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
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."
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
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.
For further information:
For further information: Michael Dunn, (902) 229-5378