Media Release: A first step towards fixing professional reliance
Today, the British Columbia government released the Professional Reliance Review.
“This report represents an important step towards fixing professional reliance in B.C.,” said Scott McCannell, Executive Director of the Professional Employees Association (PEA). “The government’s commitment to moving forward on the two main recommendations of the report are admirable.” Read more
The Professional Reliance Review has been released
The BC Government has released the Professional Reliance Review. Read more
Special Report: Opportunities to Improve the Forest and Range Practices Act
BC’s Forest Watchdog reports on 20 years of recommendations to the BC Government on improving forest management and concludes, “Government has told the Board that it accepts 56 (of 60) recommendations…Just over half these actions have been fully or partially implemented…However for many of the governments promised actions, the board has no evidence they have been carried out”. PEA licensed science officers positions have been cut by 25 per cent so it is not surprising the Government has not been able to take action. Read more.
Government review of Professional Reliance now open
The Government has committed to a review of professional reliance. This is the best opportunity for positive change since the professional reliance model was introduced in the early 2000’s. The participation of PEA members will impact the outcomes of this review. As previously communicated, the Province has announced that its public survey about professional reliance has opened and will close on January 19, 2018. We are strongly encouraging members to participate in the survey. Read more.
Government Review of Professional Reliance and PEA Political Outreach
The recent NDP and Green party Confidence and Supply Agreement to form government includes a specific commitment to review BCs professional reliance model. In August, the PEA wrote the leader of the Green party and NDP Ministers of Forests, Health, Mental Health, Environment, Energy and Mines, Agriculture and Advanced Education, requesting meetings.
Endangered Experts: Cutbacks in Government Licensed Science Officers
Overall the province has a decrease of one and a half per cent in the number of science officers since 2014, with some science officers continuing to see a year over year decline. This follows an 11.2 per cent decrease from 2009 to 2014 and a nine per cent decrease from 2009 to 2017. The number of licensed foresters employed by the province has decreased by 12 per cent since 2014. Read the full report here.
E4D Report: Oversight At Risk - The State of Government Science in British Columbia
A report by Evidence for Democracy (E4D) released in April of this year, which surveyed the Government Licensed Science Officers, found that that the cutbacks impede the government’s ability to fulfil its responsibility for regulatory oversight. The E4D researchers stated that since 2001, BC’s public service has been reduced to the smallest per capita in Canada. Departments with science-based mandates have been particularly hard hit with a 25 per cent reduction in staff-scientist and government licensed science officer positions in the past decade. E4D found that 71 per cent of BC government scientists surveyed believe that cutbacks have negatively impacted their ability to produce expert reports and documents and 68 per cent feel that there are now insufficient resources to fulfil their branch or ministerial mandate effectively. Read the full report here