2001 FIPA Awards!

The 2001 Freedom of Information and Privacy Awards

November 19, 2001 7:00 pm
Ramada Inn
898 West Broadway
Vancouver, B.C.


Arvay Finlay Barristers
Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA)
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
BC Library Association
BC Teachers Federation
Canadian Newspaper Association
Canadian Taxpayers Federation
David F. Sutherland & Associates
Dr. Scott and Terri Cornell
Kearney Funeral Services
The Law Foundation of British Columbia
MacLeod & Company LLP
The PACE Group
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
Trial Lawyers Association of BC

The Awards

The Freedom of Information and Privacy Awards are given annually to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to information rights in Canada. Awards are given in in four categories:

1. WHISTLEBLOWER AWARDS – For taking action to disclose information that is vital to the public interest, in spite of personal risk.

2. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AWARDS – For outstanding and publicly beneficial use of a freedom of information act in Canada.

3. PRIVACY ADVOCATE AWARD – For outstanding contribution to the advancement of privacy rights in Canada.

4. INFORMATION RIGHTS AWARD – For lifetime contribution to freedom of information and privacy rights in Canada.

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Richard Rosenberg, Dept. of Computer Science, UBC:

“Is the enemy us? — New threats to privacy, freedom of information and civil liberties in the age of terrorism”

Prof. Rosenberg is an author, privacy advocate and Vice President of Electronic Frontier Canada, an internet civil liberties group.

This Year’s Winners

Freedom of Information award:

ANDREW McINTOSH — An award-winning investigative reporter with the National Post, McIntosh used the Access to Information Act to break the “Shawinigate” story about Jean Chretien’s involvement in obtaining government grants for businessmen in his riding. As an instructor, McIntosh has taught over 500 journalists how to make effective use of FOI laws.

Privacy Advocate Award:

STEPHANIE PERRIN — As former Director of Privacy Policy for Industry Canada’s Electronic Commerce Task Force, Ms. Perrin led the legislative initiative that culminated in the passing of Canada’s new Personal Information Protection Act.

Information Rights Award:

KEN RUBIN — Mr. Rubin is the foremost advocate and “expert user” of freedom of information acts in Canada. As a public interest researcher, he blazed the trail in the use of Canada’s Access to Information Act and has held the government to account through hundreds of access appeals and several important court cases.

Whistleblower Awards:

DR. NOEL BUSKARD — An award-winning professor of medicine at UBC, Dr. Buskard suffered reprisals after going public to expose the “abysmal” state of Vancouver General Hospital’s laboratory services, protest the improper firing of the hospital’s head emergency nurse, and expose what he called “filthy” and unsafe conditions at Heather Pavilion.

Cpl. ROBERT READ — This RCMP investigator went public with allegations that senior officers were attempting a cover-up of corruption at Canada’s diplomatic mission in Hong Kong. Up to 30 foreign service officers who were named in his investigation have been reprimanded for accepting “gifts” from wealthy Chinese families.


Tel: (604) 739-9788 Fax: (604) 739-9148
E-mail: info@fipa.bc.ca www.fipa.bc.ca

Freedom of Information and Privacy Awards 1999 Winners

Information Rights Award:

THOMAS B. RILEY — For more than 25 years working within Canada and around the world to get freedom of information and privacy acts — including B.C.’s — developed and enacted. Mr. Riley is an Ottawa-based information policy consultant, a visiting professor at the University of Glasgow, and Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Centre for Electronic Governance.

Whistleblower Awards:

Dr. Nancy Olivieri – Dr. Olivieri made front-page news across Canada when, as the lead researcher conducting trials of a drug for the treatment of a rare blood disorder, she went public with findings that the drug was causing harmful effects. She took this action in spite of a gag order, threats of lawsuits from the drug manufacturer, and sanctions by the hospital where she practiced.

Margaret Haydon – At considerable risk to her 15-year career as a drug evaluator with Health Canada, Ms. Haydon went public with evidence that certain drugs being approved by the department could be harmful to human health.

Freedom of Information Awards:

Jim Bronskill, reporter, Southam News, Ottawa – Bronskill used Canada’s Access to Information Act to unearth a 20-year program in which federal prisonerss were used as guinea pigs in experiments involving drugs, sensory deprivation and shock treatment.

Ann Rees, reporter, The Province, Vancouver – Rees used B.C.’s FOI act to research a series of articles entitled “Drugging Our Children” which revealed the misuse of the prescription drug Ritalin to control the behavior of normal children in some B.C. Schools.

Privacy Advocate Award:

Dr. Scott Cornell and Nancy Cornell – This West Vancouver couple went public with their refusal to cooperate with Statistics Canada’s intrusive “Family Expenditure Survey”. Following their complaints to Canada’s Privacy Commissioner, Statscan made compliance with the survey voluntary.