Monday, July 27, 2015

Friday, July 10, 2015

Mike Newton ordered Bryce Casavant to kill BC bear cubs: unredacted emails

Everyone linked to the leaked emails

According to this story the CBC received an email from "Anonymous hackers" claiming to have exposed the back-and-forth emails between BC conservation officer Bryce Casavant and his superior Mike Newton, who insisted the bear cubs be killed regardless of Casavant's first-hand information and experience at the scene.  The CBC published the leaked emails on their website, with redactions, admitting they were unable to confirm their authenticity.

Bulletproofcourier has confirmed the authenticity of the emails and has decided to publish them unredacted, due to significant public interest in the wildlife conservation policies of our province and the attitudes of those charged with enforcing them.

There were actually 8 people involved in the email chain, with a flurry of CCing going on near the end, all of whom received a copy of the full exchange.  It's more likely one of them leaked it to news organizations rather than Anonymous hackers penetrating BC government email servers.

All of these 8 people are searchable on Google:

1. Mike Newton
2. Bryce Casavant
3. Gord Hitchcock
4. George Buis
5. Helen Schwantje
6. Steve Petrovcic
7. James Hilgemann
8. Gordon Gudbranson

Click through to read the unredacted emails, bottom to top chronologically.

page 1

Casavant, Bryce ENV:EX
From: "Casavant, Bryce ENV:EX" <<>>
To: "Newton, Mike C ENV:EX" <<>>,
"Gudbranson, Gordon ENV:EX"
<<>>, "Hilgemann, James G
ENV:EX" <<>>, "Petrovcic, Steve J
ENV:EX" <<>>
Cc: "Hitchcock, Gord ENV:EX" <<>>,
"Buis, George ENV:EX" <<>>, "Schwantje,
Helen FLNR:EX" <<>>
Subject: Re: High Importance - HWCR 15-6390 Update 2 - PORT MCNEILL - PORT HARDY
I will be maintaining carriage of this file until this situation is resolved. The final result and my decision
may be reviewed by management after with union representation.
At this time I am operating within the full scope of my authorities and appointments. No NIZ officer is
to obstruct me in the lawful execution of my duties.
The cubs have received full medical attention by a veterinarian for health and assessment of their diet
to date. They have not accessed unnatural food at this time. They will be transported in accordance
with provincial policy for a follow up medical assessment and behavioural assessment to determine if
they are rehabilitation candidates.
Sent from my iPhone
On Jul 5, 2015, at 7:33 PM, "Newton, Mike C ENV:EX"
<<>> wrote:
I just left you a message. You are removed from this HWCR effective immediately. Please arrange
immediate transfer of these bears to CO Gudbranson.
They need to be stored in a cool dark place with access to water until that transfer
occurs. Overnight in warehouse is ok. Or, if you are on the road already, stop in Campbell River and
contact CO Gudbranson and arrange transfer.
You do not have the authorization needed to transport those bears to Rehab center/ Errington.
Thanks very much, Mike
Sent from my iPhone
On Jul 5, 2015, at 6:07 PM, Casavant, Bryce ENV:EX
<<>> wrote:
My assessment at this time based on witness statements, health of cubs, full tits on mother, teeth of
cubs, and age is that the cubs have not accessed garbage at this time.
Furthermore, within the conflict matrix they have not posed a risk to public safety at this time and do not fall within the destruction category.
The First Nations on scene are very concerned as is the fire department and adverse public image is a
high risk for the province.
My primary mandate is public safety and the immediate threat has been removed (ie. the sow). My
duties as a law enforcement officer do not include the needless destruction of a baby animal that can
be rehabilitated.
If a provincial vet would like to do a full health and behavioural assessment for potential euthanization
at a later time then that is the call of an informed decision maker who is a qualified veterinarian and will
abide by zoology best practices for the destruction of an animal.
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Sent from my iPhone
On Jul 5, 2015, at 3:59 PM, "Newton, Mike C ENV:EX"
<<>> wrote:
Bryce please update our NIZ group over the status of these cubs.
NIZ CO's Dr Schwantje has assessed these garbage habituated cubs and they are to be euthanized
Bryce please reset the trap at this location immediately and provide updates as appropriate to your
team so that we can respond as necessary over the next few days while you are tied up with fire call.
Thx Mike
From: "Newton, Mike C ENV:EX" <<>>
Date: July 3, 2015 at 12:05:37 PM PDT
To: "Casavant, Bryce ENV:EX" <<>>
Cc: "Hitchcock, Gord ENV:EX" <<>>
Subject: Re: accepted - RE: Notification of HWCR 15-6390 - PORT MCNEILL - PORT HARDY
Final decision has been made by Provincial Vet and you have rec'd direction re: what you need to
I know how hard these scenarios are Bryce, and I appreciate your good intentions but sometimes
this is the outcome we need to take.
Req'd for public safety and most humane for these bears in the long term.
Thx Mike
Sent from my iPhone
On Jul 3, 2015, at 11:50 AM, Casavant, Bryce ENV:EX
<<>> wrote:
Just picking up trap.
What about the zoo?
Sent from my iPhone

page 3

On Jul 3, 2015, at 11:01 AM, "Newton, Mike C ENV:EX"
<<>> wrote:
Bryce that is old policy
Redraft is underway. In the meantime FLNRO biologist and Prov Vet make the call on the
borderline/ questionable ones. These bears aren't a borderline call, so I'm afraid we are left with
no other option. Trap and remove from population.
Thx Mike
Sent from my iPhone
On Jul 3, 2015, at 9:46 AM, Casavant, Bryce ENV:EX
<<>> wrote:

It's twin 5lb to 10lb cubs. Are you in cell service?
-----Original Message----From: Newton, Mike C ENV:EX
Sent: Friday, July 3, 2015 9:39 AM
To: Casavant, Bryce ENV:EX
Subject: Re: accepted - RE: Notification of HWCR 15-6390 - PORT MCNEILL - PORT HARDY
Not ever an option for garbage habituated They are not rehab candidates
Sent from my iPhone
On Jul 3, 2015, at 9:38 AM, Casavant, Bryce ENV:EX
<<>> wrote:

Whats the cutoff age for cub rehabilitation?

-----Original Message----From: Newton, Mike C ENV:EX
Sent: Friday, July 3, 2015 9:37 AM
To: Casavant, Bryce ENV:EX
Subject: Re: accepted - RE: Notification of HWCR 15-6390 - PORT
Unfortunately they all need to be euthanized asap Garbage habituated,
inside house, B&E Bears Family unit has to be removed unfortunately No
choice here Asap Thx Mike
Sent from my iPhone
On Jul 3, 2015, at 8:53 AM, Casavant, Bryce ENV:EX
<<>> wrote:

-----Original Message----From: COS North Island Zone ENV:EX
Sent: Friday, July 3, 2015 8:47 AM
To: Newton, Mike C ENV:EX; Gudbranson, Gordon ENV:EX; Petrovcic,
Steve J ENV:EX; Casavant, Bryce ENV:EX; Hilgemann, James G ENV:EX

page 4

Subject: FW: Notification of HWCR 15-6390 - PORT MCNEILL - PORT HARDY

Sent: July-03-15 8:47:06 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
To: COS North Island Zone ENV:EX
Subject: Notification of HWCR 15-6390 - PORT MCNEILL - PORT HARDY
Notification of HWCR 15-6390 - PORT MCNEILL - PORT HARDY
You can access the document at the following URL:
e /5E5F36119C7C575E88257E7700560EB3?OpenDocument

Human Wildlife Conflict Report #15-6390 Complaint Received By: DAVID
H (Operations 4 ECC) Date / Time received: 2015-07-03 8:40
Location Description:
Caller Name: ROB
Mail / Street Address: 5980 HARDY BAY RD
Postal Code:
Referred By:
Cellular: 778-269-2144
Incident Date Time: 2015-07-03 8:00
Species Involved: BLACK BEAR
Attractants Noted: FREEZER
Nature of Complaint: FOOD CONDITIONED Action Taken: EMAILED CO
Details: Caller reported that a sow and two cubs have been making daily appearances at his home
for a week and a half. The bears have broken into the caller's freezer, and have managed to grab
garbage from inside the caller's home. The caller has tried to use fire crackers to scare the bears
off, but they do not react to them. The bears have not been aggressive, but one of the cubs had
come within a foot of the caller. The caller had followed the bears' path recently, and thinks that
the bears' den is right behind the house.

From: "Casavant, Bryce ENV:EX" <<>>
Date: July 3, 2015 at 9:54:53 AM PDT
To: "Newton, Mike C ENV:EX" <<>>
Subject: COY Operational Procedure standing since 2009
[New Logo BC_BestPlace]
NAME OF PROCEDURE: Black bear cubs of the year-operational procedure and interim acceptance of

page 5

orphaned grizzly bear cubs- operational procedure
All conservation officers of the Conservation Officer Service, Ministry of
Environment, South Coast Region

1. Reports of abandoned/orphaned black or grizzly bear cubs of the year (COYs) are to be
investigated with the goal of capturing the cubs. Only those persons who are experienced with animal
capture are to be involved in this process.

1. All rescued cubs are to be delivered to a veterinarian for a medical evaluation to determine whether
the bear is suitable for rehabilitation. Those bears deemed not suitable due to medical issues will be
euthanized by the vet. COS will cover the costs of the evaluation and euthanization if required.

1. In those instances where a sow with a COY has come in conflict with humans and the sow's
aggression level is high and the likelihood for success for aversion is considered low, and the
appropriate response is to destroy the sow, the COY(s) are to be captured and transferred to a rehab

1. Contact must be made with the following rehab facilities to determine if they are able to take the
Critter Care (black bear cubs only)
481-216 St
Langley BC
Phone: 604-530-2064
North Island Wildlife Recovery (Vancouver Island black bear cubs only)
1240 Leffler Rd
Errington, BC
250-248 8534
The Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter (grizzly bear cubs only)
17366 Telkwa High Rd
Smithers, BC V0J 2N7
Phone: 250-847-5101

If you are unable to place a COY at the facilities, please consult with your Operations Manager prior to
taking any further action. All bear cubs need to be released near to the geographic area from which
they originated, (within reason in relation to proximity to communities). If a bear from Vancouver
Island goes to Critter Care, necessary arrangements must be in place in order to have the bear
transported back to the Island for release. COS staff are authorized to assist in facilitating transport of
bear cubs to rehab facilities.

page 6

1. Media involvement in either rescue attempts, or at the rehab center needs to be strictly
controlled. Unnecessary stress caused by media engagement can impede the safe rescue and rehab of
the bear cubs, therefore, media must not be invited to either a rescue.

1. Contact your Operations Manager and myself regarding any bear cubs that are delivered to a rehab
This procedure remains in effect as an interim measure until the results of the provincial review of the
rehab policy is finalized.


Lance Sundquist
Regional Manager
Conservation Officer Service
South Coast Region

Bryce Casavant, CMAS, MA
Conservation Officer - General Duty
North Island Zone   Conservation Officer Service   Ministry of Environment
2217 Mine Road   Port McNeill   BC   V0N-2R0
Tel: (250) 956-5162 Desk

RAPP: 1-877-952-7277

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Vancouver Tourist Attraction: Homeless men fighting downtown

Vancouver tourists are treated to a ringside view of panhandlers fighting over a popular spot in downtown Vancouver BC Canada. This occurred in the 700 block of Robson street in front of the Old Navy store and the A&W restaurant. The man dressed in black was the instigator, he was bullying the younger man in the orange shirt and got more than he bargained for in return! Mental illness is the number one cause of homelessness in Vancouver.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

VPD Officer Assaults Handcuffed Man on Video

This video from CBC News is disturbing:  Vancouver police officer filmed kicking handcuffed man

The VPD officer who kicked that man should be fired, no question about it. If this is how he behaves in public in the company of other officers, what brutality is he capable of when there are no witnesses present?

And what of the other officers who stood by and appeared to do nothing after witnessing an assault? Business as usual? Look the other way and maintain the code of silence? For shame.

The VPD is behooved to do the right thing now or wallow even deeper into the mucky quagmire of credibility only matched by the RCMP. Fire that officer.

As a civilized society, we deserve better. We deserve police officers that are not violent goons, and we deserve police officers who will not turn a blind eye to obvious crimes committed by those unfit to wear the badge.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Anonymous RCMP Members Speak Out as the Re-Sergeance

Some RCMP officers are "Mad as hell, not going to take this anymore!"

After reading the National Post article Dissident Mounties threaten to expose force’s ‘orchards of Bad Apples’ I found the following post online, which sounds very authentic:
"You start your day by signing into work via a 30 year old radio that doesn't work and doesn't provide coverage for 1/2 of your patrol area. (The RCMP radios in Alberta are on display at the LAPD police museum)"

"Your car has A/C only because the RCMP was sued by it's members in the 1990's for removing the A/C from the patrol cars and selling them (You can look it up)"

"Your uniform is old because the force refuses to supply it's members with proper kit. Your bulletproof vest is expired, but you can't prove it because the RCMP cut off the expiry tag (This isn't a joke). You also can't ask for new kit because it requires the approval of a supervisor who receives a bonus if he comes in under budget for the year. (Inspectors and above, look it up) You also can't get training, promotional opportunities, or transfers unless the boss likes. (Detachment commanders are considered line officers and have a say in all of the above). Sure, you can't exactly get sent to a gulag in Siberia, but your entire family can get sent to nunavut for "operational necessity" (Also actually happens)"

"You spend your shift responding to calls that you are unable to investigate because you don't have the time. This is because a large portion of your detachment is on stress leave. Don't worry though, the RCMP is working hard to have the medical license of the Doctor who diagnosed it, removed. (See previous RCMP article) Also, the force is unwilling to pay overtime to provide sufficient coverage because they get a bonus (See above). Luckily you're in B.C. and not a rural area where you likely have no backup for night shifts. (RCMP recently changed the backup policy after several lawsuits from the families of slain RCMP members)"

"If you go back to the office, you're bullied by supervisors that you can't file a grievance against them because you have no independent grievance process. The SRR members (your representation) is comprised of RCMP members (supervisors and above) who represent you. It's like complaining to one guard in a prison about being abused by another guard." "If you happen to die in the line of duty, the force will however send an SRR to provide emotional support for your widow and small child. Hopefully he can keep his dick out of your widow in the days after your death (Also happened)"

"If you're capable at your job, you get more work piled onto you to help avoid public complaints and mismanaged investigations. If you're terrible, you get put in a cushy job without any responsibility because you can't be fired (See RCMP members at your local airport). If you boss is mad at you, he'll forward public complaints against you that are without merit, to make you look bad ,which in turn saps resources away from investigating real misconduct."

"You also rely on your boss for any hope of promotion, and the RCMP relies on a opaque promotional scheme that relies on seniority rather than merit. Policy also prohibits you from appealing all promotions inside an RCMP Detachment. You also can't complain to anyone outside the organization because the RCMP act forbids it and your CAN be fired for insubordination or bringing disrepute to the RCMP. (It's written in the policies)"

"Thankfully, the RCMP has brought in a saviour, Elliot...err...Paulson. He's going to save the organization. So far, he's sent out three emails style telling the RCMP to work harder and told people that he is seeking more powers to have people fired if they don't get in line behind him."

"You remember that RCMP member who was sent to BC from Alberta for drinking on the job and having sex with his subordinate? Well, the guy who gave him the slap on the wrist just got appointed by Paulson as his "Professionalism Czar""

"I could go on, but..well..what's the point."

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Neil deGrasse Tyson Shares Motivational Wisdom

"The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.

For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you."

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist and science communicator. Since 2006 he has hosted the educational science television show NOVA scienceNOW on PBS, and has been a frequent guest on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Jeopardy!.

Tyson is also known for his generous participation in Q&A's on the popular website Reddit where users are allowed to "ask anything" (Tyson's answers are highlighted in blue username "neiltyson".

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hitler reacts to SOPA


The Stop Online Piracy Act is evil by any standard:

"I can't understand why Congress can't seem to agree on anything that really matters... but when Hollywood pays lobbyists $94 million to get a bill passed, both Republicans and Democrats line up to co-sponsor it."

- Reddit's Alexis Ohanion