Rea is now a City Councillor, having been elected last fall, and she’s trying to get the reports released through council now, too. She’s tabled a motion, to be heard Feb. 10, that would make them all publicly available. She thought she had enough support to get the motion passed, Rea says in an interview, but now isn’t sure. The city solicitor has warned Councillors that releasing the reports could break confidentiality agreements.
This seems an odd concern. The reports, one from economists at the University of Alberta, and others from consultants such as Raymond James and KPMG, were commissioned by the city and received by the city. It would be highly unusual for a consultant to tell a client what they could do with the information provided to it. Besides, the city already has released some details of the reports publicly, in using elements of them to buttress its case for the arena. So, cherry-picking the reports is OK, but releasing them whole is illegal? Interesting. Source: National Post – Scott Stinson