Google Canada man­ager shares same ‘frus­tra­tion’ as work­ers who walked out

Tech gi­ant faced job ac­tion by staff over its han­dling of sex­ual mis­con­duct cases

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Google Canada’s coun­try man­ager says she shares the same “frus­tra­tion” as the thou­sands of em­ploy­ees who staged a global walk­out at the tech gi­ant last week to protest its al­leged mis­treat­ment of women and mis­han­dling of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

Sab­rina Geremia says she feels the walk­out, which in­cluded work­ers in Toronto, Mon­treal and Water­loo, Ont., is a “dif­fi­cult episode” that she hopes it will be­come an in­dus­try “water­mark.”

Speak­ing at a lunch hosted by the Cana­dian Club in Toronto, Geremia says Google has taken a much harder line on bad be­hav­iour and that no one is more keen to solve is­sues around mis­con­duct than its CEO, Sun­dar Pichai.

Pichai has promised to col­lect feed­back from work­ers af­ter they walked out in the wake of a New York Times story that de­tailed al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct against a hand­ful of Google em­ploy­ees in­clud­ing An­droid soft­ware cre­ator Andy Ru­bin and Richard DeVaul, a di­rec­tor at Google’s X lab.

Em­ploy­ees who par­tic­i­pated in the walk­out were de­mand­ing an end to forced ar­bi­tra­tion in ha­rass­ment and dis­crim­i­na­tion cases, a com­mit­ment to end pay in­equity, pub­licly dis­closed sex­ual ha­rass­ment trans­parency re­ports, and a clear pol­icy for re­port­ing sex­ual mis­con­duct safely and anony­mously.

“It sheds a fur­ther light on why we need more di­verse per­spec­tives,” Geremia said of the walk­out. “I hope that good will come out of this.” Google Canada em­ploy­ees re­turn to work in Toronto fol­low­ing a walk­out on Nov. 1. It was part of a com­pany-wide job ac­tion.

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Le­gal cannabis holds no spe­cial ap­peal to or­ga­nized crime

An in­ter­nal gov­ern­ment memo says fed­eral of­fi­cials see no “strong pull fac­tors” for or­ga­nized crime to in­vest in le­gal cannabis over any other in­dus­try — de­spite al­le­ga­tions shady money is al­ready taint­ing the busi­ness.

The gov­ern­ment notes say pub­lic-safety and health of­fi­cials do not see crim­i­nal in­fil­tra­tion of the boom­ing busi­ness as a ma­jor threat.

The in­ter­nal notes say the use of off­shore bank ac­counts for in­vest­ing is not il­le­gal, nor The Trudeau gov­ern­ment re­cently le­gal­ized recre­ational cannabis use with the idea be­ing that no crim­i­nal can profit off il­le­gal pot trade.

was there ev­i­dence such sources were be­ing used by or­ga­nized crime to profit from the le­gal cannabis sec­tor.

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