Freedom of Information

Hooray for Open Government!

Hooray for Open Government!

May 9, 2018 at 11:32 am

I have been debating how to mark Open Government Week in Nova Scotia (May 7-11). Sitting in the graveyard behind St. Patrick’s Church in the rain with a 40-ouncer of Captain Morgan was my first idea, but I don’t like watery rum and frankly, I always knew the week wouldRead More

BREAKING: Docs Show How Provincial Employees Cried ‘Hack,’ Misled Halifax Cops

BREAKING: Docs Show How Provincial Employees Cried ‘Hack,’ Misled Halifax Cops

May 8, 2018 at 4:37 pm

Highlights of this article: • Provincial government employees who were made aware of the security failure with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) website told Halifax police that the site had been “hacked” and that nearly 10,000 files “were taken” — which clearly overstated the nature ofRead More

How We Obtained the Search Warrant Documents

How We Obtained the Search Warrant Documents

May 8, 2018 at 4:15 pm

Here’s how we obtained the documents. First, a quick primer on search warrants. To get a search warrant, police have to go to a judge or Justice of the Peace and submit a document called an “Information To Obtain a Search Warrant,” or ITO. The ITO lays out the policeRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 20, 2018 at 11:41 am

(Wide) Open data I’m still trying to digest all I’ve read about the great hacking-that-wasn’t of Nova Scotia’s freedom-of-information portal. There is a lot to digest. The story has legs and has bounded all over the planet, a textbook case of — take your pick — lax data protection, policeRead More

Parsing the Business Cape Breton Post-Mortems

Parsing the Business Cape Breton Post-Mortems

April 18, 2018 at 11:20 am

This past week, we’ve heard Municipal Affairs Minister Derek Mombourquette, CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke, District 8 Councilor Amanda McDougall, BCB board chair Parker Rudderham, CBRM Economic Development Manager John Phalen and (former) BCB CEO Eileen Lannon Oldford explain what is going on with economic development funding in the Cape BretonRead...

With Greater Powers, Greater Transparency?

With Greater Powers, Greater Transparency?

March 14, 2018 at 9:38 am

Discovering, thanks to the reporting of Rick Grant, that the CBRM mayor and council are holding a secret meeting today with port developer Albert Barbusci sends a chill up my spine. The meeting is being held at the Holiday Inn to avoid the bother of calling a special in cameraRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 9, 2018 at 10:00 am

Equalize this Developments on the equalization front this week must be gratifying to the stalwart members of Nova Scotians for Equalization Fairness (NSEF), a CBRM-based advocacy group that has been meeting monthly to discuss the issue of municipal financing for 15 long years. Against the backdrop of budget discussions, whichRead More

Trip to China? What Trip to China?

Trip to China? What Trip to China?

January 31, 2018 at 1:23 pm

Here’s the most damning line from the CBRM’s response to a FOIPOP request for information about a recent trip to China by Mayor Cecil Clarke and three CBRM staffers. Municipal Clerk Deborah Campbell Ryan told the applicant: I have been advised that CBRM does not have any records relating toRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 12, 2018 at 10:45 am

Chinese itineraries CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke has yet to publish an itinerary for his November 30-December 6 trip to China on which he was accompanied by CAO Marie Walsh, Economic Development Manager John Phalen and his executive assistant Mark Bettens. As it happens, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was inRead More

Premier Makes Mysterious Trip to Mysterious East

Premier Makes Mysterious Trip to Mysterious East

December 6, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Nova Scotia, in case you missed the memo, is now in year two of a five-year “strategy” to boost trade with China. That it’s a strategy with “no budget, target or goal,” as the CBC reported in April 2016, has the advantage, from Premier Stephen McNeil’s perspective, of allowing him toRead More