Mission’s mayor is fuming after he says corrections officials refused to tell him why a repeat child sex offender was placed in his community.
Randy Hawes says the unanswered questions leave families at risk.
Hawes describes a meeting as “fruitless” with Corrections B.C. when he asked the criteria by which Mission was chosen to house James Conway.
He says officials won’t say why.
“We’ve asked corrections, they won’t respond, we couldn’t really get an answer as far as what is the criterion, if it doesn’t include things like this, what does it include?”
Hawes says the corrections service told him they vetted a list of possible homes for James Conway.
He says they green-lit 14, 7 of them in Mission.
“And the rest were in other communities, and they won’t tell us where. And they will not tell us what the criterion was to eliminate some houses, and what is the criterion that makes us eligable to recieve this gift.”
Hawes says Conway won’t be in a halfway house, but rather under house arrest and watched by a man contracted by Community Living BC.
He says the location is just 40-feet away from a school bus stop.
Hawes says the city is now consulting with lawyers to plan a challenge to Conway’s placement on a question of zoning.