The British Columbia Securities Commission is committed to providing timely and relevant information to the news media as part of our commitment to protecting investors and the maintaining the integrity of BC’s investment markets.
If you are a member of the media, please email email@example.com or call 604-899-6713.
If you are not a member of the media, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604/899-6854 or 1-800-373-6393.
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Access to Hearings
BCSC hearings are open to the public. Hearings usually take place at the BCSC’s offices on the 12th floor of 701 West Georgia Street in Vancouver. Hearings usually start at 10 am each hearing day. Hearing dates and times are subject to change and are updated on the hearing schedule. The Commissioners can limit public access in unusual circumstances, but rarely do so.
Mobile phones and similar devices must be turned off in the hearing room. Microphones may not be placed before counsel, parties, witnesses, the court reporter, or the commissioners.
Media representatives must follow the directions of the chair of the panel presiding at the hearing and must not disrupt the hearing in any way.
Disruptive activities include: interviews of parties in the hearing room during the hearing or so nearby as to disturb the hearing; movement of equipment while the hearing is in session; television lights, cables, equipment, etc. that could distract the parties to the hearing; electronic flash for still photography; and any other behaviour that the commissioners consider distracting or disruptive.
Television media must make arrangements for cameras through the secretary to the Commission at 604-899-6500 or email@example.com. Television coverage of hearings is limited to one-fixed camera position in the public area of the hearing room. If more than one media outlet wishes to film a hearing, they must work out sharing arrangements among themselves, such as pooling or time sharing.
Access to Commission Hearing Files
The Commission publishes Notices of Hearings, Decisions and Settlements on its website. The Commission does not publish hearing transcripts, evidence, and arguments on its website. However, it does make these documents available to members of the news media upon request. The Commission will consider applications having regard to the public interest and privacy interests. Applications must be sent to the secretary to the Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.