Posted by Magda
Council is set to vote on the hydro merger Sept. 29. If all goes the way hydro folk would like it to, councillors will vote based on a business case none apart from them have seen. Councillor Mike Salisbury has been trying to get the business case released, without success. (Merger information, including a summary of the business case, is available here.)
My colleague Lisa Varano filed a formal freedom of information request for the business case. It was turned down. We appealed, and today we've heard that, as is protocol, a mediator has been assigned to the case and if mediation fails, it will go to adjudication. The problem is, this situation is really time sensitive. It's likely that in 19 days, it'll all be over. If my experience is any indication, it'll take many times that to get this issue resolved.
I requested Larry Kotseff's compensation package May 7, 2007. I got the information July 15, 2008.
I requested information related to the departure of former finance director David Kennedy on July 17, 2007. That hastn' yet been resolved.
It seems to me that, even if the province eventually rules the hydro business case should be made public, it'll get be well into 2009 -- and the utilities will be long merged, or not -- before we see it.