Freedom of Information

FOIPOP Findings: Introduction

FOIPOP Findings: Introduction

January 20, 2021 at 12:50 pm

You know the story: back in July 2015 I submitted an access to information request to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality asking for all port-related communications between Mayor Cecil Clarke, CAO Michael Merritt, the mayor’s communications staff (basically, Christina Lamey) and port promoters Albert Barbusci and Barry Sheehy from 1Read...

FOIPOP Findings: Albert’s Global Rolodex

FOIPOP Findings: Albert’s Global Rolodex

January 20, 2021 at 12:49 pm

In putting a timeframe of 1 December 2013 to 29 June 2015 on my access to information request, I’d hoped to cast my net wide enough capture the earliest communications between port promoters Barry Sheehy and Albert Barbusci and CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke, and if I haven’t done so, I thinkRead...

FOIPOP Findings: The Real McKeil Deal

FOIPOP Findings: The Real McKeil Deal

January 20, 2021 at 12:47 pm

The documents I received last week reveal some very interesting details about the 2015 McKeil deal, which saw the CBRM purchase land in the Sydport Marine Industrial Park to lease to Ontario-based marine services company McKeil Marine. The transaction was a very contentious piece of municipal legerdemain that troubled theRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 15, 2021 at 10:45 am

Eureka! As you may recall from Wednesday’s edition, CBRM CAO Marie Walsh assured me I’d be receiving, that very day, the “lion’s share” of the 890 documents I’ve been waiting for as a result of the NS Privacy Commissioner’s ruling on my 2015 FOIPOP request. I received nothing on Wednesday.Read More

Fourteen Out of 890 Ain’t Bad?

Fourteen Out of 890 Ain’t Bad?

January 6, 2021 at 10:00 am

Happy New Year, spectators! I’m easing back into regular publication today with this one article. Full disclosure: I had expected to spend this week poring over documents released by the CBRM in response to my 2015 FOIPOP request. I knew I wouldn’t receive all 890 pages Privacy Commissioner Tricia RalphRead More

One More FOIPOP Thing…

One More FOIPOP Thing…

December 16, 2020 at 12:47 pm

As you may recall, I asked the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) for clarification on the use of outside legal counsel to handle municipal access to information requests (I was inspired to ask for this clarification by the discovery that my 2015 FOIPOP to the CBRM regardingRead More

FOIPOP File 93

FOIPOP File 93

December 9, 2020 at 12:51 pm

I learned a few things from the discussion of my 2015 FOIPOP application during last night’s CBRM council meeting. I learned that Jim Gogan of Breton Law Group handled my initial request in 2015 and is now handling the review. Regional solicitor Demetri Kachafanas revealed this in response to aRead More

Privacy Commissioner Says CBRM has Rejected Recommendations

Privacy Commissioner Says CBRM has Rejected Recommendations

December 8, 2020 at 11:29 am

Previously, on “My FOIPOP Appeal,” I explained to you that in 2015, I made a request to the CBRM for communications related to the decision to give Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP), then known as Harbor Port Investment Partners, an exclusive contract to market the Port of Sydney. Roughly 100Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 4, 2020 at 9:31 am

Okay, stop: FOIPOP edition Sometime on Tuesday, as I was working away on this week’s edition of the Spectator, I received a notice in my mailbox of what I assumed was a package waiting for me at the Post Office. December packages are usually well worth the trip to theRead More

FOIPOP Follow-Up

FOIPOP Follow-Up

December 2, 2020 at 1:08 pm

That headline was misleading. I apologize. I had hoped that by now I would have a response from the CBRM to the Privacy Commissioner’s November 3 ruling about my 2015 FOIPOP request. I knew it was unlikely the municipality would simply accept the ruling and release the 862 pages ofRead More