Councillor fighting for access to LRT land deals

By Laura Osman, CBC News Ottawa, March 21, 2018

An Ottawa city councillor is going to extraordinary lengths to gain access to information about expropriations and land deals that has been kept secret from the public and most council members.

Complicating matters is the fact that it was councillors themselves who demanded the information be kept under wraps.

'I think the public has a right to know how their tax dollars are spent on purchasing this land.' - Coun. Rick Chiarelli
The agreements between the city and landowners with property along the first phase of the Confederation light rail line have been kept sealed since 2012, when council voted unanimously to keep the information private until all the deals are settled.

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