Nov. 2012: RCMP Female Continue Their Fight

Photograph of female member at RCMP 'Depot' Division

 

 

 

Over the month of November 2012, the newspapers and internet have published articles on the struggle facing female RCMP members in the past and currently.

I have provided below some of the most notable news stories.

 

 

RCMP Issues Latest Denial In Services of Harassment Of Lawsuit – VANCOUVER – The RCMP has issued its latest denial in a series of harassment lawsuits filed by female Mounties.

The latest case involves Const. Karen Katz, who has launched two lawsuits — the first alleging harassment by one of her colleagues, and a second alleging widespread harassment and abuse throughout her career on the force.  Read more

RCMP Must Weed Out Gender Bias – They haven’t been the Horsemen, strictly speaking, for nearly 40 years. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police began training their first troop of women cadets back in 1974. One of those pioneers, Beverley Busson, served a brief stint as commissioner to steer the force through a crisis a few years ago. But to this day the Mounties remain indefensibly top-heavy with male officers, and under withering fire for abuse of authority, bullying, crude sexual harassment and systemic gender bias.

Indeed, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson freely acknowledges the “harassment crisis” has “shadowed” his first year on the job. Now, as the Star’s Tonda MacCharles revealed in an exclusive report on Friday, it has brought a welcome flick of the crop from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s increasingly impatient government. Read more

RCMP Issues Latest Denial In Services of Harassment Of Lawsuit – VANCOUVER – The RCMP has issued its latest denial in a series of harassment lawsuits filed by female Mounties.

The latest case involves Const. Karen Katz, who has launched two lawsuits — the first alleging harassment by one of her colleagues, and a second alleging widespread harassment and abuse throughout her career on the force. Read more

RCMP Must Weed Out Gender Bias – They haven’t been the Horsemen, strictly speaking, for nearly 40 years. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police began training their first troop of women cadets back in 1974. One of those pioneers, Beverley Busson, served a brief stint as commissioner to steer the force through a crisis a few years ago. But to this day the Mounties remain indefensibly top-heavy with male officers, and under withering fire for abuse of authority, bullying, crude sexual harassment and systemic gender bias.

Indeed, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson freely acknowledges the “harassment crisis” has “shadowed” his first year on the job. Now, as the Star’s Tonda MacCharles revealed in an exclusive report on Friday, it has brought a welcome flick of the crop from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s increasingly impatient government. Read more

Male Leaders Miss The Point In Fighting RCMP Harassment: Goar – Gentlemen, You’re Missing The Point – The hundreds of women in the RCMP who claim they were sexually harassed on the job never asked for promotion targets or hiring quotas or any of the other bureaucratic “milestones” that Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is now demanding. They never asked RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson to bring in more female recruits or push women up the ranks faster.

What they wanted — and still want badly enough to take the RCMP to court — is a safe, harassment-free work environment. That requires a culture change, not a gender audit, statistical benchmarks or a new communications strategy. Read more

Standup To RCMP – The RCMP didn’t divulge the very real possibility that this senior officer and disgraceful cop retired on full pension.

More to the point, why does the RCMP keep dumping its trash on B.C.? Because our politicians let them. Justice Minister Shirley Bond sounded pathetically weak last May when Alberta Mounties transferred Sgt. Donald Ray to Surrey. While in Edmonton, Ray had admitted to a number of charges of disgraceful conduct, including exposing himself to a female subordinate.  Read more

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