CAIR’s passing will be mourned by regular visitors to the CAIRS online data base,
currently managed by David McKie. Originally viewed as a threat to access, the Coordination
of Access to Information Requests System became a pool of story ideas and
sources for enterprising journos. Beyond our own journalistic interests, the decision to kill CAIRS raises bigger questions about a government that came to
power boasting promises of greater transparency.

CAIR’s passing will be mourned by regular visitors to the CAIRS online data base,
currently managed by David McKie. Originally viewed as a threat to access, the Coordination
of Access to Information Requests System became a pool of story ideas and
sources for enterprising journos. Beyond our own journalistic interests, the decision to kill CAIRS raises bigger questions about a government that came to
power boasting promises of greater transparency.

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Patricia W. Elliott is a magazine journalist and assistant professor at the School of Journalism, University of Regina. You can visit her at patriciaelliott.ca.