Video shows alleged physical assault at Nanaimo city council meeting

Video shows alleged physical assault at Nanaimo city council meeting

UPDATE: A previous version of this story contained unproven allegations made in Samra’s statement. Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay denies the claims Samra is making.

The City of Nanaimo’s chief adminstrative officer Tracy Samra has released a video showing an alleged physical assault at a closed meeting of Nanaimo city council.

On Monday, Samra released a video of an incident involving former councillor Wendy Pratt that Samra said took place during an in-camera meeting on Feb. 27. In the video, Samra is allegedly physically assaulted by Pratt.

Samra filed complaints under the City of Nanaimo’s respectful workplace policy and violence in the workplace policy.


Pratt resigned after the alleged assault, triggering a byelection. She was not charged with any criminal offence as a result of the alleged incident.


According to Samra, she went on leave after the alleged assault by Pratt in February and attempted to return to work on a limited basis.

A report by independent consultant Roslyn Goldner regarding the incident in February was released to the council on July 20, Samra said. The report has not been made public.


Samra is expected to remain on leave while the city council considers the findings of the report.

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