Follow-up phone call to check on status of information request Tuesday.
Told the information has been compiled but is being verified and they don’t know when they will be done that step. "Soon."
I’m pretty sure their definition of "soon" and my own are worlds apart.
Wednesday I get what I asked for, as well as a statement by the departmental spokesperson that she had seen my blog.
Coincidence? You be the judge.
Of course, I emailed back to ask for clarifications (which is why getting the info by email is annoying because you can’t actually get immediate clarification if you don’t understand something). And I’m still waiting for even an acknowledgement of that email.
March 30, 2009:
Prime land, in a prime part of Winnipeg, that any number of developers wants to get their hands on. And yet there it sits, almost five years after being deserted, and the only thing moving on the base are dust bunnies.
I know there is now a pending lawsuit by first nations trying to get that land designated as a treaty land entitlement but the department should have been able to get the transfer completed long before that lawsuit arrived.
The Princess Pats moved out in late 2004. The lawsuit wasn't filed until January 2008. There was plenty of time between the two for work to be done but I'm starting to understand why the land just sat there for years and nothing happened.
Why is this? Because apparently the Department of National Defence can't even pull some basic information about the land without a ridiculous delay.
Two weeks ago I asked the department for a clarification and additional information about the $673,000 it spent in 2007-08 to maintain 110 empty homes around Kapyong.
Two weeks later they have been unable to answer any of those questions.
I was told a week ago they don't know when they might be able to tell me. But they "thank me for my patience."
If it takes more than two weeks to get basic information about how much it is costing to maintain the homes and barracks it is far more understandable how nothing has happened to actually get something done with that land.