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The BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) was meant to help create a culture of openness and transparency within the government.

Today, however, we frequently see public bodies failing to create records or destroying them in order to avoid the possibility of release. We are getting more calls and hearing more stories from concerned citizens who are not able to get the information they are looking for or who have found their privacy rights breached by a public body with little or no recourse.

Over the past year, we have tried to work with government on improving FIPPA. One year later, there has been no action and we do not have any sign that the government will move forward on legislative change.

What are the issues?

We’re calling for:

  • A legislated duty to document under FIPPA
  • Bringing public bodies’ subsidiaries under FIPPA
  • Implement Mandatory Privacy Breach Notification
  • Expand the oversight of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner in the areas of Privacy

What can you do?

Sign the petition for FIPPA reform today! Along with our partners at the BC Civil Liberties Association, we’re asking you to add your voice to our call for government to make the legislative changes they promised.

By signing the petition, you’ll be directly telling Premier John Horgan, Minister Jinny Sims, and Attorney General David Eby that information and privacy rights are important to you.

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We offer Freedom of Information workshops to anyone looking to learn basic and practical skills needed to start tackling their own FOI projects.

Workshops are entirely FREE and can be focused on the foundational knowledge of FOI through our 101 workshops, or the more advanced intricacies found in our 201 version.

Send us a message at fipa@fipa.bc.ca for more details

BC Government claims it has no records related to Mark Carney speech about Vancouver real estate market

NEWS RELEASE
JANUARY 19, 2017

 

BC government claims it has no records related to Carney speech about Vancouver real estate market

 FIPA asks Information Commissioner to investigate

Yet another incredible ‘no responsive records’ response to a FIPA FOI request

FIPA has filed a complaint with the Acting BC Information and Privacy Commissioner after the BC Ministry of Finance claimed it has no documents whatsoever related to a major speech in 2011 at the Vancouver Board of Trade by then-Bank of Canada head Mark Carney.

The speech dealt with Vancouver real estate and foreign investors. At one point Carney stated that Asian investors seeking diversification and hard assets have “become a familiar phenomenon in this city.”  He went on to describe the Vancouver market as “…taking on characteristics of financial asset markets.”

FIPA’s FOI request to the BC Ministry of Finance was for:

Copies of all correspondence including but not limited to emails, phone records, BBM messages etc. as well as all briefing notes, analysis and background documents prepared by or forwarded to the Ministry related to a speech given by then Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney to the Vancouver Board of Trade in June 2011 regarding the housing market in Canada.

Of course this is not the first time that a FOI request to the BC government has come up with nothing where it would be reasonable to expect extensive documentation.

In the wake of the triple delete scandal and recommendations from the BC Information and Privacy Commissioner, FIPA and many others, a Special Legislative Committee recommended the creation of a legislative “duty to document” to ensure that government records are created and maintained. The BC government has so far failed to bring in any of the Committee’s recommendations.

An Ipsos poll commissioned by FIPA last year showed that 78% of British Columbians believe it is very important that government implement a duty to document.

See our press release here for more information.

Complaint to OIPC re: No responsive records for Mark Carney speech about Vancouver real estate market

On January 18, 2017 FIPA filed a complaint with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of BC relating to the BC Ministry of Finance’s failure to locate and provide records on Mark Carney’s speech on Vancouver’s real estate market in 2011.

The Ministry’s response was due January 10, 2017, but it was delayed until January 16, 2017.

Download the complaint here.