Over $1 million in fines handed out for violating COVID-19 public safety orders in BC
We are getting an idea of how many COVID-19 related violations have been handed out in our province.
In an email to CFAX 1070 BC's Department of Public Safety says between August 21, 2020 and December 31, 2021, 443 fines for violating a public safety order were handed out to owners or organizers of gatherings and events totaling $1,021,200.
Another 1,855 tickets were issued to individuals, the province did not outline the total fines of those.
42 violation tickets have been issued in regards to the vaccine card, 4 of the violations are in the Island Health Region and were issued under the COVID-19 Related Measures Act.
In total 2588 complaints have been received by Health Authorities and Liquor and Cannabis, 2023 of them have been investigated.
In total 24 closure orders were issued to businesses in BC, 2 liquor and 2 business licenses were suspended and 1 injunction was granted against a business for failing to comply with a closure order.
According to the Department of Public Safety, $601,680 in fines has not been paid that includes fines to individuals.
Unpaid files will be sent directly to collections by ICBC as soon as the initial 30-day payment or dispute period ends.
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CFAX 1070 has learned that a December 14, 2021 email sent by Victoria Councillor Ben Isitt entitled “A decade of service – and options for the future” breached the privacy of an unknown number of persons whose email addresses and personal information were improperly collected from files under the control of Red Cedar Café Association.
The City of Victoria has confirmed the existence of a fourth privacy breach involving Victoria Councillor Ben Isitt’s email access that occurred in 2020, moving back the timeline over which a series of repeated privacy breaches relating to Isitt’s email practices have taken place in 2020 and 2021.
Multiple internal investigations conducted by the City of Victoria have determined that Councillor Ben Isitt’s use of information from emails collected using his position as a councillor contravened provisions of British Columbia’s Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act during 2021.
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