Journalist Sam Cooper interviewed a City employee who is taking his employer, the City of Vancouver, to the human rights tribunal. The full story appeared in The Province on December 2, 2013 (link here).
It’s a serious allegation that a City employee may have been harassed at his workplace for his involvement in the Kensington Community Centre Association. The article makes mention of the fact that this employee was prevented from speaking to Park Board at an important meeting held on February 25, 2013. This incident apparently included direct involvement by the City Manager. There may have also been a Charter of Rights violation. There’s speculation in the article that parts of the City’s “code of conduct are constitutionally invalid.”
Was a City employee muzzled because of his political beliefs? It will be interesting to see how the Human Rights Tribunal rules on this matter.
For reference, we’ve include a link to the City’s code of conduct below:
Employees (and residents) can also report internal misconduct and there are provisions for whistleblowing, as outlined in the Code of Conduct:
Article in The Province (Sam Cooper, December 2, 2013):
Photo: Crowd at February 25, 2013 Park Board Meeting. Many speakers at this meeting urged the Park Board Commissioners to conduct consultation sessions with the public across the City on the proposed changes to the agreements with Community Centre Associations. While the consultation motion passed, the Park Board chair and the Park Board General Manager later stopped the community consultation from proceeding.