SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – In an update to an ongoing story, on behalf of Sault Online I filed a freedom of information request from the City of Sault Ste. Marie regarding their news media spending.
As previously reported, City Hall stonewalled the initial request to provide proof of where tax dollars go to media spending.
The City requested we file a Freedom of Information Act R.S.O. 1990 request for the information.
One of the stated purposes of the Act is to provide a right of access to information that should be provided to the public.
We were requested to provide exactly what we are looking for, spelled out and this is exactly what we put in our request.
“I’m looking for information on the city spending within the media. Including advertising, notices etc. within the departments. Specifically, for spending with SooToday and Sault Star from 2015 until July of 2020.”
Upon receiving a request from city solicitor Jeffery King for clarification we explained further.
For your clarification, I am looking for the individual total spend per news media company.
- 2015 $xxx.xxx went to Sault Star
- 2015 $xxx.xxx went to SooToday
- 2020 $xxx.xxx Explore Magazine (Paidvertorial on May 27, 2020)
The FOI was officially filed on September 25 (2020) according to the act the city has 28 days to respond to the request.
If you have any other municipal issues you would like me to investigate feel free to reach out to me or our newsroom.