Anonymous said...I am interested in your response to this....
The post outlined a request for Freedom of Information received at the Clerk's Office. A report on FOI request has only been provided to Council once before for the month of August.2010.
A Councillor has no role in the process. The clerk informs the person about whom the inquiry is made. The identity of the person making the request is confidential.. The Clerk has authority to determine if privacy might be invaded If so, the information is withheld.
When the material requested that can be released is compiled, copies are provided to the person about whom the request has been made.
As yet I have received no copies.
The first request for correspondence dated August 4th was determined to be fully exempt. It is being appealed.
Appeal is made to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.
E-mails have been a terrible problem for the Mayor and others this term
Before I started the blog, I happily chatted on-line with Council colleagues, sharing information, I thought might be useful. It almost seemed the Mayor and Councillor MacEachern objections were to the information.
Negative declarations were made about " appropriateness" of communication by e-mail. A "directive"was given to stop the practice. Then things turned hostile and I was informed by some their mail boxes were closed to communications from myself.
Councillor Marsh circulated an e-mail on municipal finance, an area of expertise, and Councillor MacEachern responded that Councillor Marsh's e-mails were being saved and would be published some day.
Town policy directs a Director who receives a question from a Councillor on line, to circulate the response to all Councillors.
Councillor Wilson never failed to comment that my questions represented a complete waste of staff time.
If I asked a question during a Council meeting, he found that to be a waste of Council's time. He would advise Councillors should ask their questions beforehand.
Councillor Wilson was quite free with his advice about how he thought I should conduct myself.
Until the virtual turnover in management team, I always had quick access to information.I could pick up the phone and get an answer lickety-split.
Then staff were directed that all questions from Councillors were to be referred to Department Heads for response.
It wasn't long before some Department Heads were not willing to provide answers to my questions. Apparently they were afraid of how I would provide the information to the public.
The Town Hall was in lock down. A Berlin Wall had been raised
I no longer ask questions