The provincial government's new freedom of information release policy doesn't just hurt journalists at weekly newspapers and monthly publications. It also hurts the New Democrats.
In the past, the opposition has had the ability to stockpile freedom of information request responses - deploying them what they can do the most damage to the government. But this policy means the New Democrats will no longer going to be able to do that. If they get a particularly juicy response over the summer or winter holidays, that's when they'll have to roll it out - no waiting for question period or an election.
Last week, the Council of the Federation was criticized for having corporations sponsor its recent summer meeting in Vancouver. But it's unlikely the council will put a stop to that practice.
After all, those sponsorships have been under fire since at least 1996. Back then, the Edmonton Journal's Linda Goyette wrote letting corporations pick up the tab for such meetings "not only creates an impression of conflict of interest, and undue influence, it is a de facto conflict. It suggests the premiers, and their legislatures, endorse Canadian Airlines over Air Canada, CNR over CPR, Nova Corp. over every other energy company, and TELUS over every other communications company." But such criticism didn't stop that practice back then and it certainly won't now.