Rossland council restricts Laurie Charlton with resolution

Rossland city council is restricting Coun. Laurie Charlton’s interactions with city staff.

At last week’s in-camera meeting of Rossland city council, a resolution was passed restricting Coun. Laurie Charlton’s interactions with city staff.

Mayor Greg Granstrom said the resolution comes after a thorough investigation by a third party consultant and an original complaint which  goes back to February.

Granstrom said there wasn’t any choice on the part of council.

“This had to happen,” he explained. “Council is the employer and when an employee brings an allegation of harassment to the employer it’s very important that the employer investigates.”

He said council hired the independent consultant to look into allegations brought forward by staff to see if there was in fact harassment in the workplace.

The consultant’s report came back saying there was and that it needed to be dealt with.

“We went to legal counsel and received some recommendations as to how to proceed with the matter, he said. “You have to treat harassment in the workplace as a very serious matter.”

Coun. Laurie Charlton said Monday that there was actually no motion of censure.

“What council adopted the other night was some resolutions that were put forward,” Charlton said.

The resolutions were based on the report from Al Strachan, a labour consultant out of Kelowna.

Charlton said the report itself had a number of factual errors and there were some exaggerations, but noted it was nothing that significant.

“What it does is put the whole report itself in question. If he makes mistakes on these simple little things, what has he done with the rest of it?” Charlton asked. “For example, he referred to me as a chemical engineer. I’m not a chemical engineer, I’m a chemist.”

In another example Charlton cited:

“He said that I had been on council for 19 years, actually I’ve been on council for just finishing 17 years. Then he referred to the building

inspector saying that I questioned overbuilding permit that he issued. Well, yeah,” he said. “I had some questions about two or three of them, certainly not every one of them.

“So there are these gross exaggerations that are just trying to build up the case, but what it does is detract from the relevance of the report.”

Charlton said the issue originated when he wrote a letter to the editor about a garage that was built on Second Avenue on the city road allowance.

He said there had been no encroachment agreement in place and no variance permit granted to allow the owner to build a garage beyond the setback that was specified within the bylaw.

When asked what this could do to his run for re-election, Charlton said it wouldn’t hurt him, since the community has an idea of what he stands for.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

West Kootenay SPCA hopes you’ll have a heart for Cupid

Cat who tangled with a bobcat seeking a permanent home

New ‘hub’ model takes regional approach to doctor recruitment in West Kootenay

Kootenay-Boundary a provincial leader in effectively attracting doctors to work here

The Rossland Skating Club year end show

Year end show for Rossland Skating Club

Not Your Typical Sonata to entertain and support a Rossland charity

Admission proceeds will go to supporting “Cycling Without Age”

VIDEO: B.C. senior recalls ‘crazy’ wartime decision to grab bear cub from den

Henry Martens – now 96 – says he was lucky to be alive after youthful decision to enter a bear’s den

Cheapest in B.C.: Penticton gas prices dip below $1 per litre

Two stores in Penticton have gas below a dollar.

Loans or gifts? Judge rules woman must pay B.C. man back $7K

B.C. judge rules that woman must pay back more than $7,000 in advanced funds to man

VIDEO: Outpouring of worldwide support for bullied Australian boy

Australian actor Hugh Jackman said ‘you are stronger than you know, mate’

‘A horror show:’ Ex-employee shares experience at problematic Chilliwack seniors’ home

Workers are paid below industry standard at all Retirement Concepts facilities

Forest industry protests northern B.C. caribou protection deal

B.C. Mining Association supports federal-Indigenous plan

Youth-led report calls on B.C. government to create plan to end youth homelessness

There are no dedicated programs for youth homelessness at federal, provincial level, report says

Trudeau: Time for blockades to end and Indigenous leaders to work with government

Prime minister says situation in Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute is ‘unacceptable and untenable’

RCMP clarifies stance on removing officers from Wet’suwet’en territory in northern B.C.

Police say will remove officers only if hereditary chiefs keep road open to pipeline workers

Most Read