Canadian radio host ‘on hiatus’ amid abuse allegations (VIDEO)

A popular Toronto radio host is ‘on hiatus’ after a former colleague filed an Ontario human rights complaint.

John Derringer, the morning show host at Q107 in Toronto, had his show’s page removed from the station’s website after a video was posted by a former colleague over the weekend. end.

The John Derringer show page no longer appears on the Q107 website.

A former employee of the station, which is owned by Corus Entertainment, Jennifer Valentyne, posted a nearly 13-minute video over the weekend about her time at the station and in the media industry, alleging harassment and abuse. sexual discrimination.

In the video, Valentyne does not directly name the station or company she worked for.

She says she started talking about being forced to work in an enclosed space where co-workers sprayed for thousands of hours. She claims to have lost her voice several times and her doctor eventually prescribed her an inhaler and steroids.

Valentyne says her complaints to management were essentially dismissed and her alleged abuser would respect her more if she handled things on her own.

“Like so many women, I endured and fell silent,” says Valentyne. “But there was one thing I just couldn’t stand: a company that was willing to put my physical health at risk.”

In a statement, Q107 said: “A few years ago Ms Valentyne shared some concerns and we took steps to review at that time. There is also a process underway with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. We have had high-profile conversations with her, have been sensitive to the proceedings, and await determination of next steps. We take these issues seriously and look forward to a resolution.

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Q107’s statement goes on to say, “Over the past two days, we have received new information about concerns in the workplace. We passed them on to our ethics and conduct team and engaged Rachel Turnpenney of Turnpenney Milne LLP to conduct an external investigation. Effective immediately, Derringer in the Morning will be suspended pending the conclusion of the investigation.

“Any concerns regarding the employee experience are of the utmost importance to us and we are committed to listening, learning and taking all appropriate action. Out of respect for the confidentiality and privacy of those involved and the formal processes underway , we will not comment on specific details.

Support pours in for Valentyne

Members of the media in Canada and the United States took to social media to support Valentyne.

Raina Douris, a radio host in the United States, said on Twitter that she was an intern at Q107 and claims she also had a bad experience with Derringer.

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