BY CAM TUCKER, ABBOTSFORD TIMES
Armed with placards and disdain, more than 100 residents converged on Mission's Municipal Hall last night to send a message of protest to mayor and council.
Folks from Mission and Abbotsford began showing up outside the district building just after 5:30 p.m., one hour before the regular Monday council meeting was scheduled to begin.
Within minutes the front entrance was jammed with protestors, many of them saying council had lost touch with its constituents and was abusing citizens' rights.
"I think it's borderline abuse," said longtime Mission resident Susan Kleinsasser.
"Going into people's homes under suspicion of a [marijuana] grow op without a warrant . . . it seems to me as an abuse to our human rights, our civil liberties." Read more »
By Cam Tucker, The Times; With a file from the Vancouver Sun
RCMP seized the computer of Mission councillor Jenny Stevens on Monday night in relation to a breach of trust investigation, the Abbotsford-Mission Times has learned.
Stevens, as well as all members of Mission council, has been advised not to discuss why the RCMP conducted the search, but she did confirm on Wednesday that her computer was taken by police.
"The whole thing has shook me up, to put it bluntly," said Stevens.
"I can only hope that this whole thing gets sorted out as quickly as possible."
In addition to Stevens' computer, officers from Mission, Chilliwack and Surrey also confiscated three computers belonging to retired councillor Ron Taylor. Read more »
ROBERT MATAS, Globe and Mail
RCMP raided the home of a blind city councillor from Mission, B.C., seizing computers that were her “absolute lifeline” as part of an investigation into a leak of information from the local municipal hall.
Councillor Jenny Stevens was one of two people who were visited by police Monday evening. The RCMP also took away three computers from the home of former city councillor Ron Taylor.
Ms. Stevens declined to reveal why police were interested in her computers. Mr. Taylor has said police told him they were investigating a leak of information related to a bylaw on inspecting marijuana-growing operations and other issues. Read more »