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New rules at the BC Human Rights Tribunal

The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal (BCHRT) has introduced new rules aimed at improving efficiency and the flow of complaints for both complainants and respondents. Here is a summary of the new rules, and  here are the full official rules.

Royal BC Museum board chair comments on secret employment contract

I’m a member of the Royal BC Museum. Tonight I received this email from the board chair, Suromitra Sanatani, regarding the museum CEO’s secret pre-employment contract:

Dear David Bratzer,

You may have read media stories around Professor Jack Lohman’s employment contract, which was negotiated in good faith over two and half years ago. As Board Chair, I want to be clear that Professor Lohman has the Board’s full support and that we feel very fortunate to have him leading the Royal BC Museum. He is a strong representative of the values of public service and has an impeccable record. On behalf of the Board, I am sorry that our fine organization is currently under some negative scrutiny. I want to assure you that as a public sector organization, we are committed to transparency and accountability and will do our best to properly fulfill changing policy guidelines issued by government.

We have a lot of exciting initiatives in progress under Jack’s strong leadership and I look forward to us working together to fulfill the museum’s vision.

Yours sincerely,

Suromitra Sanatani
Board Chair, Royal BC Museum

Happy Canada Day from Dave & Chris Hadfield


From an RCMP media release today:

Messages of condolences for the three members can be sent to:

The RCMP Foundation has set up the Moncton Fallen RCMP Members Memorial Fund in their memory. This is the only website where donations will be accepted.

Honour House in Vancouver

Recently I attended a RUSI presentation about Honour House. This resource is not well known in the law enforcement community.  I am posting it here in hopes that someone will benefit from it during a time of need: Honour House

Honour House Society is a refuge, a home away from home for Canadian Forces personnel, emergency services personnel and their families to stay, completely free of charge, while they are receiving medical care and treatment in the Metro Vancouver area.

These brave individuals, along with their families, sacrifice so much on a daily basis to protect our freedom and our everyday way of life. Honour House allows us the opportunity to show them that we care and how much we appreciate all that they do.

Located on a quiet tree-lined street in New Westminster, Honour House is a beautiful, fully renovated heritage home with 10 private bedrooms each with its own en-suite bathroom. The house has a large shared kitchen, living room, a media room, sun rooms and many other common spaces. The house is fully modernized and wheelchair accessible and is set in its own extensive and lovingly maintained grounds.

Honour house receives no direct funding and raises all of its operating costs through donations and fundraising. The house has one full time and one part time member of staff. Almost all of the work needed to keep Honour House running is carried out by our dedicated board of directors and our hard working team of volunteers.


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