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‘Significant reform’ coming to OPP union

Ontario Provincial Police


The provincial police union says it's making what it calls significant reforms to its organization.

The move by the Ontario Provincial Police Association follows a look at workplace behaviour and the use of union money by some of its former leaders.

The association commissioned an independent investigation by law firm Stikeman Elliott in March amid an ongoing investigation by the RCMP.

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The Stikeman Elliott report looks at the spending of the association's funds by a former president, a former chief administrative officer and a former vice-president.

It also says the work environment at the OPPA was repeatedly described as toxic, fear-based and marked by intimidation and bullying.

Acting association president Doug Lewis says his biggest disappointment from the Stikeman Elliott report has been the alleged behaviour of its top leaders.

The Mounties say no charges have been laid against the former leaders.

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