City Councillor Fined for Leaking Harassment Report

2 Jul

I hadn’t heard about the unprecedented conviction of a city counsellor under the British Columbia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act until stumbling upon the British Columbia Provincial Court’s May 24th judgement. Councillor Brian Skakun was convicted and fined $750 for disclosing information in contravention of FIPPA. The Court found Skakun leaked a harassment report to a CBC reporter. Notably, it rejected an argument that Skakun’s actions were justified based on a common law whistleblower defence.

R. v. Skakun, 2011 BCPC 98. (conviction)

R. v. Skakun, 2011 BCPC 108. (sentence)

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