In light of the ongoing Jian Ghomeshi controversy, Toronto mayor-elect John Tory says "more needs to be done" on sexual harassment in workplaces, and plans on asking city staff for a special briefing on the issue.
Mr. Tory, who will be sworn in as Toronto's mayor in December, was asked on Wednesday about the former CBC host who is facing ongoing allegations of sexual assault and harassment.
"I think that it really just reminds us all that we still have a lot of work to do in making sure that every person – in this case, particularly women – can go to a workplace and be free of harassment," Mr. Tory said.
Mr. Tory said that he plans on asking staff for a briefing on the issue of sexual harassment at the City of Toronto, including finding out how many complaints the city has received from employees.
"I think it's a very good idea for me to find out what the state of affairs is at the moment within the knowledge of the human resources department, and see if that indicates more needs to be done. I'm certain that more needs to, but it's just a matter of what you do to make sure this place is a model – not just an acceptable workplace, but a model."
After winning last week's election, Mr. Tory has been slowly easing into his role, setting up an office at City Hall and reaching out to councillors.
He has been "in communication" with Premier Kathleen Wynne, he said, and is in the midst of setting up a call with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Mr. Tory said he plans on attending next week's Remembrance Day ceremony at City Hall – an event that Mayor Rob Ford, who is currently undergoing treatment for a rare and aggressive form of cancer, has said he will also try to attend.
Also next week, councillors are expected to submit their choices for committee roles they would like to take on. And despite intense speculation, Mr. Tory said he has yet to make any decisions.
"I have made no commitments nor have I even had very specific discussions with anyone as of yet," he said.