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Access to Information

Spinning access to information in an age of misinformation
8 months ago

Spinning access to information in an age of misinformation

By  •  Columns
Public interest researcher Ken Rubin on what returned access requests show about the state of government duplicity and transparency in Canada
Canadian Access to Information and Journalism: Obstacles and Opportunities
10 months ago

Canadian Access to Information and Journalism: Obstacles and Opportunities

New research published in Facts and Frictions finds that Canada's federal Access to Information is "a broken system rife with practical and ideological hurdles," causing some journalists to use it only as a last resort and others to advocate for reform
‘People just need proof:’ How health-care media barriers and government obstruction shaped the story of the pandemic  
11 months ago

‘People just need proof:’ How health-care media barriers and government obstruction shaped the story of the pandemic  

Despite ‘hitting a bureaucratic wall,’ journalists explain the importance of challenging hospital media restrictions
Slipshod practices might mean gaps in Canada’s COVID-19 record, info watchdog says
1 year ago

Slipshod practices might mean gaps in Canada’s COVID-19 record, info watchdog says

By  •  News
In the course of investigating complaints, information commissioner Caroline Maynard noticed vulnerabilities to Canada's access regime, some a direct result of the pandemic and others that have simply been worsened by COVID-19
Honey, the pandemic shrunk transparency
2 years ago

Honey, the pandemic shrunk transparency

It's time for the government to take off the mask that disguises and robs us of our public right to know. Trustworthy and revitalized government requires effective access and more public scrutiny
Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom honouree Ken Rubin highlights his top investigative probes
3 years ago

Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom honouree Ken Rubin highlights his top investigative probes

Presented with the Spencer Moore Award for Lifetime Contributions, citizen researcher and Ryerson Centre for Free Expression senior fellow chronicles public impact struggles in health, human rights and more
ATIPs from A to Z
4 years ago

ATIPs from A to Z

What does it take to publish investigative journalism using access to information and privacy requests?
ATIP Twitter bot aims for access reform
4 years ago

ATIP Twitter bot aims for access reform

The bot developed by Laurent Bastien requests already filed access to information requests from the federal government.
Using freedom of information to assist whistleblowers and those under duress
5 years ago

Using freedom of information to assist whistleblowers and those under duress

Some of my most challenging and rewarding access to information work has involved filing access requests with the consent of whistleblowers and individuals under tremendous duress. By way of background, Canada lacks strong whistleblower protection laws that give public (or…
Twitter chat: Everything you wanted to know about Bill C-58
5 years ago

Twitter chat: Everything you wanted to know about Bill C-58

By  •  News, Politics
Join us on Twitter for a wide ranging chat on Bill C-58 and access to information reform.