The CBC is currently locked in a Federal Court battle to protect its programming costs from being released to the public. A few months ago I prepared an Access to Information Request because I want to look into what programs are burning through money for what reasons. I want to know how much Kady O'Malley spends on her public account that is kept private. I want to know how much Terry Milewski is spending as he follows our Prime Minister around the world. I want to know how much each program earns in revenue, ratings, and what they spend.
The problem is that if I send my Access to Information request to the CBC, I am wasting $5 because they will simply cite section 68.1 of the Access to Information Act which states: "This Act does not apply to any information that is under the control of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that relates to its journalistic, creative or programming activities, other than information that relates to its general administration."
I find it interesting that the above would even be included in the access to information act, when it is perfectly acceptable to want to investigate their spending practices, which are subsidized by tax payers to the tune of 1.2 billion dollars last year. Milewski wants all documents outlining our active combat operations in Afghanistan made public, but his own expense account, that's off limits. It is okay to compromise the safety and security of our Armed Forces, but we can't compromise Terry's journalistic "creativity".