The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Saskatchewan magazine sues to get information on uranium deal with village

  • Print

REGINA - A Saskatchewan magazine is hoping the courts can accomplish what the province’s privacy commissioner has not been able to do.

Editors from Briarpatch Magazine have been trying to get documents from the northern Village of Pinehouse on agreements it has with uranium mining companies Areva and Cameco (TSX:CCO).

Pinehouse Mayor Mike Natomagan is named as the defendant on the statement of claim filed Tuesday in Court of Queen's Bench in Regina.

The non-profit magazine filed a freedom of information request in April 2013, and Saskatchewan privacy commissioner Gary Dickson recommended that Natomagan provide the requested material.

The statement of claim asks for the financial statements of Pinehouse Business North, a subsidiary corporation of the village; documents that show the distribution of year-end surpluses or losses to Pinehouse from its subsidiary; and copies of correspondence between the uranium companies and the subsidiary regarding payments to the village.

Valerie Zink, a plaintiff on the statement of claim and former Briarpatch editor said the village has not complied with the freedom of information request and that's why the magazine has filed the lawsuit.

“Well, ideally, I think we would be seeing action from the province,” she said. “It shouldn’t be the responsibility of private citizens to enforce provincial legislation.”

The 11-year, $200-million agreement was signed in December 2012.

It is available online on the village’s website. But what is posted online does not include the specific information originally asked in the freedom of information request.

Dickson recommended the plaintiffs take their case to court if Natomagan did not comply.

“It’s actually happened very seldom — surprisingly rare that the Court of Queen’s Bench is involved in these. In fact, I’ve been here 10 years and three months and there are only two cases I can think of in that whole time which have resulted in applications to the Court of Queen’s Bench,” said Dickson.

Dickson says people may be deterred because of the financial burden caused by taking a case to court.

Natomagan could not be reached for comment. He has 20 days to file a statement of defence in the case.

(CKBI, MBC)

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Chief justices breakdown cameras in courtroom project

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Gardening Column- Assiniboine Park English Garden. July 19, 2002.
  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Gardening Column- Assiniboine Park English Garden. July 19, 2002.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What are you most looking forward to this Easter weekend?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google