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‘Nothing is going to change’ unless Hill harassment training made mandatory, critics say

By Samantha Wright Allen      

An online video on harassment prevention is too safe and fails to offer key examples that get to the heart of the power dynamics on the Hill, says educator Julie Lalonde.

Ottawa-based advocate Julie Lalonde said Parliament's harassment prevention training should be mandatory. Photograph courtesy of Julie Lalonde

The main tool to help educate MPs and their staff to combat harassment on the Hill is better than the nothing that existed before, but not good enough to deal with the unique challenges presented by the parliamentary environment, say advocates. A year after the harassment policy governing MPs and their staff came into effect in 2015, an annual report noted targeted training sessions had been offered, with only one given. And, given the geographic spread of potential

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