Vancouver Park Board forestalls Supreme Court ruling

    VANCOUVER, July 22 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Park Board last night approved
minutes from the July 7 meeting that has made CUPE 15's Supreme Court
challenge unnecessary because it acknowledges that the budget passed on
April 28 was done incorrectly.
    "This is an election year so we're not surprised NPA chairperson Korina
Houghton won't publicly admit the Board's error," said Paul Faoro, CUPE 15
president. "But it's pretty obvious the Board recognized that there was a
major problem with how the operating budget was passed."
    Faoro adds, "The fact of the matter is that an operating budget of sixty
million - that contained a $346,000 cut in funding for park and facility
maintenance programs and seasonal staffing - was approved in a questionable
manner." CUPE 15 hired the legal firm of McGrady & Company to bring the matter
before the BC Supreme Court.
    But during an in-camera portion of the July 7 regular Park Board meeting,
the Board passed the motion resolving "the Board treat the reconsideration and
passing of the budget motion on April 28, 2008 as being null and void, and
reconsider the decision regarding the 2008 Operating Budget made on
February 25, 2008." The motion was put forward by Commissioner Allan De Genova
and was carried with a dissenting vote by Commissioner Loretta Woodcock.
    "We're pleased that the Board has seen the error of their ways," adds
Faoro. "This is a victory for due process and recognition of the right of the
public for open and accountable governance and quality services."

    CUPE 15 represents 5,500 workers, including 1,500 front line recreation
and community centre support staff at Vancouver Park Board.

For further information:

For further information: Paul Faoro, CUPE 15 president, (604) 202-1829;
Janet Szliske, CUPE Communications, (604) 454-7293

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