When I asked that PDFs of a public consultation be online asap, was I being unreasonable? After all I don't really know how things work inside the city. Maybe there is some labourious process involved in creating the PDF files.
In answer to my own question: no. It is not unreasonable.
The consultation page was updated last night and the PDFs are up (7 days later). Using the "strings" command that's available on Linux or OS/X you can reach in and see when the PDF files were created (see table below).
Turns out it took under 3 minutes to make the PDF files. My guess is someone at the city, probably the same person who sends digital files to a printer, was finally tasked with clicking "File -> Save as PDF" six days after the public meeting took place. Not coincidentally, (and despite my email asking staff to do this anyway), it happened the day after a resident poked the councillor. So kudos to the councillor for responding but it shouldn't have to come to this (seemingly everytime).
— David Chernushenko (@chernushenko) September 24, 2013
It then took another full 24 hours to upload the files to Ottawa.ca - even though it runs Drupal (same software as the site you're reading this on). It has file-attachment features built in.
So no - it is never unreasonable to ask that PDFs of important information be put online before a meeting starts. All we're asking for is an extra 2 minutes and 46 seconds.
Apparently that's too much to ask for.
|Poster PDF||Created Time|
|Panels Option||2013-09-25 15:38:38|
|Curve Option||2013-09-25 15:39:03|
|Waves Option||2013-09-25 15:39:31|
|Site Information||2013-09-25 15:39:54|
|Public Art||2013-09-25 15:40:13|