The headline above sounds brutal, but it's fairly accurate when you consider that freelance journalists have to make a living by their wits.
One of the best in the business, Bob Mackin, wanted to find out more about the premier's plans for a $3-billion bridge to nowhere. Well, not exactly nowhere—just to connect farmland in Delta to farmland in Richmond, all for the glory of future real-estate speculators who contribute to the B.C. Liberals.
Mackin reports on his blog that he filed a request for the business case for the bridge.
He was told there were 60 pages of records.
And if he wanted to see them, it would cost $126.
"I am a frequent requester via FOI and never has a government of any level in Canada asked me to pay so much for so little," Mackin writes on his blog. "What is going on?"
It sounds like coverups on this future boondoggle have already begun before the first contract has even been awarded.