The story from City Hall is that Ms. Edwards had completed minor renovations to her home without a permit. One important piece of information revealed incidentally was the City’s plan to reorganize the oversight of building inspections.
In an article in the Vancouver Courier, investigative reporter Bob Mackin revealed this (our underline):
“Community services general manager Brenda Prosken announced the resignation in a Dec. 10 staff memo that also said building and trades inspection would be transferred to Planning and Development under general manager Brian Jackson. Property use inspections, compliance coordination, licensing and animal services would remain within Community Services.”
Let’s think about this. The fact that the City will be transferring the oversight of building and trades inspection over to Planning Chief Brian Jackson should be of concern for anyone concerned about the functioning of City Hall.
Mr. Jackson will now oversee inspections of the very buildings that are approved by his department. This change will remove checks and balances that were built into the organizational structure at City Hall. The decision deserves further scrutiny, review, discussion, and rectification.
It was announced that Ms. Edwards would leave her post on December 31, 2014. Further details about the dismissal (the “voluntary resignation” according to the City) can be found in the following articles:
There was a glowing report dated 24-Jul-2012, at the time Edwards was appointed:
“In Ms. Edwards’s current role she is responsible for leadership and direction of all inspection staff who deliver inspection services, including administration and enforcement of the City’s Building By-law. Ms. Edwards is a professional engineer with excellent management and leadership experience in addition to having a good understanding of building construction and the City’s regulatory framework. As such, it is recommended that she now be appointed Deputy Chief Building Official.”
Note also that the document mentioned “the resignation of the previous Deputy Chief Building Official (Inspection Services)” (for reasons not disclosed in the paper).
The work of Ms. Edwards enforcing bylaws is mentioned in this Clifton Hotel piece:
Here are examples of her enforcing injunctive relief: