OPP, MNR workers face probe over e-mail

Sixty OPP officers and employees are under investigation for improper use of e-mail – Ministry of Natural Resources disciplines 189 workers in same incident

Sixty members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are being investigated for exchanging racist and pornographic images with employees from the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR).

It is the result of a half-year-long investigation by the government, initially focusing on 189 employees at the MNR working in northeastern Ontario.

Six of those MNR employees – including a veteran MNR worker - have been fired, 52 suspended and 131 reprimanded.

As the investigation continues, the number of OPP employees receiving discipline is expected to grow.

The e-mails involved sexually explicit e-mails and images, and inappropriate jokes including racial slurs. In one case, a crime scene photo was altered to include a racial epithet.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union, which represents the ministry workers, says the problems are systemic and has offered to work with the MNR to help eradicate the problems.

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