A tipster called my voicemail earlier this week. Though we have caller ID in the newsroom, there was no number registered to this caller.
A male called, telling me I should look into the old Expositor building. You see, he’d heard the builders are putting five stories into our former home and he was pretty sure the building couldn’t fit more than four.
This was an easy one to answer.
Back in the spring Vicano Construction went to a community development committee meeting for an additional rezoning and variances to allow for a fifth storey in certain portions of 53 Dalhousie St. We actually published an article on the change.
Full disclosure: Vicano purchased 53 Dalhousie St. from Sunmedia. The Expositor’s current offices at 195 Henry St. are in a building constructed by the same company.
Now the caller claimed the permit at the site doesn’t reflect the added 10 suites and fifth storey in a portion of the building. That may be the case, I haven’t been by the site to see any posted permits— in which case those permits should have been amended when council granted the change at the end of May.
So, conspiracy-minded readers, tips are great. I love ‘em. But if you’re going to leave a tip, contact information of some kind would be appreciated so we can reach you if we need additional information. Worried about disclosing your identity? Those protections can in most cases be discussed with the responding journalist.
In this particular case, I could have dealt with the tip and perhaps learned enough to pursue it further if need be. But no contact info was left, so that tip remains filed wherever useless tips get filed.