Friday, February 15, 2013

The Real PavCo Shows Its Face


Bob Mackin makes frequent Freedom Of Information requests involving PavCo, the public corporation that ran wild with the Convention Center ($500 million cost overrun), BC Place ($450 million cost overruns), and various other assorted venues and structures.

And some that don't even quite exist yet - including halted (so far?) Casino Industrial Complex next to the magic carpet atop BC Place..

Thus, given how much has gone sideways (to put it kindly) at PavCo it is clear that we could use more FOI's from Mr. Mackin.

Unfortunately, if the real PavCo gets its way we will get absolutely nothing in the future.

Mr. Mackin has that story at his blog:

...PavCo Assistant Corporate Secretary and Freedom of Information Manager Alexandra Wagner notified me on Feb. 15, 2013 that PavCo filed an application on Feb. 13, 2013 under Section 43 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner

Section 43, headlined “Power to authorize a public body to disregard requests,” allows a public body to ask the Information and Privacy Commissioner to authorize the disregarding of requests that “would unreasonably interfere with the operations of the public body because of the repetitious or systematic nature of the requests, or are frivolous or vexatious.”

It seems I am too curious about about PavCo, the companies it hires, the money it spends, the Vancouver Whitecaps and B.C. Lions rental payments (or lack thereof), and the half-billion-dollars of taxpayers' money spent on the stadium renovation, which is now being examined by the Office of the Auditor General. (At least four of John Doyle's staffers, I am told, were seen touring the stadium on Feb. 8.)

PavCo's goal is to refuse to disclose any of my requests from Feb. 13, 2013 onward. 

PavCo wants to shut me down...

Unbelievable, no?

Personally, it is my opinion that a full public inquiry into the comings and goings and cronyism of all things PavCo should be another BC NDP election platform item.



Anonymous said...

And lieberal candidate Peter Fassbender is chair of Pavco riht?

RossK said...

You bet.

Circle the wagons, indeed.