A Vancouver Island conservation officer who refused to kill two bear cubs in Port Hardy is no longer suspended without pay, but he’s still suspended.
The provincial government has agreed to keep paying Bryce Casavant until it’s determined whether he should be disciplined.
BCGEU President Stephanie Smith says he’s pleased his salary’s been re-instated.
“It actually puts more pressure on the employer to have that investigation happen in a very timely fashion.”
Thousands of people have signed an online petition supporting him, but there’s still a chance the eight-week old cubs will have to be killed because they’ve spent too much time around people and their mother’s already been put down.
“When the public voice their displeasure, it obviously behooves government to pay attention and certainly, this became a quite a widespread issue certainly on social media. I’m sure our conservation officer was very grateful for the support that’s being shown to him.”