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“Sunshine List” Called Privacy Invasion

PRIVACY

January 17, 2014

A battle is brewing over the “Sunshine List,” which—if approved by the Calgary City Council after it meets on January 27—would make public “the wages, the expense accounts, the benefits, the pensions and, where it applies, the severance payouts of those at the city who score an annual base salary over $100,000,” Calgary Sun reports. Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 38 President Peter Marsden is among those raising concerns, the report notes. “I see it as an invasion of privacy. We have to respect people’s privacy. The privacy issue trumps other issues,” he said. Citing other provinces and cities that have lists, the report notes that one of those other issues “is the public’s right to know where its money is going.”
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