Interviews take place for Yellowknife’s independent inquiry

Yellowknife City Hall is pictured in April 2018
Yellowknife City Hall is pictured in April 2018. Ollie Williams/Cabin Radio

The investigator leading an independent inquiry into misconduct allegations at Yellowknife City Hall conducted interviews at the city’s Explorer Hotel last week.

Cabin Radio understands Edmonton-based Dev Chankasingh spoke to a number of current and former City staff, including Doug Gillard, the municipal enforcement manager whose alleged actions are central to the inquiry.

The inquiry is designed to find out if allegations of misconduct against Gillard dating to 2014 – which include bullying, objectification of colleagues, and misuse of City security cameras – were appropriately handled at the time, and how the City can “eliminate opportunities for workplace misconduct in the future.”

Terms of reference exist for the inquiry, which is being handled by Chankasingh under the auspices of Vancouver law firm Miller Thomson, but the detail of how the inquiry is proceeding is not open to public scrutiny.



“The City can confirm that Mr Chankasingh was in Yellowknife last week. He is conducting the investigation portion of the official inquiry under the oversight of Miller Thomson LLP and as such, the City isn’t aware of exact dates and locations of his meetings,” a City spokesperson told Cabin Radio.

“Miller Thomson was provided with a list of all individuals who have sought to engage with the City for the purposes of the official inquiry.”

The City could not confirm whether Chankasingh remains in Yellowknife this week.

The inquiry, which was initially planned to last six weeks, has been under way since late May.

Chankasingh was selected for, in the City’s words, his “extensive experience in workplace harassment,” including work as an advisor to the Edmonton Police Service on workplace harassment issues.