Oct 23, 2014 0
In light of Wednesday’s tragic events in Ottawa, questions are being raised about security measures at the B.C. Legislature. CTV Vancouver reports that the premises continue to remain closed to the public for a second day, as staff reassess safety protocols and determine whether to increase security. CTV’s Lisa Rossington said “some people at the B.C. legislature are suggesting the guards should carry firearms and that all public entrances should have metal detectors.”
Speaking to MLAs on Wednesday, B.C. Premier Christy Clark said there would be a careful review of security at the B.C. Legislature. According to CBC, Clark also told reporters that “it was important to find a balance between necessary concerns over security and being very careful not to shut the public out,” adding that ensuring public access to the Legislature and other institutions was a priority. The debate was intensified by reports that Clark and select members of the B.C. Legislature received information about security concerns in Ottawa in the days prior to the shooting.
Security in Metro Vancouver has also been increased for the time being, with a more noticeable police presence at select public buildings and near transit. The CBC reports that heightened security is to be expected at upcoming Remembrance Day ceremonies as well. The scope of these heightened measures is likely to be affected by information regarding the nature and motive of the Ottawa shooting, to be released in the days to come.
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