Amidst all the chaos otherwise known as Vancouver City Hall these days, I received an email from a friend of mine who posed a very simple question. She states "Why would a civic government who claims to be so concerned about openness and transparency put a gag on Judy Rogers?"
That email got me thinking, why can't we hear from the former City Manager? What is it that Vancouver City Council doesn't want the media and citizens of Vancouver to know about? Surely there is no justifiable reason that Judy Rogers is presumably not being allowed to speak to the media and give her side of the story. How does her silence help shed any light on the Olympic Village issue or support the government's efforts at openness and transparency?
All we know is Rogers is gone, and that she has received a severance package. But why does the Mayor and Council not want her to speak? As the former City Manager, it would be expected that she could shed a lot more light on this file than almost anyone left at City Hall.
Vancouver Council re-convenes on Tuesday. If they are committed to openness and transparency, then why not pass a simple motion requesting that any restrictions placed on Judy Rogers be lifted immediately? Only then can the citizens of Vancouver be assured that all the facts related to this controversy are properly tabled and open to public scrutiny.