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Revised: Why FOI Requests Are SO Time consuming

By Roy L Hales

After waiting for almost seven weeks, I just received notice that the waiting period for a freedom of information (FOI) request I made has been extended to 60 days. My first thought was what is the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) hiding? This arose from my ignorance. At the SRD Board meeting, I heard a different perspective on why FOI requests are so time consuming.

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Electoral Service Committee Did Not Acknowledge Cortes Island’s Grant-In-Aid Applications

By Roy L Hales

An item is missing from the May 8 minutes of the Strathcona Regional District Board’s Electoral Service Committee. There is no reference to Cortes Island’s Grant-In-Aid Applications, though they were on the agenda. This was the result of a conscious decision made by three of the four Regional Directors (Jim Abram, Brenda Leigh & Gerald Whalley). The Electoral Service Committee did not acknowledge Cortes Island’s Grant in Aid Applications.

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Klahoose Grant-In Aid Approved

By Roy L Hales

There were two key Cortes items at the Strathcona Regional District Board’s April 25 meeting. Chair Michele Babchuk said the SRD hopes to hold a final consultation meeting, regarding funding for first responders funding and the island’s two community halls, in early June. We may be looking at a referendum next Fall. Also, the Klahoose Nation’s Grant-in-Aid application was approved. 

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Bertha Jeffery Responds

The article that follows consists of personal opinion and is not necessarily the opinion of Cortes Radio, its board, employees or volunteers. 

By Roy L Hales

On January 2, 2019, fourteen Cortes residents filed a legal petition, in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, stating that Regional Director “Anderson took money from her constituents for personal gain and a number of these same constituents received gifts and grants in return.” Many of the twelve individuals and seven non-profit organizations named in this document felt it was an attack on their integrity. Approximately half of the island’s adult population signed an open letter protesting the petition and the SRD’s failure to support their Director. In a recent Facebook exchange one of the better known petitioners said they have been misrepresented. Bertha Jeffery responds to criticisms of the legal petition.

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