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Kelowna man arrested after online threat made against mayor

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The comment, which was posted on Facebook, stated someone should “put a bullet in” the mayor.

A man has been arrested in connection with this online threat against the mayor of Kelowna. An offensive word has been blurred by Postmedia. Instagram

A Kelowna man has been arrested after an online threat was made against the city’s mayor.

Colin Basran, who has been mayor of Kelowna since 2014, shared the violent threat that was made against him with his Instagram followers on Wednesday,

The comment, which was posted on Facebook by a man identified as Bruce Edward Taylor, stated someone should “put a bullet in” Basran.

Kelowna RCMP, who were made aware of the post on Tuesday evening, have arrested a 52-year-old man in connection with the threat.

Police say the  man, whose named has been withheld pending charges, was later released with strict conditions and is expected to appear in court on June 24.


Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran.

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Basran, a former TV journalist who was first elected to Kelowna city council in 2011, said the threat brought him 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,” he said on Instagram.

At a press conference Wednesday, Basran said the bigger issue for him is preserving civility and a collective commitment to civil discourse.

“More than ever it’s vital to challenge those who use personal attacks, online bullying, or vulgar language to stifle opposing points of view. This is not the behaviour that encourages a diverse and inclusive community we are all working so hard to build,” he said.

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