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From: André Picotte
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2016 12:01 AM
To: Alexander Butler; Ann Kurikshuk-Nemec; Chantal DesRochers; Jacob Porter; Jessica Squires; Johanna Hove; Maureen
Collins; Nathalie Pothier; Neil Burron; Nick Giannakoulis; Pamela Scholey; Sean Maguire; Simone Powell; Stephen Mullen
Subject: Special NEC Meeting
Five (5) NEC members have requested a special NEC meeting: Alex Butler, Maureen Collins, Chantal Desrochers, Stephen
Mullen and Ann Kurikshuk-Nemec. The special NEC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 15 November 2016, at 5:30 PM.
Claude Vézina lawyer sent me a letter asking me to protect Claude from Emmanuelle Tremblay. Claude alleges
that Emmanuelle called him last week to ask questions about CAPE activities and pressure him to file a complaint
against a member of the NEC. Claude felt harrassed by virtue of the fact that he is an employee of CAPE and that
Emmanuelle is his boss. His lawyer warned that Claude could file a complaint of harassment if CAPE doesn't take
measures to protect Claude.
I consulted our lawyers at Norton Rose and they sent a letter to Claude's lawer telling him that I felt very badly for
Claude, particularly given how hard Mr. Vezina has been working to manage the workplace in Emmanuelle absence and
to deal with the stresses caused by the recent events. Our lawyers offer Claude's lawyer to contact him to discuss
possible work arrangements and other options to address and possibly resolve the issues. They also sent a letter to
Emmanuelle's lawyer telling them that Claude alleges that this latest action taken by Enmmanuelle is part of a pattern of
ongoing harassment that has taken place over the past year and that Claude intends to submit a formal complaint against
Emmanuelle pursuant to the Guidelines for the Prevention and Resolution of Harassment.They asked Emmanuelle's
lawyer to engage in a discussion in order to resolve this matter informally and thereby avoid litigation and further
disciplinary measures against Emamnuelle.
In the meantime, I authorised Claude to telework from home during next week to separate him from Emmanuelle. In that
context, the NEC has to decide to whom Claude will report because he cannot for the time being report to Emmanuelle.
The NEC has also to decide if it wants to hire a workplace psychologist to help smooth things out between
Emmanuelle and the staff, including Claude, as suggested by our lawyers. Many CAPE employees are very anxious at
the prospect of Emmanuelle returning on Monday. They are afraid of retaliations and are asking for protection. By the
way, they feel that the workplace climate improved considerably during the five weeks suspension of Emmanuelle.
Another issue to decide concerns the arrangements, if any, to let the proponents and opponents of Emmanuelle to
communicate their point of view to the CAPE membership (assembly or documents sent to the members) before the