Category Archives : Policy Submissions and Letters


BC FIPA’s Submission on NAFTA Consultation

July 18, 2017 FIPA’s Submission on NAFTA Consultation With the US government’s extremely concerning list of objectives for the upcoming NAFTA negotiations put forth yesterday by the US Trade Representative, BC FIPA has sent Minister Freeland and Global Affairs Canada our submission regarding the dangers facing our information and privacy rights in the coming NAFTA READ MORE


FIPA, BCCLA protest Elections BC ‘advertising’ guidelines

On February 1st, Elections BC released their “Handmade Election Advertising” bulletin in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s judgement last Thursday which clarified Election BC’s previous erroneous interpretation of BC’s Election Act’s third party spending provisions. The Bulletin is plainly and obviously inconsistent with the SCC Judgment in many respects. See our joint letter with the READ MORE


Complaint to OIPC re BC Government posting individual FOI requests

On May 18, 2016, FIPA and the BC Civil Liberties Association filed a complaint with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of BC relating to their investigation  into “the disclosure of details of active freedom of information requests on the Open Information website.” We point to a number of issues with the BC government’s seemingly out-of-the-blue announcement that READ MORE


Reform of the Access to Information Act: Past time for Action

On Wednesday, May 12, 2016, FIPA presented recommendations for reform of the Access to Information Act to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) in Ottawa. Download the submission “Given the oft acknowledged and longstanding crisis in the access to information system in this country, it is surprising and disappointing READ MORE