StarPhoenix: City staff given 'gentle reminder' on lobbying Print

THE STARPHOENIX MARCH 1, 2012

The City of Saskatoon's planning staff was sent a "gentle reminder" from management about using work email addresses to lobby for or against civic issues.

"It was a gentle reminder not to use the city hall system for their own personal input," said Alan Wallace, the manager of the city's planning and development branch. "They are citizens, they have their own rights to weigh in on certain issues. But where there are issues based in civic policy, any lobbying that's done has to be done on their personal time."

A number of staff members from the Mendel Art Gallery and the city's planning and development branch sent emails asking colleagues to support the move of the Mendel to the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan in online polls conducted by CTV Saskatoon and radio station 650 CKOM two weeks ago. The emails were forwarded to the The StarPhoenix by a number of employees and citizens who say they don't support the move.

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