Extra, Extra: Ghomeshi's "Culture of Fear," City Manager's Postponed Retirement, and Riding the Rails to Pearson
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Extra, Extra: Ghomeshi’s “Culture of Fear,” City Manager’s Postponed Retirement, and Riding the Rails to Pearson

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  • In July 2012, staffers at the CBC radio show Q started getting together to draft a document outlining the “unsustainable” work environment and “culture of fear” created by host Jian Ghomeshi. No mention is made of sexual harassment allegations, but the group reports that employees were often forced to work according to Ghomeshi’s “whim” and that “if we don’t do what he says, we will be punished in some way.”
  • City Manager Joe Pennachetti is still poised to retire—just not quite as soon as he’d originally planned. He was set to leave City Hall this month, but it appears mayor-elect John Tory has prevailed upon him to stay a little longer. “I felt that from the standout of a new council, but particularly a new mayor…we would all be best served if he would give some consideration to staying at City Hall,” Tory told reporters this morning. “I was delighted to receive an answer from Mr. Pennachetti that he was willing to do so.” If council approves, Pennachetti will remain in the role until April 2015.
  • When the UP Express to Pearson becomes operational in 2015, you’ll be able to ride it without worrying about pesky things like paper tickets—that’s because you’ll have the option to purchase and store tickets on your smartphone (which, of course, is never pesky).