Lotto Questions No.3 - (more questions worth asking)



    HALIFAX, Nov. 9 /CNW/ - LottoFairness.ca is delighted that Atlantic Lotto
has issued a news release publicly announcing the winner of its Request for
Proposal (RFP) No.2007-11 for Media Planning and Buying Services. See
www.alc.ca/English/AboutALC/MediaRoom/CorporateReleases/Article.aspx?id=1696&c
ategoryId=1000.
    However, we could not help but notice the following statement in Atlantic
Lotto's November 5 news release: "The above announcement is in accordance with
ALC's Freedom of Information Policy and the access to information legislation
in the four (4) Atlantic Provinces."

    We're curious:

    
    1. There are 56 news releases, covering the period 2003-2007, posted on
       the Atlantic Lotto website:
       www.alc.ca/English/AboutALC/MediaRoom/CorporateReleases/. Yet this is
       the first news release to announce a contract award (excluding the
       belated admission of the foreign iBingo contract). If the November 5
       announcement is according to Policy, then where are all the news
       releases announcing previous Atlantic Lotto procurements?

    2. This development wouldn't have any thing to do with our
       LottoFairness.ca campaign, would it? Given the way Atlantic Lotto has
       criticized our campaign, we're a bit surprised to see them adopting
       our premise.

    3. If Atlantic Lotto's Freedom of Information Policy requires disclosure
       of the media planning and buying contract, then why did the Policy not
       also require disclosure of the iBingo contract that Atlantic Lotto
       secretly awarded to a foreign company?

    4. Can Atlantic Lotto tell us, in clear and straightforward language, how
       it decides which contract awards to announce and which to keep secret?

    5. Atlantic Lotto has argued that it did not need to tender the iBingo
       contract, the one it gave to a foreign company. (We disagree, but
       that's not our question.) Does Atlantic Lotto seriously believe that
       just because a contract is not tendered the award of that contract
       does not have to be announced to the public?
    

    LottoFairness.ca is a campaign to ensure that Atlantic Lotto never makes
secret, untendered deals again.




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