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Victoria Police Chief Frank Elsner Investigated for inappropriate Twitter exchanges with wife of officer

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#1321 Sparky



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Posted 05 July 2019 - 02:44 PM

David Broadland of Focus Magazine is keeping the topic in the air with a well written article. It looks however that he needs the help of the privacy commissioner to remove some of the black felt pen marks to get at the truth underneath.


“Records obtained by FOI leave little doubt that Mayor Helps and Mayor Desjardins hid allegations of sexual harassment raised against Chief Elsner.”


#1322 rmpeers

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Posted 05 July 2019 - 05:30 PM

Surely the mayor's aren't trying to keep the facts from the public?? People might start to think they didn't act appropriately...

#1323 spanky123

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 09:38 AM

The other aspect of this FOI request that David briefly touched upon last month was that originally the Police Board stated that there were no emails between Helps and Desjardins as they had all been deleted. It wasn't until Focus filed another FOI act request and received emails that the Board has previously claimed were deleted that it became apparent that the original response had not been truthful. 


Apparently the Police Board has no documented records retention policy which sounds entirely inept to me. Anything they don't want the public to see they just delete and unless it gets captured inadvertently elsewhere then they won't ever be held accountable?

#1324 rmpeers

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 04:51 PM

It's a real shame we don't have a local newspaper in this city; because if we did, this would be exactly the sort of story they'd be digging into.

So much to unpack here:
How the mayor's acted in the first place.
How they acted to cover up both Elsner's action and their own.
How city staff are still tasked with the ongoing work of covering up the mayors' actions.
How taxpayers would have been spared $1 million if this hadn't been bungled so badly.
Why every other councillor was too chickens&@t to call the mayor out on knowingly covering up sexual harrassment and groping.
Why, with much of this having been revealed, did 12000 Victorians vote the mayor back in? (Option 1: they are fine with sexual harrassment. Option 2: they possess the intelligence of a rock.)
With such an ugly story uncovered, how did candidate Helps secure endorsements from former beloved Canadian icon David Suzuki, as well as from women?
I could go on, but my sense is that the metoo era completely passed this town by.
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#1325 rmpeers

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 10:38 PM

Great news. Focus Magazine's complaint to the OIPC about the heavy redactions to the Elsher docs (remember the ones that didn't exist and then the City magically found them?) has resulted in a hearing being set... in October 2020. I applaud Focus' dogged pursuit of this story, although I get that sexual harrassment isn't a big deal to many Victoria voters; it's nice to know that someone still cares.
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