Tuesday, October 19, 2010

FOI reveals legal costs - Brantford (brantnews.com)

City councillor and mayoral candidate James Calnan says the fact he had to submit a freedom of information request to find out the city’s outside legal costs shows that something is fundamentally flawed at city hall.

Calnan paid $278 out of his own pocket to submit a formal request under the Municipal Freedom of Information Act in order to learn that the city has spent more than $2.5 million on external legal counsel since 2003.

“It’s appalling to think that the only way to get this number is through freedom of information,” Calnan said. “People shouldn’t have to fight to know what is going on at city council, whether they are a councillor or not.”

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.brantnews.com/news.cfm?page=news&section=read&articleId=9001