WATERFRONT LEASE: Critics considering FOI request

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Chuck Charlebois, president of Groupe Renaissance Group, speaks with a supporter at a protest.

CORNWALL, Ontario - Critics of the waterfront tank project in Cornwall will consider filing a Freedom of Information Act request to get their hands on a lease agreement for the property in question.

Chuck Charlebois, chair of Groupe Renaissance Group, said in an interview a collection of agencies that also includes the local chamber of commerce and the waterfront development committee, will meet Monday to map out a strategy.

Part of the discussion will involve filing an application to make public the lease agreement that even has city councillors up in arms over its secrecy.

"I think there is a case to get that information provided," said Charlebois.

City councillors were dismayed Thursday night when they found out that the document between Transport Canada and Trillium Distribution will remain under wraps for now.

“At this point in time I can only imagine it is for legal matters that they don’t believe they are obliged to dispose of it and they choose not to,” said Mayor Bob Kilger at Thursday's meeting. “It would certainly be very helpful to have full disclosure with the lease.”

Organizations: Groupe Renaissance Group, Transport Canada

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario

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