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B.C.’s proposed FOI fee threatens ‘Indigenous Peoples, families and communities’
11 months ago

B.C.’s proposed FOI fee threatens ‘Indigenous Peoples, families and communities’

By  •  Columns
Fees could make it harder for small outlets like IndigiNews to justify filing shot-in-the-dark info requests — like the one that led to its birth alerts investigation, writes reporter Anna McKenzie
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
Suspending freedom of information cannot be made permanent
2 years ago

Suspending freedom of information cannot be made permanent

Canadian authorities have been using the pandemic to further slow access requests since last March. But transparency and essential rights are not something you can put on hold
The lost year of the FOI
2 years ago

The lost year of the FOI

By  •  News, Law
Access to information is one of the many democratic functions taking a hit in the wake of a pandemic – and that’s really bad news as emergency measures are executed at a rapid pace to stem the crisis
Trudeau’s government continues to fall short on media’s access to information
3 years ago

Trudeau’s government continues to fall short on media’s access to information

Bill C-58 is in its final stages. What happens to the public’s right-to-know if it passes?
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
The best of the worst in government secrecy
4 years ago

The best of the worst in government secrecy

By  •  News
2018 Code of Silence winners announced.
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…