In October 2016, the entire Vancouver School Board was reluctantly fired by the Province of BC and Education Minister, Mike Bernier. The decision came after years of battling between the board and the provincial government over having a balanced budget, which is the law in BC.
But there was more to the story. Allegations of workplace harassment so bad senior staff at the Vancouver School Board had to go on medical leave, and allegations that elected school board members were the ones who were committing the harassment.
With the board now dismissed and the headlines faded, perhaps those involved thought this story was going to go away but shortly after the dismissal, we launched a series of Freedom of Information requests with both the Vancouver School Board and Worksafe BC.
The Vancouver School Board attempted to throw us off course with a $20,000 fee request! Now both the Vancouver School Board and Worksafe BC have formally responded to us.
Watch as I show you what they had to say in addition to providing the full documents below so you can read them for yourself.
As you can see, it's essentially a roundabout way of weaselling out of handing over the information.
I’m not satisfied with those responses and neither should you, the Vancouver taxpayer, or all of our students and parents be, so we’re going to be appealing both the responses to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.
That still leaves us the question of why they’re coming up with excuses to keep these records from going public. First it was a $20,000 price tag from the VSB thinking they could scare us away, and now this.
Remember that the Vancouver School Board was controlled by Vision Vancouver, Mayor Gregor Robertson’s political party.
I’ll keep digging because many of those now dismissed school board members will be continuing their political careers, and if something unsavoury was going on at the Vancouver School Board that they were involved in or aware of, then that needs to be brought to light.