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Old Posted Jul 27, 2016, 3:35 AM
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Originally Posted by waterloowarrior View Post
King Edward truck tunnel study coming in August

Matthew Pearson, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: July 26, 2016 | Last Updated: July 26, 2016 2:06 PM EDT

There’s an incremental bit of news on the long-awaited release of the King Edward truck tunnel study — it will be published during the week of Aug. 15.

That’s according to a letter Postmedia received from Rick O’Connor, the city clerk and solicitor and the overseer of Ottawa’s access-to-information shop.

Readers may recall a report in May that said the release of the study into the feasibility of building a truck tunnel underneath King Edward Avenue would be delayed until September — months after the findings were supposed to be presented to the transportation committee.

Part of the reason given for the delay was the arrival of new city manager Steve Kanellakos, who needed to be brought up to speed on the file.

That tidbit prompted us to file an access request seeking any and all briefing materials and correspondence prepared for or sent to Kanellakos about the tunnel study.

Actually, slight tangent, the original request included the words “briefing notes” but that was apparently too specific for the FOI folks. “Based on an extensive review of our records, it has been concluded that the City of Ottawa does not have any documents that meet the description of your request,” O’Connor wrote in an earlier letter.

So, “briefing materials” it is for now and ever after on access requests.

Alas, as O’Connor wrote in his second letter, the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act gives the city the right to deny access to records if the record or the information contained in the record will be published within 90 days after the request is made.

“City of Ottawa staff has advised that the information found in the responsive records will be published publicly during the week of August 25, 2016,” the letter said.

At that time, the information will be located here, the city says.

Mark your calendar.
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