I have remained silent through this difficult period until now, and am issuing this statement as a result of my concerns about ongoing discussions involving Council. Like our provincial Ombudsman Mr. Marin, I take issue with Mr. Basse’s flawed process and final report, which ultimately maligns my character including false accusations about my approaches to covering current events at City Hall. As a result I have experienced duress including concerns for my livelihood as an honest journalist covering municipal matters.
Basse’s report must be rejected and rescinded from the public record, and a new process may be required.
Also I have been advised that the Ontario Provincial Police are investigating these matters, and I am fully cooperating with the OPP investigation. Out of respect for due process, I will not make any further comment.
I wish to thank all who have offered support during this difficult time. I remain committed to municipal transparency and plan in due course to return to covering City Hall per my plan outlined at Raise the Hammer: http://raisethehammer.org/
Joey, I have a huge amount of respect for you. I would have given up long ago in this constant struggle with a dysfunctional city hall. Nothing is ever easy, not even a simple request for information. I think your work in bringing attention to these idiotic practices is absolutely necessary to the citizens of Hamilton. I would hate to see you quit!! I wish you luck in finding an honest person at City Hall to support your important work.
You are a professional that practices your craft with integrity, you are an inspiration for the future of journalism.
Thank you for the honest effort that you consistently put forward to improve the lives of those in our community.
Your friend and fan,