Resort Municipality of Whistler pledged $350,000 for asphalt plant upgrades 

Community Charter states local government cannot give assistance to private businesses


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Shannon Story, head of the municipality's Freedom of Information department, would not comment on Barratt's reasoning but she said the request was initially denied for three reasons: 1) it revealed the substance of an in camera meeting; 2) it could harm the financial or economic interests of the local government; 3) it could be subject to solicitor-client privilege.

There is no "solicitor-client privilege" label on the agreement, which was released after Bonn appealed it to the provincial Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.

Story decided to release it when council rejected zoning for the asphalt plant's new location and when she discovered that much of the information in the agreement was public already. She then informed the OIPC that she would release it.

"Circumstances had completely changed and I didn't have to hold it back," she said.



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