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Staff member's professional misconduct reason for Cape Breton non-profit's temporary closure: sources

SYDNEY, N.S. —

CornerStone Cape Breton was suddenly closed and programming halted for three days and sources say it is due to allegations against a staff member.

The non-profit is dedicated to family violence prevention and provides programming primarily to men in areas of healthy and respectful relationships. The organization's partners include Nova Scotia Department of Justice and Nova Scotia Health (mental health, addictions) and they are one of the few who provide programming for males across the province.

The Cape Breton Post has been told by more than one source with knowledge of the situation that CornerStone's George Street office was closed after the board received allegations of professional misconduct in a sexual and financial manner by the staff.

They said the board of directors is investigating and the organization has re-opened with someone else in the staff's position.

Michelle Lahey, chair of the board, confirmed CornerStone was closed for three days but was tight-lipped on other details on the advice of their legal counsel.

"In recent days, issues have been brought to the attention of the board of directors and presently we are reviewing this matter and we will speak further when we have the results of this review," said Lahey.

Lahey was unable to comment on questions regarding the staff's employment with CornerStone, the reasons for the temporary closure or if the issues they are investigating involve finances or professional conduct.

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