Okanagan man, 52, arrested for alleged online death threat made toward Kelowna mayor

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      After a death threat was made yesterday about the mayor of Kelowna, Kelowna RCMP announced today that they have arrested a suspect.

      Just after 6 p.m. on May 14, Kelowna RCMP received a report of threats made online toward a City of Kelowna official.

      The official has been identifed in news reports as Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran.

      A 52-year-old male suspect from Kelowna, who has been arrested in connection with the alleged threats, faces potential criminal charges.

      He has been released on strict conditions and will appear in court on June 24.

      In an Instagram post today (May 15), Basran stated that the online comment brought him “to tears” and that he is “scared, angry, sad and everything in between”.

      CBC News stated that the comment was made on a social-media thread about a controversial housing project in the Pandosy area of Kelowna which the mayor brought back for a second vote.

      Kelowna Now clarified that only part of the development, regarding land-use rezoning, has been approved.

      Basran was first elected to Kelowna city council in 2011 and served for one term as councilor. He was elected mayor in 2014 and reelected in 2018.

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