Unexpected guest comes to BCCLA public meeting

ALONG WITH a small group of people who came out to hear the policing report from BC Civil Liberties Association executive director David Eby July 16, was an unexpected audience member.

IRIS KOTOWICH and Cleo stopped by the library to hear David Eby of the BC Civil Liberties Association give the results of his policing report to a small group of people July 16.

IRIS KOTOWICH and Cleo stopped by the library to hear David Eby of the BC Civil Liberties Association give the results of his policing report to a small group of people July 16.

ALONG WITH a small group of people who came out to hear the policing report from BC Civil Liberties Association executive director David Eby July 16, was an unexpected audience member.

Cleo the cockatoo came with Iris Kotowich and did her best to listen and give her input once in a while.

The bird posed for photos and mingled with some of the people sitting nearby her and Kotowich in the meeting room at the Terrace Public Library.

Eby was here to share the results of his policing report.

Earlier this year, the BCCLA released the report called  “Small Town Justice: a report on the RCMP in northern and rural British Columbia,” the result of a series of workshops held by BCCLA in 14 B.C. communities last summer to assess policing in the province in response to the ongoing negotiations of the provincial government with RCMP on whether to renew the RCMP contract to police the province for another 20 years when the current contract expires in 2012.

Also the BCCLA was reacting to the issue of people dying in police custody or by police officers, such as Ian Bush in Houston and Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver airport.

About a dozen people came out to hear Eby speak.