2017 Right to Know Week

This year, BC FIPA celebrated Right to Know Week by hosting two great and informative events!

We hosted our 7th BC Information Summit on September 21. This year’s theme was Transparency: Has the Wave Broken, and featured excellent keynote speakers and engaging panels. While the Information Summit is usually a biennial event, the change of political leadership in BC gave us the opportunity to bring much-needed attention to the major deficits in our access to information and privacy frameworks.

Thank you to Drew McArthur and Kirk LaPointe for wonderful keynote addresses, to all our panelists for fascinating insights, and to all our attendees without whom this event wouldn’t be possible.

We would also like to thank the 2017 BC Information Summit sponsor for their generous support: UBC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC, Vancity Credit Union, New Media Canada, CUPE BC, Canadian Taxpayers Federation, BCGEU, and Picatic.


The following week, we hosted our free FOI workshop on September 29 where we invited anyone looking to learn the basic practical skills needed to start tackling their own FOI projects to join us and FIPA’s President Mike Larsen, who is also a Professor of Criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and head researcher for our popular education resource, Access in the Academy: Bringing ATI and FOI to Academic Research, at the People’s Law school in Vancouver.

This year’s session was particularly successful in terms of the quality of questions and discussions. Missed out this year? Don’t worry – we’ll be back with FOI 101 next year! Be sure to follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our newsletter to not miss out on future events!