The Department of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development is investigating a ‘worker harassment complaint’ involving the Municipality of Wasaga Beach


CTV News received Friday confirmation from the Department of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development of an investigation at Wasaga Beach.

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

On August 3, the department issued six orders to the Corporation of the Town of Wasaga Beach.

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

Protesters in Wasaga Beach expressed concern outside City Hall on Friday.

The protest follows a report by CTV News two weeks ago in which Wasaga Beach Councilman Joe Belange claimed a cover-up had taken place at the highest levels of city hall.

Several dozen people were present outside City Hall on Friday to protest allegations of a cover-up by the city.

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

The alleged cover-up involves a city employee who was paid to quit her job. This after claiming that the city’s fire chief, Mike McWilliam, was harassing and abusing her after an affair between the two ended.

“We’re all angry, but we really want justice for this young woman. She lost her job. The fire chief didn’t. Council didn’t see all the details. We know that there was a cover-up,” Jeff said. Dennis, a resident of Wasaga Beach.

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

CTV News contacted Mayor Bifolchi at 1 p.m. for comment, but the mayor told her by email that she was gone for the day.

However, she posted on social media: “I wonder if the animals at the zoo are having the same thoughts as me right now. People protesting outside my office about something they know nothing about is shameful. CTV happened, let’s see if they can accurately report this time. Recognizing many people here who live in glass houses.

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