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B.C. Civil Liberties Association is hiring a new Executive Director

David Eby is stepping down, so the BCCLA is hiring a new Executive Director. The job posting has a long closing date (September 7, 2012). The position requires a law degree.

I’ve worked with David on several issues during his time as ED, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

Municipal police board compensation

The Board Resourcing and Development Office has ongoing opportunities to serve on municipal police boards in British Columbia. The posting includes this statement regarding compensation:

There is no remuneration for board members; they serve as volunteers.  However, Victoria and Vancouver Police Board members receive a meeting per diem as per board policy and rates.

The Vancouver Police Board posts its annual per diem report on its web site.

$200 to view the EPLEAB minutes and agendas

The Township of Esquimalt is charging $200 in access fees to look at the minutes and agendas of the (now defunct) Esquimalt Police and Law Enforcement Advisory Board. I’ll post them here when I get them. In the meantime, here is the list of municipal police boards in British Columbia who post their minutes online, for free:

Esquimalt Police and Fire Department Audits

I received this email yesterday:

Dear Mr. Bratzer:

Your June 29, 2012 e-mail addressed to the Ministry of Justice regarding your request for copies of archived Esquimalt Police and Fire Department audits, has been forwarded to the Policing and Security Programs Branch for reply.

The audit reports you are requesting have now been archived and will require a Freedom of Information (FOI) request under the FOIPP Act. More information on how to file a FOI request can be found at: For more information the FOI office can be contacted at or 250 387-1321.

We hope this information will be of assistance to you. Thank you for writing.

Policing and Security Programs Branch
Ministry of Justice
PO Box 9285, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9J7

Years ago, these audits were public documents and they were available to everyone. Now a Freedom of Information request is needed?

Friday morning family blogging

Here is my son at the Parksville water playground last weekend. You can see the Parksville Lions Club sign in the background. They have been maintaining the playground since 1985, and they added the water park in 1991. What a great organization! Thank you Lions Club for making my little boy so happy.