A motion by two Vancouver City councillors to improve whistleblower protection for city staff has been deferred.
Adriane Carr tabled the motion, she says she’s disappointed because she didn’t think there would be hurdles.
“The motion was refereed back to staff without voting on it to conduct further consultations, specifically to consult with labor unions and labor organizations that represent staff within the city.”
A revised policy would allow staff to report wrongdoing without fear of repercussions to their job.
But Carr says a change is urgent and the city must act fast.
“They got out of having to vote on the specifics of my motion about changing the basic gust of our policy to support and enhance public confidence in the city. I have no idea where councilors stand on that and that was my concern with the referral.”
She says a delay in a vote means it could take up to a couple years before changes are made.
“The public has a much heightened awareness of concern around if the processes are fair, and is the public interest being looked after or are their partisan interest that are coming first.”
The move to improve polices comes after Global News reported a controversial land swap deal, involving the city losing out on $65-million worth of land and the city waiving development fees.