For anyone curious about (some of) the absurdity concerning policing in BC, this is a must read. Rob continues to do excellent work investigating the lack of accountability in the governance of BC authorities, this time showing how the police continue to do end-runs around access requests pertaining to their lobbying activities.
Kudos to the mayor of Saanich for, you know, obeying BC law with regards to ubiquitous license plate surveillance technologies that have been found to violate BC law. As the mayer says,
“Certainly [Saanich police] are finding it a useful tool, but because this thing is hosted by the RCMP, who isn’t subject to this oversight, there’s a glitch there,” Leonard said.
“Until it gets sorted out, we just voluntarily suspended use.”
It’s good to see ‘voluntary’ decisions to not violate BC law. Guess now we wait and see whether the other mayors of BC take similarly strong stances.