Skakun Appeal to be Heard in Prince George
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Prince George, B.C. – The BC Court of Appeal will convene in Prince George in late April to hear the appeal of Brian Skakun’s conviction of breaching the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
The appeal will be heard on April 24th.
Skakun was first found guilty by a Provincial court Judge of breaching the FOIPPA for the release of a confidential report on an employee complaint about goings on at the Prince George RCMP detachment. The report made it on to the CBC’s website.
He appealed that court’s decision to the B.C. Supreme Court, but the decision was upheld.
When the BC Court of Appeal first announced it would grant leave for this appeal to be heard, Madame Justice Neilson noted the precedent setting nature of this case “I am persuaded the determination of this issue may have some broader importance as well, as it will be the first time this Court will address the role of a municipal councillor in the context of the FOIPPA, and the result of an appeal may assist in defining the scope of that legislation as it pertains to municipal officers.”
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In other words, the judge thinks that it may be bigger the Skakun and even the PG City Council .... it speaks to the very role of a member of City Council and their role in advocating for the good of the city as a whole. Skakun may not be your choice for council but he tends to consistently be near the top of the polls.
I'll take a Skakum any day.
That is a very important issue!
Do we want everything to be kept under wraps, nobody coming forward to try to assist in a bad situation when one knows about it and feels that it is a moral obligation to speak up?
I certainly prefer a person who stands up for something important compared to others who just fall in line, pretending that all is well and that it is safer not to rock the boat.
Just my opinion, of course.
How can it be said he is only self serving??? He, and probably only he, is the one who will stand up for city residents. The others are far, far at the back of the pack.
You have my total support Brian!
when this item first came out in the press Skakum said.. I DIDNT DO IT..
THen he said.. OK MAYBE I DID
THen after more investigation he finally said YES I DID DO IT.
Then he tried to get us to pay for his legal fees.
He cant be trusted.. so he fits in well with our mayor and council.
But like most political candidates, we seem to have the only option of voting for the lesser of all evils.
I think the Inspector should have been made to foot the legal bills. Too many good people were forced out of work because of one little man's actions.
That statement alone speaks Volumes about the PG electorate!
"I hope Skakun runs for mayor. He stands up for the people of PG. Would it be different if he were mayor? Perhaps.
But like most political candidates, we seem to have the only option of voting for the lesser of all evils."
People seem to forget one tiny detail...Skakum has NO idea how to run the city and if folks havent learned anything from electing Shari Green there gonna run out and vote for a man who is spouting the "man of the People" bs and saying cliched lines over and over and votes the opposite of everyone else, not cuz he thinks its the right thing to do but cuz he WANTS to be noticed and seen as the "moral voice of the people"....and if this site is any indication folks are lapping it up. Brian Skakum as Mayor of the City of Prince George, SCARY!!!!
We sure get a lot of those. The purpose of Council is to debate ideas and positions. There is little of that. When someone stands their ground, as Councillor Koelher did recently, they now get "plowed under" by the Black Queen.
In case you did not know it, the buck stops at Council and the Mayor's office. They have to do their due diligence, especially with respect to human resource matters. Harassment in the work place is far more serious than releasing documents with names intact. So one wants to make sure that there is none of that activity.
Many pairs of eyes, in that case, are better than none.
LOL .. LOL... LOL ... so which person on Council do you think has an idea of how to run the City?
Before you answer that, Knowledge88, remind yourself that the City Manager and her staff RUN the city. Council sets direction. The direction Council is supposed to set is what they feel the electorate want that direction to be.
The City Manager makes sure that the direction is followed and the operation makes it work. In fact, here work should be measured in her ability to make it work or point out that Council is setting unreasonable directions.
And Gus, has council set unreasonable directions as it relates to snow removal? I think we all know the answer to that.
BUT SURELY, in a city of 70,000+ souls, there must some who have some of, and some idea, of the skills required to have a vision and make plans based on that vision for a city that requires and deserves a well functioning City Council, Administration and City work force. That is miserable lacking today.
THEREFORE, let us all look around us for candidates who have the integrity, the dedication and the skills to be a Mayor or a Councilor. Do it soon - time is short!
But, it is obviously necessary for Council members to ensure that our tax dollars are well spent and that IS NO micro-mamagement as some say it is!
The only Council member worth keeping into 2015 is Brian.
Look around folks and find suitable candidates - not someone with a special interest agenda.
He would be foolish to give up his cushy job and run for mayor.. if he did we would soon be saying.. wow.. green was absolutly horrible..but better than skakun.. LOL
So stop crying about mismanagement and get out and vote its the only way you will get the attention of City Hall.
5 turn out
Now is you take into account all the s..t, they have to put up with, with all the whiners and complainers, that's not a lot of money,.
Anyone can bitch and bellyache (myself included) however at some point we need to do more, not the least of which is to get off our ass's and vote.
HOWEVER. Before we can vote with any inkling of intelligence, we need to understand the issues and where the various people running for office stand on the issues. This information is somewhat lacking, for a number of reasons.
1. The City, Administration, and Councillers while spouting the need for clarity, do whatever they can to ensure that a minimum amount of realistic information is given to the general public.
2. The General Public while purporting to be interested in what takes place in the City rarely do anything about it. Even to the point of writing a letter to City Hall, attending Council meetings, having a meeting with Councillors, etc; all these things are available to citizens if they care to do something.
Last but not least. We have a number of people who criticize the present Council (myself included) but do not have a good feel for what they stand for (if anything) what positions they are advocating (if any) .
So how do we know whether or not that are doing a decent job??? Do we really believe that a new group would do any better?? Lets draw these people out, and have them go on record in regards, to taxation, PAC, Land Sales, Storm Sewer levy, Gas Tax Revenue and where it will be spent, etc;
We need something to go on beside bland statements about nothing.
We need at least three people to run for Mayor, and we need a number of debates, with questions open to the public. Only then will we start to get something more specific.
Have a nice day.
Before you answer that, Knowledge88, remind yourself that the City Manager and her staff RUN the city. Council sets direction. The direction Council is supposed to set is what they feel the electorate want that direction to be."
Gus, I think its YOU thats outta touch with what really goes on at City hall. The City manager is directed (see ordered) by Shari Green to conduct whatever she sees fit. Council in fact sets nothing....it begins and ends with Shari Green and Beth James....the others may as well be dressed up mannequins at this point. Green specifically hired a former provincial manger with ZERO Municipal experience, have you ever asked yourself WHY she went out and did that?
Wow, your right, we need WAY more sneaky underhanded grandstanding and attention grabing....Skakum for MAYOR!!!
There is NOTHING APPEALING about skakum