June 2: Join us for the 2016 FIPA AGM

Join FIPA staff, board, members, and others in the information and privacy community at FIPA’s 2016 Annual General Meeting.

This year’s AGM will take place at 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 2nd, at the YWCA Hotel (details below), and will feature a talk by Shannon Daub about the Election Act‘s chilling effect on social movements.  

Shannon is Communications Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – BC Office, and co-author of the report Election Chill Effect: The Impact of BC’s New Third Party Advertising Rules on Social Movement Groups. FIPA has been fighting against free speech restrictions in BC’s Election Act for years, and that battle will culminate in our Supreme Court of Canada appeal later this year.

We have argued that the Election Act‘s absolute ban on unregistered expression is unconstitutional, as it goes so far as to apply to things like handwritten signs or electronic communications with a value of $0. Shannon’s work has demonstrated that people and groups will avoid public comment during BC elections, for fear of the hefty fines and even jail time. This chill on election-time speech is clearly unacceptable, silencing British Columbians at crucial times, undermining our democracy.

Here are the AGM details:

Date: Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Canfor Room, YWCA Hotel
733 Beatty St. (at Georgia), Vancouver, BC (map)
Cost: Free, but space is limited. Members will receive preferred seating.

6:30 PM – Registration/Membership renewal
7:00 PM – AGM called to order
8:00 PM – Guest speaker Shannon Daub

To register, send an email to fipa@fipa.bc.ca with your name, email, phone number, and membership status.

For more information, or to submit a form of proxy, call 604-739-9788 or email us.