We all know the court system moves like a snail.
But CKNW reporter Janet Brown has found something that rivals the slow judicial system: getting information under the federal Access to Information Act. Here’s what happened:
It was almost six years ago — the summer of 2010. I filed an Access to Information request with a federal organization.
Five days later, I received notice saying, “That information could not be provided.”
Weeks later, I filed a complaint to the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada.
This week, year later, I finally received a letter from an investigator with the office who said, “We regret the delay.”
I asked, Why did it take so long? “A large backlog of complaints — over 2,200 – -plus a lack of resources.”
The question remained: Was I still interested in pursuing the complaint?
I don’t think so. After five years, I can’t remember what I was looking for!