Qathet regional district director Gisborne threatened with sanctions

The qathet regional district (qRD) board of directors will review the censorship and sanctions against the director of electoral zone B, Mark Gisborne, at its meeting on January 27.

At a special meeting of the qRD board on January 6, the director and chairman of the board of directors of electoral zone A, Patrick Brabazon, reported, after seeking legal advice, dated 31 December 2021, comments made by Gisborne during the planning committee meeting on November 9. . Brabazon, in his report, said the planning meeting’s agenda included recommendations for zoning bylaws for the Random Road and Douglas Bay Road neighborhoods. Brabazon said that under the proposed regulations, the production and sale of cannabis, commercial use and industrial use in these neighborhoods would be banned.

Brabazon, in his report, said that during the Douglas Bay Road bylaw debate, Gisborne offered an explanation of the zoning principles involved as an attempt to “regulate racial and economic diversity” and “to prevent minorities racial and ethnic… to settle in the neighborhood. “

Brabazon said Gisborne referred to a Wikipedia article for his explanation and Gisborne edited the article to support his claims.

The council chairman added that a Douglas Bay Road resident associated with a petition calling for the zoning bylaw was watching the meeting and was upset enough to write to council. He said in his letter, Marcie Mehaffey advised that “accusing citizens… of racist intent… felt personal, mean and out of place. “

Brabazon said he submitted to the board that Gisborne’s comments at the planning committee meeting about “building a wall … safe in their little bubble” would be seen as malicious, demeaning and intimidating, and as an attack on residents of Random Quartiers Road and Douglas Bay Road.

“Therefore, his comments contravene the articles of Part I of the code of conduct and will contribute to the erosion of public confidence in this local government,” Brabazon said. “I submit to the board of directors that the words of Director Gisborne as to the origin of the zoning principles, when it was a question of regulating commercial and industrial uses in the neighborhoods, contravene articles two and three of the part two of the code of conduct, and are indeed personal attacks on Ms. Mehaffey and others involved in the creation of the petition. I accept that these comments are indeed indecent, demeaning and insulting.

In a censorship resolution, Brabazon indicated that qRD wishes to publicly censor Gisborne for his “inappropriate comments” and apologizes sincerely to the Regional District for the impact of these actions on residents and the community. He also said the board expects Gisborne to adopt a very professional attitude to his work, comments and debates, and to adhere to the requirements of the code of conduct and show due respect. to other directors, qRD staff and the public.

Brabazon has proposed three sanctions, which will be debated and voted on at the January 27 board meeting. The first is that Gisborne be removed from the rotating post of vice-president. The second is that Gisborne is denied financial assistance for his participation in the Annual General Meetings of the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM), the Electoral Forum and Local meetings. Government Leadership Academy. The third sanction is that the sanctions take effect immediately and expire with the end of qRD’s mandate in October 2022, unless they are lifted earlier.

Brander introduces a sanction

The director of electoral zone C, Clay Brander, introduced a fourth sanction. It read: that the board of directors include in the committee of the whole of the agenda of June 16, 2022 the examination of the lifting of all sanctions against the director Gisborne.

Brander said he appreciated the work done on the report and thanked Brabazon for taking the time to prepare it.

He said conditions around the council table have deteriorated. He added that Brabazon’s report identifies some specific violations of the code of conduct and also includes evidence of continued behavior that should not be tolerated by the board, staff or the public.

“Given the limited resources available to the Board of Directors to deal with code of conduct issues, and given that the actions taken after Director Gisborne’s first censorship investigation did not have a significant effect on his behavior, ”added Brander,“ I have to support the motion before us today in the hope that changes will occur, to allow all of us to work together for the betterment of the community, and not to be hassled by these types of distractions.

Brander said his addition included the possibility of lifting the sanctions so that Gisborne could attend the UBCM conference, paid for by qRD.

“I hope that changes can occur to allow us to operate smoothly and efficiently, which I believe we all want,” said Brander. “I ask for your support for this motion and offer my support to Director Gisborne, if he chooses to work with us, to help us get to the point of returning to the important work of local government.”

The board voted to support Brabazon’s recommendations, with the addition of Brander, with opposition from Gisborne. The recommendations will go to the January 27 qRD board meeting for sanction, with Gisborne having an opportunity to speak to the motion at that meeting. This is the second time that Gisborne has faced sanctions and censorship from the board.

Gisborne asked if the board would receive Brabazon’s report. Brabazon said chief executive Al Radke has indicated the board will not receive him. Gisborne then said the president’s report did not appear to be questionable. No debate on the report took place.

Prior to Brabazon’s report there was a delegation from Tom Read and letters from Vanessa Adams and Alex Valderrabano, all of whom indicated their support for Gisborne. Brabazon said in both cases a motion to respond to the letters was in order. The council voted that letters be sent to both authors.

Carol N. Valencia