Thursday, December 6, 2007

Waiting for Marleau......

Thursday December 6

Spoke to the lovely Vivian several days ago. The "process" is unfolding, but she can't be more specific than that. I should be grateful that there is a process I know, I'm just glad I'm not relying on it to get out of a cage in Syria.

Monday, November 19

It's 11 months from my original Access to Information Act request. Vivian, in the Office of the Information Commissioner, has met DND person, and seen the information that was denied on September 17, 2007, and as I understand her, is also mystified as to why the DND would send me 73 pages of nothing.

Meanwhile, we learn from the Globe and Mail on Friday November 16 that a list of prisoners taken by Canadians was provided to the Afghan National Police and/or Army on transfer, so we have some evidence that DND records actually exist.

Further, the Globe published a request for special boots for Canadian prison inspectors to use in tours of Afghan prisons, because of the risk of walking through blood and fecal material. This is almost difficult to believe.

Thursday, November 8

Spoke to Vivian (it might be Vivien) Lanthier, my investigator at the Office of the Information Commissioner, who sounds fabulously efficient. Meeting arranged at DND to review my file November 14. We're getting traction.

Friday, November 2

Yay! I have an investigator for my appeal, Vivian Lanthier. Meanwhile, the Globe and Mail has published an editorial concerning the restriction of access to information, via the Access to Information Act, much championed by Stephen Harper when he was in Opposition. Apparently the Office of the Privy Council (housing the Prime Minister's Gophers) has become involved in "vetting" ATI requests. This may explain 10 months delay for 73 pages of nothing.