WINNIPEG – One Winnipeg city councillor is tired of waiting for a report on Portage and Main to be released.
Jeff Browaty, who is against opening the intersection, is demanding that a taxpayer-funded study on the traffic impacts be made public.
He says the study was granted exactly one year ago tomorrow, and hopes the report’s findings are soon made public in the sake of transparency.
“I hope at the end of the day that we do a real, meaningful public consultation on the issue. If Winnipeggers overwhelmingly say we want it open, so be it. But I don’t think that’s the case based on communications I’ve had with constituents. I did an informal poll on my Facebook group, and overwhelmingly people want to see it closed.”
Browaty says he tried to get his hands on a copy of the report in January, but the CAO said no and that it will take a while before the report is made public.
In response, the North Kildonan councillor filed a freedom of information request.
“30 days later, I got a response back saying the city is exercising the option of delaying the release of that information for 90 days from the original filing of the FIPPA request. I don’t know why.”
The opening of Portage and Main to pedestrians has been one of Mayor Brian Bowman’s big goals, and it has been a divisive idea among Winnipeggers.
Browaty and the mayor are also on rocky ground now after the councillor was removed from the police board for comments about educating city workers about residential schools.