The announcement that the family of Elizabeth Warren has settled its $2.8 million lawsuit with the City of Guelph and four other defendants, raises a serious question of transparency when public money is used.
The death of this promising teenager when public washroom collapsed on her, was a devastating event not only to her parents but her schoolmates and the community.
Bill Stewart, manager of procurement and risk services, stated the terms of the settlement are confidential.
Why? The public has a right to know how its money is being spent.
It is important to know the proportion of the settlement payment that was divided between the four defendants.
How will this charge show up in the city’s budget that the Guerilla suspects has been buried in the 2010 budget?
This is yet another example of the secrecy surrounding legal settlements made by the city. The cost to the city of the dismissals of Larry Kotseff and Douglas Kennedy, two senior civil servants, was not revealed until a freedom of information request unearthed the details.
Is this part of the new city communications initiative?