The CBC’s toxic workplace exposed after arbitrator sides with fired reporter

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by Jonathan Kay

January 18, 2021

When the Winnipeg Blue Bombers won the Grey Cup on November 24, 2019, 23-year-old CBC journalist Ahmar Khan was in the thick of the crowd at Portage and Main, reporting on the celebrations. After everyone went home, he wrote up his coverage, headed back to his office, and returned the laptop computer he’d signed out. It was the last story that Khan would ever cover for the CBC.

At the time, Khan was already on thin ice because he’d just gone on a scathing Twitter bender about Don Cherry’s continued presence on Coach’s Corner. Khan’s superiors told him to delete his Tweets, which they said were unbecoming of a reporter. In the time-honoured tradition of all umbraged CBC staffers, Khan responded by leaking his boss’ admonitions to Canadaland. Khan wasn’t identified as the source, and he wasn’t punished by his employer. But his exasperated manager, Melanie Verhaeghe (remember that name), did instruct him to lay off social media for a while.

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