February 21, 2018

BC Police Complaints Commissioner loses Wu case

The B-C Police Complaint Commissioner has lost an appeal to call a public hearing into the Yao Wei Wu case of alleged police misconduct. The B-C Court of Appeal has dismissed the Commisioner's request to hold a public hearing into the Vancouver man's case. Three years ago two police officers attending a domestic dispute call mistook Wu for someone … [Read more...]

Commissioner speaks out on Community Centre plans

An NPA Park Board Commissioner is hoping the third time is the charm as she pushes for more public consultations in a dispute with community centres.  Melissa de Genova says after being ruled out of order twice, her motion asking for a series of public consultations will be debated and voted on, Monday, "Well, if they vote it down, I think … [Read more...]

Missing Women Commissioner optimistic changes are in the works

A month after making dozens of recommendations aimed at protecting the vulnerable and improving police services, BC's Missing Women Commissioner says he's been assured the work has already started.  "I'm confident that the government will move forward." But Wally Oppal admits it could take time to make his longtime wish for a regional … [Read more...]

BC’s deputy RCMP commissioner discusses poll results

BC's deputy RCMP commissioner says a recent poll of how the public perceives the force doesn't paint the whole picture. Speaking on CKNW, Craig Callens didn't directly comment on re-tweets sent from the RCMP twitter account Wednesday claiming the media "hate" the force and manufactured the story but said the force uses twitter to ensure followers … [Read more...]

Report from BC’s Missing Women Commissioner to be released Monday

The long awaited final report from BC's Missing Women Commissioner will be made public Monday. Wally Oppal spent several months reviewing the events leading up to the 2002 arrest of serial killer Robert Pickton, and why police were not able to stop him sooner. The report , which is more than 14-hundred pages long, contains recommendations aimed at … [Read more...]

Toner beats out former Parks Board Commissioner Barnes for NDP nomination

Political newcomer Matt Toner is the NDP Candidate for Vancouver-False Creek after beating out former Parks Board Commissioner Constance Barnes Saturday. Insiders say the difference was only six votes. Riding President Neil Monckton says around five hundred voting members showed up, with around half casting a ballot. "Both sides worked very hard to … [Read more...]

Privacy Commissioner limits use of Licence Plate Recognition Technology

BC's Information and Privacy Commissioner has issued a ruling that could have implications for police forces around the province. Elizabeth Denham has ruled the Victoria Police Department must make changes to its automated Licence Plate Recognition Program that uses cameras mounted on squad cars. Denham says the department must STOP sharing data … [Read more...]

New commissioner for teacher regulation named

The BC government has named its new commissioner for teacher regulation. He's a former BC Supreme Court judge. Bruce Preston gets the job of overseeing all teacher discipline hearings. He'll also consider certification appeals, plus review complaints about educator conduct or competence. In a statement, Preston says he's committed to a fair, swift … [Read more...]

Conflict commissioner steps back from BC Rail probe

Amid growing pressure, conflict commissioner Paul Fraser has excused himself from the BC Rail probe, and called in his counterpart from Saskatchewan to carry out the investigation. Last week independent MLA John van Dongen demanded a probe by the conflict commissioner, sending Fraser extensive files about whether Christy Clark was in a conflict … [Read more...]

MLA says conflict commissioner must step aside in BC Rail case

Another twist in the BC Rail saga this afternoon. Independent MLA John van Dongen is asking conflict of interest commissioner Paul Fraser to step aside from an investigation into Premier Christy Clark. This after learning that Fraser's son, John-Paul Fraser,  works for the government's communications branch. "The public is entitled to have … [Read more...]