen so many scandals and mismanagement as in the past four years,” said Raymond Lauze, a resident of Wasaga Beach.


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