The city’s conclusion is that the report should not be released because such a decision would compromise the 31 or about 35 or whatever number of lawsuits the city says it has against it resulting from the Rideau sinkhole.
It will release the report after the unknown number of lawsuits are completed … maybe five or 10 years after my death.
Your agent called this a bunch of bunk which was designed to protect civil servants and politicians so that the highly embarrassing and internationally covered sinkhole issue would go away.
The legal mind on the weekend backed this up by saying that both parties in a suit must share all evidence and documents.
Neither the tobacco industry nor the NFL wanted to show the deleterious effects of smoking and concussions respectively. But they did.
Because they were ordered to do so.
Accordingly the city’s position is a falsehood and it’s action a cover-up.
Now the pressure is on councillors. No doubt they will be asked to sign a document not to reveal the contents of the sinkhole report. Then they can see the report.
So The Bulldog puts this to the 23 Ottawa councillors and the mayor.
Whose interests do you represent? Your own or your constituents? Do you represent the trumped-up cover-up of public information or the concerns of the people of Ottawa? We already know the positions of councillors Mathieu Fleury and Jeff Leiper.
The public good demands the sinkhole report be released. The legal argument presented by the city is an embarrassment and designed to keep the facts of the report private. It has little or no basis in law.
So councillors? Do you represent your good or the public good?
The sinkhole report should be public and if you feel the same, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bulldog wants to publish the report or its major conclusions. Whatever this publication can get.
It is unbecoming of Mayor Jim Watson, city manager Steve Kanellakos and city clerk/solicitor Rick O’Connor to put themselves and the voters, taxpayers and residents of Ottawa in this position.
This is not transparent government, a critical part of a democracy.
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