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B.C. Civil Liberties announces new president, executive committee

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The B.C. Civil Liberties Association has a new President, Craig Jones.

At its April Meeting, the BCCLA Board of Directors elected Craig Jones as its new President. Other new Officers are long time Board members Sam Black as vice president and Alan Rowan as treasurer.

Mr. Jones takes over the helm of the civil rights group from Andrew Irvine, who had led the Association for the past year. Mr. Irvine’s term of office had expired. The Board expressed heartfelt thanks for the wonderful job he did as president.

As Treasurer since 1995, John Cox has successfully steered the Association through rough financial seas. The BCCLA is most grateful for the job Mr. Cox has done in this crucial area. Both Alan Rowan and Sam Black are long time BCCLA Board members who have made key contributions over the years.

Craig Jones has been an active and visible BCCLA Board member since 1995, and a member of the Executive Committee since 1996. He served as vice president in 1998-99. Mr. Jones has made significant contributions to the Association in the areas of censorship and pornography, human rights and HIV/AIDS issues.

He is probably most well known for his active role in the APEC inquiry, although his involvement in that issue was as an individual citizen and not as a representative of the BCCLA. Another person will serve as the BCCLA’s spokesperson on the APEC issue.

Mr. Jones is a graduate of UBC Law School, who for the past year has articled at the law firm Bull Housser & Tupper. He has recently accepted a position at that law firm, and will be called to the Bar on May 21, 1999. He has published widely in legal and mainstream journals and magazines, and is currently working on his second book, a text on the law of evidence.

In his private life, Mr. Jones enjoys the company of his fiancee Amanda and her dog Barney. His hobbies include motorcycling, music and a 1952 Land Rover named Lucille.