Stratford’s 2021 Code of Silence Award

CBC article reports on Stratford’s honour of being Canada’s “most secretive” municipality in 2021. “There’s a real problem with openness, and transparency and respect for the public.”– Jim Turk, director, Centre for Free Expression.

Turk said the report also shone a light on some the systemic problems when it came to council sharing information with the public and journalists.

“When people made requests for information, the city demanded, in our view, an exorbitant price for supplying it. In the case of one request, they wanted $8,850 to provide the information.”

More in this article from the Stratford Beacon Herald Second report finds Stratford council regularly broke closed-meeting rules.