Jacques Dube apologizes for weather-spoof text sent to female colleague

Halifax's top bureaucrat is apologizing to the city's civil servants after a weather-spoof text message he sent to a female colleague sparked a harassment complaint.

In an email to municipal workers Thursday, Jacques Dube said he is sorry for his conduct and promises to be an advocate for a workplace free of harassment.

His apology stems from a text message sent on the eve of a major snow storm in February.

The message reportedly spoofs a satirical news story that first appeared in The Beaverton, a Canadian online news satire site, using violent imagery quoting people annoyed by a co-worker who loves winter.

The colleague filed a harassment complaint against Dube, sparking an independent investigation into his conduct.

Dube urged all city workers to learn from his experience and to report any inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.