Defender Radio and The Switch

Nearly five years ago to the day, then-Conservation Officer Bryce Casavant famously refused an order to unnecessarily kill two healthy bear cubs; he was suspended, effectively fired and eventually left government service entirely. But just a few weeks ago, justices in BC’s appellant court ruled that the province did not play by their own rules, meaning Bryce has been, in a word, vindicated. Today, Bryce shared the story of how doing the right thing left him in a legal battle with the province that lasted over four and a half years.

Additionally, Bryce recently successfully defended his doctoral thesis – which happens to look, in part, at the history of the Conservation Officer Service and how they went from game wardens to an armed law enforcement agency.

In this in-depth conversation, Bryce and I discuss the background and decision of his court case, the need to have hard conversations about less visible law enforcement agencies, legislative hide and seek, mission creep, and how it feels to be vindicated.

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Conservation officer suspended for refusing to kill bear cubs:

No charges against Coquitlam residents accused of obstructing conservation officers:

Casavant v. British Columbia Labour Relations Board), 2020 BCCA 159:

Direct download: Defender_Radio_Podcast_716_Bryce_Casavant_Vindicated.mp3
Category:Season 07 -- posted at: 6:48pm EDT