The BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) is a non-partisan, non-profit society that was established in 1991 to promote and defend freedom of information and privacy rights in Canada. Our goal is to empower citizens by increasing their access to information and their control over their own personal information. We serve a wide variety of individuals and organizations through programs of public education, public assistance, research, and law reform. We are one of very few public interest groups in Canada devoted solely to the advancement of freedom of information (FOI) and privacy rights.
Yes! I want to become a member of FIPA
From the very beginning, FIPA has drawn on community support to protect citizen rights. As we look forward to another twenty years of service, we hope that you’ll consider joining that community!
By joining FIPA, you will become a member of the only group in Canada exclusively devoted to advancing freedom of information and privacy rights.
You will enjoy benefits like our regular bulletin, updating you on important news about the fight to preserve and improve FOI and privacy. You will get notice of upcoming important events in the world of information rights, and you will have a voice in how this Association goes about its business.
Organization members also receive special discounts on FIPA conferences and workshops. Most of all, you’ll be part of a growing network of people committed to protecting information rights in Canada. So join us, and help us fight for your access and privacy rights!
To create your membership, please create a new account (click the link in “Don’t have an account? Create one”) and follow the instructions.
If you are already a member, this form can be used to renew your annual membership.
Your privacy is important to us, and our website will guide you through a secure process.
Want to send a cheque instead? Download the membership form and send it to us at: #103 – 1093 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V6H 1E2
Have questions? Contact us.
We offer Freedom of Information (FOI) workshops to anyone interested in learning the practical skills needed to start accessing information held by government bodies and exercising their right to know.
There are two workshop formats: FOI 101 and FOI 201. The 101 is an introductory course that outlines the steps to crafting an effective request and successfully following it through. The 201 is a more advanced course for those already familiar with the FOI process.
If you’re interested in organizing or participating in an FOI workshop, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Workshops are entirely free thanks to our generous funding through the Law Foundation of BC.
FIPA is telling stories related to freedom of information and privacy in a new way. Data Subjects is a podcast that explores the challenges and successes of being a digital citizen.
You can listen to Data Subjects through the plugin below or you can find the show in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. Be sure to subscribe in order to keep up to date with the latest episodes. And if you like what you’re hearing, please give the show a rating!
As we learned in the first episode of the podcast, BC’s Freedom of Information laws were created in order to ensure that public records belong to the public, which is a fundamental principle to our democracy.
Citizens in a democratic nation must have a right of access to information about their government in order to make informed choices. But prior to 1992, we didn’t have these rights in BC. And now, we’re at risk of losing them again due to something called information laundering.
The first two episodes of Data Subjects looks at the history of BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. In the nearly 30 years since the Act was passed, much has changed in the information and privacy landscape.
You’ll hear from FIPA’s co-founder and first executive director, Darrell Evans; co-founder and second Information and Privacy Commissioner, David Loukidelis; Colin Gableman, the Attorney General that introduced the legislation; Barry Jones, the MLA who pushed for the Act in the legislature; Rob Botterell, the chief bureaucrat drafting the legislation; Murray Rankin, the special adviser to the Attorney General; Vaughn Palmer, the Vancouver Sun’s political columnist; Michael McEvoy, the current Information and Privacy Commissioner; Glen Clark, former BC Premier; Alexandra Wieland, information and privacy archivist at SFU; and more.
Policing Info World
In this special edition episode of our Data Subjects podcast, we revisit our Policing Info World conference. On May 23, 2019, we co-hosted a conference that explored the data behind crime, law enforcement, and surveillance. Along with department of criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the BC Civil Liberties Association, we heard from experts in law enforcement, academia, and the legal profession. As this was a full-day conference, this episode is very long. This conference wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our sponsors: CUPE BC, News Media Canada, and Web exPress.
|00:07:49||Panel 1: Data and New |
Surveillance Modes and
|00:08:17||Moderator: Mike Larsen |
(Professor and Co-Chair,
Department of Criminology,
|00:10:00||Michelle Davey |
Investigative Support Services,
|00:28:00||Dr. Wade Deisman (Associate |
Dean, Faculty of Arts, Kwantlen
|00:50:10||Josh Paterson (Executive Director, BC Civil Liberties Association)|
|01:46:00||Panel 2: Data and Predictive |
|01:46:30||Moderator: Dr. Carroll Boydell |
|01:48:02||Ryan Prox (S/Constable, Crime |
Analytics Advisory &
Development Unit, Vancouver
|01:48:27||Mike Larsen (Professor, |
Department of Criminology,
|02:13:00||Panel 3: Data and Bias-Free |
|02:13:16||Moderator: Sara Neuert |
(Executive Director, BC Freedom
of Information and Privacy
|02:14:43||Dylan Mazur (Community Lawyer, |
BC Civil Liberties Association)
|02:31:36||Michelle A. Cameron (Advisor /|
Investigator, the University of
|03:27:09||Panel 4: Data and the Border|
|03:27:24||Moderator: Mark Hosak (Director |
of Community Engagement, BC
|03:29:19||Peter Edelmann (Immigration |
Lawyer, Edelmann and Company
|03:58:41||Meghan McDermott (Staff |
Counsel, BC Civil Liberties
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