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    Senior Member chuckufarlie's Avatar
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    Q107's John Derringer on hiatus due to HR complaint.

    I know you guys not anywhere near the GTA probably won't know of Q107 and John Derringer, although he has hosted on a few radio stations in the past 30 years or so.

    I almost never listen to radio anymore, but when I am in a work truck I often tune to Q107. For the past three weeks I've been wondering where the Derringer morning show went, is he on vacation?

    I found out today... he is the subject of an HR complaint for abusive behaviour and something about vape-boxing the studio so has been placed on hiatus. Just in case anyone else was wondering.

    https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/toronto-r...host-1.5916687

    Toronto radio personality 'on hiatus' after human rights complaint filed by former co-host

    Toronto radio host John Derringer has been placed 'on hiatus' after former colleague Jennifer Valentyne posted a lengthy video on social media over the weekend alleging harassment and gender discrimination within the workplace.

    In the nearly thirteen-minute-long video, Valentyne doesn’t name specific companies or individuals, but details events in which she says she was the victim of verbal abuse, gender discrimination and workplace harassment, along with having her physical health jeopardized. She also claims to have previously filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

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    “What would you do if a co-worker screamed at you, belittled you, called you names, shut you out, brought you to tears, and then laughed when he told you to cry all you want? That he didn’t feel one bit sorry for you, and let you know with utter conviction that if you went to HR, they would choose him?” Valentyne starts the video by saying.

    “Would you take a dream job working as a radio host if you knew you would be working with a co-host with accusations of prior abusive behaviour towards women and that you would also be exposed to two, sometimes three men vaping in an enclosed room for four hours a day with no ventilation? Would you complain about it?” she continues.

    In a statement sent to CTV News Toronto, Corus Entertainment, the company that owns Q107, confirmed they have received complaints from Valentyne.

    “A few years ago, Ms. Valentyne shared certain concerns and we took action to review at that time. There is also a process underway with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. We have had mediated conversations with her, been responsive to proceedings, and we are waiting determination of next steps,” the statement said.

    They also said they would be launching an external investigation into the alleged incidents and Derringer in the Morning would be put on hiatus pending the results of the investigation.

    “Over the past two days we have received new information about workplace concerns. We have referred these to our ethics and conduct team,” the company said.

    CTV News Toronto reached out to Derringer for comment but did not receive a response.

    In Valentyne’s video, she says she was encouraged to remain silent about the alleged abuse and that she did so, until her physical health was put at risk.

    “Like so many women, I have put up and shut up,” she said. “But there was one thing I just couldn’t put up with: a company that was willing to put my physical health in jeopardy.”

    She said she was forced to breathe vape smoke in close quarters for thousands of hours, lost her voice two times and was eventually prescribed an inhaler and steroids.

    Valentyne said she presented her concerns to upper management, but that ultimately, nothing was done. She said she believes her decision to complain led to her being fired.

    SUPPORT FROM FORMER COLLEAGUES
    Former colleagues and coworkers have expressed support for Valentyne since she made the allegations.

    Supriya Dwivedi, former host of Global News' The Morning Show 640 AM from 2016 to 2020, told CTV News Toronto Tuesday she witnessed Valentyne visibly upset over incidents involving Derringer on multiple occasions.

    "It always feels good to see a friend and a former colleague stand up for themselves," Dwivedi said when reached over the phone. "I know that Jen wasn't alone, and I hope she gets what she intended out of this, some sort of closure or actual justice."

    She also said she was aware that employees were vaping in the studio Valentyne worked in.

    On Twitter, Dwivedi said "any claims from management or other senior media [people] that they had no idea this was going on are BS."

    “We all knew what Jenn was dealing with in that studio,” she wrote.

    Also on Twitter, former John Derringer co-host Maureen Holloway wrote, "This is brave and true. I back Jennifer up 100 percent.”

    The Derringer in the Morning landing page on q107.com was offline as of Monday.

    Valentyne told CTV News Toronto she is not launching any legal action against Corus Entertainment.
    We have no rights in Canada. That was proven over and again during the Covid-19 pandemic. Forget about what you are allowed to do; just do whatever you need to do. The government has lost all consent to govern.

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    I haven't listened to Q107 since the Scruff Connors days and the shit he got in for his anti-CHUM Ghostbusters parody.

    Well - maybe a bit after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaidheal View Post
    I haven't listened to Q107 since the Scruff Connors days and the shit he got in for his anti-CHUM Ghostbusters parody.

    Well - maybe a bit after that.
    Apparently Derringer worked with Scruff, I wasn't in the GTA in those days so I didn't listen:

    During a broadcast at Toronto's MOJO Radio on 16 November 2001, Connors and co-host John Derringer joked about obtaining a job at a multicultural radio station. The duo called Fairchild Radio only to receive a voice mail message, at which point Connors proceeded to speak around the recording with a phony Chinese accent. The Executive Director of the Chinese Canadian National Council complained to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) charging that the broadcast was racist. The CBSC ruled that this incident did not breach the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Code of Ethics regarding "abusive or discriminatory" material, although the dialogue could be considered in questionable taste.
    We have no rights in Canada. That was proven over and again during the Covid-19 pandemic. Forget about what you are allowed to do; just do whatever you need to do. The government has lost all consent to govern.

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    For the most part, I haven't lived in the GTA since 2--6, but I sure remember Scruff and Derringer. This could be serious. There's a big difference between a complaint to HR and a human rights complaint. There's also a big difference between someone filing a complaint, and the human right commission actually moving forward with it. If the human rights commission actually proceeds with the case, it's a done deal. They really only proceed with cases that are already decided. If you ever find yourself standing in front of a human rights tribunal, understand this...it's already over. They've already found you guilty. Now it's just a matter of listening to your side so they can decide just how big of a chainsaw they're going to ram up your a........
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    For the most part, I haven't lived in the GTA since 2006, but I sure remember Scruff and Derringer. This could be serious. There's a big difference between a complaint to HR and a human rights complaint. If the human rights commission actually proceeds with the case, it's a done deal. They really only proceed with cases that are already decided. If you ever find yourself standing in front of a human rights tribunal, understand this...it's already over. They've already found you guilty. Now it's just a matter of listening to your side so they can decide just how big of a chainsaw they're going to run up your a........ I haven't followed what's gone on for the past 5 or 6 years, but up until that point, they had a 100% conviction rate. If you were in front of the tribunal, you were already guilty.
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