A bid by the Vancouver Park Board to restrict the breeding of whales and dolphins in captivity is headed to BC Supreme Court.
A legal challenge was filed this morning after the Park Board passed resolutions last month, it says were designed to add another level of oversight.
But the Aquarium CEO John Nightingale says the changes impact its ability to fulfill its mandate.
“Vancouver Aquarium rejects that a resolution this is a purely political issue, and the resolutions serve no legitimate municipal purpose and go beyond the jurisdiction of the park board.”
Nightingale says they serve no legitimate municipal purpose and are purely political.
“This is in no way saying to the Park Board we’re not working with you anymore its a technical legal question about did the Park Board cross a line with these resolutions.”
The aquarium is also rejecting the suggested oversight committee.
Nightingale says giving the reins to an external group without expertise would jeopardize its standing in the marine science community.
Park Board Chair Aaron Jasper says he’s disappointed but not surprised.
“We will vigorously defend our right and authority,” he says. “”We will proceed with implementing the bylaw changed that we approved, we will proceed with constituting an oversight committee, and we will wait for our day in court to defend out authority as a municipal government.”
Jasper disputes claims the move is “purely political.”