After postponing a meeting to consider censuring one of their own last month for divulging in-camera information, Central Okanagan Regional District Board directors are ready to give it another go.
A special board meeting has been called for Dec. 15 to address allegations against Central Okanagan East director Patty Hanson, that she divulged in-camera information to Okanagan Film Commission Jon Summerland earlier this year
Just before first meeting last month, the board was handed a letter from Hanson’s lawyer that prompted the board to go behind closed doors to discuss the letter. The contents of the were not revealed by the board and even Hanson was made to wait outside meeting room during the board’s discussion. That despite the fact she will be able to vote on any motion moved to censure her or impose sanctions on her.
When the board reconvened in a pubic session, Hanson was asked if she wanted her lawyer present. When she said she did, the meeting was adjourned.
Hanson is accused to telling Summerland the regional board did not see the value of the Okanagan Film Commission, a body it funds. That news caused Summerland to “fear for his livelihood,” according to a report by CORD chairwoman Gail Given.
Last month, Given said the board does not question the value of the film commission.
Hanson spoke to Summerland after attending a CORD board in-camera retreat last spring to discuss board priorities for the coming year.
While Given admitted following the first meeting last month that keeping the information from the retreat confidential was not a legal requirement, her report said on four separate occasions during the retreat board members agreed to do so.
In addition to possibly censuring Hanson, the board will also consider removing her from all CORD committees for a year, a move that would have a financial implication for Hanson, one of only two regional directors on the board. The other members are appointees from the municipal councils of Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country and Peachland.