On May 6, within hours of being served the legal Petition filed by the Community Association of New Yaletown (CANY), the City finally delivered a portion of the information that a CANY member had requested under the Freedom of Information (FOI) act.

Of the 8500+ pages covered by the request, the City delivered just 85 pages—less than one percent. City officials blanked out content totalling roughly 29 of those 85 pages.

The documents arrived more than 90 days past the initial due date set by the City itself. The City’s delays had triggered the BC Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) to fast-track its inquiry into the matter.

CANY is disappointed in the City’s continued withholding of information. We are further troubled by the City’s failure to deliver any of the required documents until after CANY filed legal action.

Read on for a chronology and to see the redacted documents:

Sample Redacted FOI Response Page

Initial FOI Request

On December 13, 2013, a CANY member submitted an FOI request to the City. On December 16, the City responded that the request was too broad. That same date, the applicant amended his request accordingly.

On January 9, 2014, the City finally acknowledged receipt of the request, and the CANY member paid the required deposit the next day. The FOI Request was for:

All email correspondence between Brian Jackson, Penny Ballem, Mike Magee, Michael Flannigan and Kent Munro with regards to the 508 Helmcken rezoning and the 1099 Richards rezoning from August 1, 2012 to December 13, 2013.”

The City set itself a due date of January 30—the maximum allowed by law—to deliver the requested documents.

City Delays

As of February 4, the City still had not provided the requested documents. The FOI applicant requested an update on the status.

That same day, the City replied: