Is Vancouver treating civic affairs reporters fairly? The city manager has surveyed a range of cities to find out

Ever since the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, when the City of Vancouver’s public relations apparatus received a major upgrade , city hall reporters have been bending the ears of councillors with complaints.

In the the good old days, back in 2007, they could call any city staff person and interview them on and off the record. City Hall was a reporter’s paradise, with spin doctors restricted to Mayor Sam Sullivan’s office and senior city staff accessible at all hours of the day and night. And so on.

Now, they, say, it takes days to get a call back if you get one at all from behind the closed doors of the city communications branch.

Not long ago, council asked city manager Penny Ballem to report on the current state of affairs. Her detailed response is here.

Read and discuss among yourselves.