GlobalTV provides more of their interview with Dave McLellan (video)
CityCaucus.com broke the story on January 28th that Vancouver's Manager of Property Use Inspection Carlene Robbins (who acted also as Chief License Inspector, despite claims by the City to the contrary) was yet another senior manager leaving City Hall under questionable circumstances. We reported a rumour that Friday that Robbins was taking legal action against the City, and on the following Tuesday the Vancouver Courier's Naoibh O'Connor confirmed it.
As we reported originally, this matter surrounds the Pandora Street fire in December which resulted in three deaths. No issue has been so rife with hypocrisy as Mayor Gregor Robertson's handling of the death of three homeless men who had bedded down on a freezing cold night on a back deck, only to burn to death. In spite of the persistence of local media, Robertson went to great lengths to avoid discussing the matter. He eventually got cornered by reporters, but still wouldn't talk.
Of course, Gregor Robertson checked out of town hours after the fire happened, tweeting his followers that he needed a vacation.
Now we have the Notice of Claim filed by Robbins lawyer to B.C.'s Supreme Court. In it you can read the timeline of events, and their direct relationship to the Pandora Street fire. The claim describes how Robbins job wound up in limbo, and that a work environment "of hostility, embarrassment and humiliation" ensued.
In essence, it puts in doubt claims by Community Services Manager Dave McLellan that Robbins departure after 38 years of employment came as a complete surprise, and to his knowledge had nothing to do with Pandora Street.
Carlene Robbins Notice of Claim against the City of Vancouver
The video interview by GlobalTV's Darlene Heidemann is almost uncomfortable to watch, as McLellan's responses are so awkward. It's footage like this which might be subpoenaed by Robbins lawyer. But we would recommend the whole series of clips we've collected here on CityCaucus.com with regards the Pandora Street fire.
Here's a list of our posts on Pandora Street, along with revealing audio and video interview footage of Sadhu Johnson, Penny Ballem, Kerry Jang, Dave McLellan and even Gregor Robertson despite his attempts to dodge the matter.
- Fatal east side fire raises questions on City enforcement
- Pastor joins call for independent inquiry of Pandora Street deaths
- Pandora Street tragedy deserves independent review
- Where's the Mayor in the Pandora flophouse fire deaths matter?
- Community voice to be heard regarding Pandora Street tragedy
- Senior staffer takes fall for Pandora fire, City claims Robbins "quit"
- Robbins departure: was she pushed or did she jump?
- Mayor Gregor won't answer questions on Carlene Robbins dismissal
- Silence of the City Hall disgruntled: will Robbins' voice be heard?
- post by Mike