Mayor responds to threat

UPDATE 2:30 p.m.

Castanet will be covering Mayor Colin Basran's statement at 3 p.m. live and we will update the story with the latest information as soon as it is available.

UPDATE: 11:25 a.m.

Mayor Colin Basran will make a statement concerning allegations of threats at 3 p.m. this afternoon at city hall.

A brief news release indicated Basran will not answer any questions.

UPDATE: 10:45 a.m.

Kelowna RCMP have confirmed an arrest has been made concerning online threats against Mayor Colin Basran.

Police say a 52-year-old Kelowna man was identified and arrested Tuesday night.

He has been released on strict conditions, and is expected to appear in court June 24.

UPDATE: 9:55 a.m.

Sources tell Castanet an arrest has been made over online threats against Mayor Colin Basran.

The threat was made Tuesday, and attributed to an account owned by Bruce Edward Taylor.

Basran admits the threat against his personal safety brought him to tears.

On his official Instagram account, Basran stated when you are selected to serve the people of your community, you expect criticism, but the post "goes beyond anything I would have ever expected."

Basran went on to say:

"This may not be a big deal to some, but this is incredibly hurtful to my family and I. So much so, I'll admit it brought me to tears.

"I'm scared, angry, sad and everything in between. I put up with a lot of criticism at times, but threatening my safety is completely unacceptable!

"If this is the new norm for elected officials, I want no part of it."

It's the only statement the mayor has issued since the post, "Put a bullet in this (expletive)..."

The threat was made in response to a decision by council Monday to approve a six storey development on Groves Avenue. The development had been defeated the previous month, but Basran used his executive authority to bring the item back.

This is not the first time Basran, and his family, have been attacked personally.

At this year's State of the City Address, Basran called last year's election campaign the "worst period of my life."

Saying he, and his family, were subjected to personal attacks online.

Basran said the nature of the campaign and the negative attacks were on a much larger scale than the first time he ran for mayor.

ORIGINAL: 8 a.m.

Castanet has reached out to Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and RCMP for more details on reports that the Mayor is dealing with online threats after a controversial council meeting on Monday.

South Pandosy residents have been trying to rally against a planned Groves Avenue housing project that would be six storeys tall and house 22 units. The development was actually defeated at a public hearing on April 23, but Mayor Colin Basran exercised his rarely used executive privilege to bring the Abbott Park Holdings development back to council. Kelowna Coun. Ryan Donn broke the tie and gave Mayor Colin Basran a victory during Monday’s city council meeting.

Since that time Basran has been dealing with backlash and new reports of online threats which surfaced through the comments section on
Info-news-dot-ca, where an angry person suggested in the comments section that "somebody should put a bullet in him".

Basran has not yet responded to our request for comment and RCMP have not issued a statement at this time.

Castanet will provide more information when it becomes available.

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