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The closest to good job - keep it up ever got from the Media and it took a Judge to get them to do it!
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Mississauga News - Apr. 27, 2010 - Editorial
Keep inquiry open
Mississauga Judicial Inquiry commissioner Douglas Cunningham rightly has ruled two local residents will be acknowledged as “citizen journalists” who’ll have open access to raw news feeds of the proceedings.
Donald Barber and Ursula Keuper Bennett, both of whom have a much-publicized history of needling municipal politicians on a variety of “freedom” issues, have been granted standing similar to that of accredited news organizations.
Cunningham’s opinion — “Freedom of expression includes the freedom to know what is happening in public proceedings and to communicate about them” — and subsequent ruling will offer those interested in the inquiry’s outcome multiple and somewhat unique perspectives.
Whether through the eyes of trained, seasoned journalists or the camera lenses of interested residents, full and unfettered access to this inquiry is necessary if the city’s residents are to feel secure the process is an open one.
Only through the most transparent, publicly-accessible proceedings will the suggestion of corruption at City Hall be quelled — or proved. Residents, who will foot the bill for the inquiry, have every right to witness the undertaking that could cost them in excess of $2.5 million.
While some will chafe at the decision to give standing to Barber and Keuper Bennett, based on their long-running antagonistic association with City Hall, each is a Mississauga resident with a vested financial concern, as a taxpayer, in the outcome of the inquiry.
Love ’em or hate ’em, they have earned their place on the inquiry’s sidelines as watchdogs of the public purse.
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cdn41 Apr 29, 2010 3:16 PM
I think this is the first opinion letter posted i've seen with nobodys name attached. Anyone know who wrote this??
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