Post Tagged with: "FOIPOP"

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...

Don’t Make Assumptions About the Assumption Fund

Don’t Make Assumptions About the Assumption Fund

April 12, 2017 at 11:59 am

Last month I sent two freedom of information/access to information (FOIPOP) requests to the Port of Sydney Development Corporation. One requested a detailed account of how the Port has been spending the $2.5 million left over from the $37 million Sydney harbor dredge, completed in 2012. (You can read aboutRead 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

Civic Centre, CBRM

CBRM Doesn’t Have All Docs in $40K FOIPOP But Fee Stands

March 1, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Remember the $40,000 FOIPOP? Actually, the price tag the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) slapped on a local man’s freedom of information/protection of privacy request was $42,804.50 — a calculation of the value of CBRM employee time that seems to be worked out to the last fraction of a second. SydneyRead More

Anatomy of a Bill: A Play in One Act

Anatomy of a Bill: A Play in One Act

February 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm

The Nova Scotia New Democratic Party made a freedom of information application to the Nova Scotia government last December requesting: All communication (including emails, letter and other electronic messages) briefing notes and other documents related to An Act Respecting a Teacher’s [sic] Professional Agreement. The request referred to legislation that Education MinisterRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 8, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Charter? What Charter? I was perusing the list of recently completed Nova Scotia Freedom of Information Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) requests, as one does, and discovered this one: All briefing notes, analysis and correspondence regarding the development of a municipal charter for Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Oh boy, oh boy,Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Subjects

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Subjects

November 23, 2016 at 9:00 am

Note: Fast & Curious will be a new weekly feature in which The Spectator will take a brief look at a number of stories that piqued its interest during the week.   Oh Readers! Oh Lovers of Books! First and foremost, Spectator contributor Sean Howard has published a new bookRead More

The CBRM, Its Records and What the CBC Saw

The CBRM, Its Records and What the CBC Saw

November 2, 2016 at 8:57 am

Did you see that 28 October 2016 story by the CBC’s Paul Withers about the CBRM and its consultants? It was the oddest thing. The “news” was that the CBRM has no record of the work done for it by the first pair of consultants it hired to promote theRead More

CBRM Election Results: Cecil Clarke’s ‘Biggest Mandate’ Ever?

CBRM Election Results: Cecil Clarke’s ‘Biggest Mandate’ Ever?

October 19, 2016 at 10:52 am

It’s a facet of a healthy democracy that never fails to impress me: the final handshake. Two candidates who have fought a long, hard campaign shake hands — one graciously accepting defeat, the other graciously acknowledging victory. And then there’s what happened in the CBRM on Saturday night. As reportedRead More

Civic Centre, CBRM

Transparency Has A Price In CBRM: It’s $42,804.50

October 12, 2016 at 7:41 am

Last March, a CBRM citizen decided he (or she, I’m not sure, so I’m just going to refer to him/her as “The Citizen”) wanted to know more about the expenses of Mayor Cecil Clarke, Port CEO Marlene Usher, CBRM Chief Administrative Officer Michael Merritt, the mayor’s executive assistant Mark BettensRead More