Cubs were assessed

Casavant did not follow his senior colleagues order to shoot the bear cubs, however he did not cavalierly release them or destroy.

On the North Island Wildlife Rescue Centre story is a link to comment on questions editor John Harding raised about the rescued bear cubs by Bryce Casavant.

I wanted to make a comment that has not appeared in the social media sites about this incident.

Casavant did not follow his senior colleagues order to shoot the bear cubs, however he did not cavalierly release them or destroy.

Instead, he captured them in order to do a more rigorous assessment of their potential habituation.

If these bears were in fact habituated and deemed to be a problem after assessment they could have been euthanized, but at least they were given the opportunity for assessment. For pausing a moment to give the situation the needed reflection, Casavant acted with utmost integrity and responsibility.

While the focus of the attention has fallen on Casavant’s suspension, why does his superior who made the call to kill the bears remain in his position without suspension pending the inquiry?

What is appalling is that without the social media attention to this situation, this employee would be released of his duties with a black mark on his employment history just for thinking that maybe a life is worth fighting for if there is the chance to make a difference.

Candace LathamSurrey

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach on path to ban plastic bags

Bylaw will get legal advice prior to third reading

RDN to improve ways to deal with bylaw disputes

New system being explored that will be more efficient and effective

Hotel, restaurant and multi-use residential complex proposed for Resort Drive

Parksville could soon see more rental units, some zoned for commercial use

Inside the music: step behind the curtain at the venerable Vancouver Island Music Festival

Big Read: VIMF in the Comox Valley exemplifies the spirit of an Island summer music festival

ECHO Players’ 2018/19 season announced

Qualicum Beach theatre company to show Peter Pan musical, Enchanted April and more

BC Games: Day 3 wrap and closing ceremonies

The torch in the Cowichan Valley has been extinguished as Fort St. John gets ready to host the 2020 BC Winter Games

Police confirm girl, 8 others injured in Toronto shooting; shooter dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Why do they do it? Coaches guide kids to wins, personal bests at the BC Games

Behind the 2,300 B.C. athletes are the 450 coaches who dedicate time to help train, compete

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Lower Mainland teams battle for baseball gold at BC Games

Vancouver Coastal squeaked out a 3-2 win against Fraser Valley

The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw people signed an agreement-in-principle with the B.C. government

The signing ceremony, at the Eliza Archie Memorial School, was 25 years in the making

POLL: Do you use the bus system regularly

Question of the week, July 17

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria

There are fears the volunteers would become a target for government troops

Francesco Molinari wins British Open at Carnoustie

It is his first win at a major and the first by an Italian

Most Read