The Toronto Sun’s Don Peat reports on a funny exchange between Gord Perks and city staff after he and Shelley Carroll were ejected from a media briefing relating to today’s garbage announcement. Apparently councillors were allowed to send a staffer, but were not permitted to attend themselves:
[City spokesperson Jackie] DeSouza and [general manger of Solid Waste Services Geoff] Rathbone then went to talk privately. When they came back, DeSouza said if Perks stayed, they would have to call off the briefing.
“It’s not fair that we told other councillors that they can’t come,” she said.
Perks agreed, partly.
“No, you’re right, it’s not fair you told councillors that they can’t come,” he said.
It’s a weird situation — shouldn’t councillors be briefed before the media?