Freedom of Information

My $3,000 FOIPOP or Why This System Doesn’t Work

My $3,000 FOIPOP or Why This System Doesn’t Work

July 5, 2017 at 12:20 pm

In the world of the start-up digital publications, $3,000 is a lot of money. Had I $3,000 burning a hole in my pocket, I could walk into Connors Basics on Charlotte Street and come out with a new desk, a new office chair, a lifetime supply of roller ball pens,Read More

Cover illustration from "Accountability for the Digital Age," the report of the NS Information and Privacy Commissioner. Apparently, the government can now directly access our brains.

Privacy Commissioner Tries to Nudge NS into 21st Century

June 28, 2017 at 12:12 pm

I think I made the Annual Report of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) of Nova Scotia for 2016-2017. I can’t say for sure, but one of the cases described by the commissioner, Catherine Tully, sounds like an entry from my 2016 diary: I think the publicRead More

BCB Will Not Be Responding to Your Questions

BCB Will Not Be Responding to Your Questions

June 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm

I really didn’t think I’d be able to FOIPOP Business Cape Breton (BCB). Although the organization runs entirely on public money, I’d already been told by the office of the Privacy Commissioner that it doesn’t fit the definition of a public body under Nova Scotia’s Freedom of Information/Protection of PrivacyRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 15, 2017 at 12:31 pm

Lasso of Truth The box office success of Wonder Woman reminded me of the connection between her creator, William Marston, and the lie detector which reminded me that I’ve never received an answer from the Cape Breton Regional Police as to what sort of work their two “polygraph technicians” perform. ByRead More

Behold this July 2016 briefing note for PMJT, extolling Liberal govt's firm commitment to transparency and access-to-info reform (Dean Beeby via Twitter)

Free the Information!

June 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Dean Beeby is a former Canadian Press (CP) reporter who now works for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). I have never met him — in fact, the photos that now accompany his CBC articles are the first I’ve ever seen of him — but I’ve long admired his work: heRead...

All Hail the Business Sector Volunteer Vanguards!

All Hail the Business Sector Volunteer Vanguards!

June 7, 2017 at 12:15 pm

I was confused from the moment I read the subject line (which you can click to enlarge):   My best guess was that “Portege” was a typo and what Business Cape Breton had actually launched was an Entrepreneurial PORTAGE/Vanguard Program. This, I decided, would either involve entrepreneurs carrying canoes on their headsRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 2, 2017 at 11:17 am

B’Spoke Apparel: Addendum In this week’s edition, I reviewed some recently awarded CBRM tenders, including one for clothing for Transit Authority employees that was won by B’Spoke Apparel of Halifax. I noted that B’Spoke is owned by 180 Moda which is owned by Taura Lee (aka Taura Publicover). Here’s theRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 19, 2017 at 11:03 am

Confessions of a bad reporter I forgot about Ports Day — Port Days? Ports Days? — whatever it is, I forgot about it. I know, right? How does that happen? How does the most port-obsessed person in Sydney forget Port-a-palooza? I can only plead temporary sanity. This week, I was apparentlyRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 7, 2017 at 10:00 am

Like two ships that pass in the ice The port [of Sydney] has a series of natural advantages that distinguish it from other East Coast harbours. For example, it is the first port of call in North America for vessels transshipping from the Suez Canal. In addition it is aRead More

White House press secretary Sean Spicer (Source: White House, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Does CBRM Need Another Communications Person?

March 8, 2017 at 11:45 am

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality, having survived into the early years of the 21st century without a communications person, suddenly needs two of them. Mayor Cecil Clarke, who made history (and by-passed municipal hiring rules) by tapping Christina Lamey as his own personal “Communication Advisor” now wants to hire a second flak forRead More