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A simple question, a blizzard of bureaucracy

A simple question, a blizzard of bureaucracy

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We asked the National Research Council a simple question: Tell us about this joint study you've been doing on snow with NASA.
The federal departtment never agreed to an interview. It sent an email instead, without much information.
But first it took a small army of staffers to decide how to answer it -- and 50 pages of emails back and forth to circulate the question, develop a response, and "massage" the text of their answer.
We asked the National Research Council a simple question: Tell us about this joint study you've been doing on snow with NASA.
The federal departtment never agreed to an interview. It sent an email instead, without much information.
But first it took a small army of staffers to decide how to answer it -- and 50 pages of emails back and forth to circulate the question, develop a response, and "massage" the text of their answer.

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11April2012Ourfile:A2011-0063PROTECTEDMr.TomSpears529CourtenayAvenueOttawa,ONK2A382DearMr,Spears:Thisisinresponsetotherequestyoumadeunderthe
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financial,commercial,scientificortechnicalinformationthatisconfidentialinformationsuppliedtoagovernmentinstitutionbyathirdpartyandistreatedconsistentlyinaconfidentialmannerbythethirdparty;
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informationthatissuppliedinconfidencetoagovernmentinstitutionbyathirdpartyforthepreparation,maintenance,testingorimplementationbythegovernmentinstitutionofemergencymanagementplanswithinthemeaningofsection
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informationthedisclosureofwhichcouldreasonablybeexpectedtoresultinmaterialfinanciallossorgainto,orcouldreasonablybeexpectedtoprejudicethecompetitivepositionof,athirdparty;or
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informationthedisclosureofwhichcouldreasonablybeexpectedtointerferewithcontractualorothernegotiationsofathirdparty.OperationsofGovernment-Advices.etc.21.(1)TheheadofagovernmentinstitutionmayrefusetodiscloseanyrecordrequestedunderthisActthatcontains(a)adviceorrecommendationsdevelopedbyorforagovernmentinstitutionoraministeroftheCrown,(b)anaccountofconsultationsordeliberationsinvolvingofficersoremployeesofagovernmentinstitution,aministeroftheCrownorthestaffofaministeroftheCrown,(c)positionsorplansdevelopedforthepurposeofnegotiationscarriedonortobecarriedonbyoronbehalfoftheGovernmentofCanadaandconsiderationsrelatingthereto.
 
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Subject:
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both
JonWardandme.Thx.Jon,MenglstuWaldeistheresearchofficerwho
provided
thetextand
knows
ofour
involvement.
ManyaChadwick
Communications
NRC-IAR/CNRC-IRA
Tel:(613)991-5738
From:
Ward,
Jonathan
Sent:
March-Ol-129:48AM
To:
Chadwick,
Manya
Subject:
RE:Appel
Media
can-
RECEIVED-OttawaCitizenre:NASAprojectwithIAR
HiManya,Hereis
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Appel
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Spears
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tspears@ottawacit[zen.com
613~596-3700

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