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FIPA News Monitoring

If you have ever sought out the access to information or privacy news stories in the current Canadian news cycle in one spot, we know there are some barriers. We’re working to address some of those.  Our goal is to walk the talk, if we redistribute or publish news stories, we want to recognize the […]

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Privacy Rights in British Columbia

FIPA was pleased to be asked to present and provide our expertise and anecdotes at a recent webinar coordinated by the People’s Law School. It was a wonderful well organized event with hundreds of attendees that we were glad to contribute to. FIPA Executive Director Jason Woywada and President Mike Larsen  joined Lawyers Daniel Reid and Keri Bennett to, […]

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Insights into Access and privacy

Victoria, January 25, 2023 – Polling results released during Data Privacy Week reveal British Columbians’ views on freedom of information and privacy. “The public continues to see that a fee to file a request for information is unnecessary, and that legislative timelines should be met,” said BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) Executive […]

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Access Application Fee Report Released

Investigation Report 23-01: Access application fee six-month review While the review revealed mixed findings we were glad to have input and impact through our submission and pleased to see the report recognizes the fundamental barrier to access that the fees create. We look forward to prompt action by the Government to act upon these recommendations […]

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2023 FOI 101 Update

Ensuring people are empowered to access information is central to our mandate. That’s why we’re so pleased to continue working with Courthouse Libraries BC to make sure Freedom of Information 101 is available through their Vimeo platform and updated regularly. Check out this latest material here. This is a skills training webinar for newcomers to […]

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Recognizing a titan.

David’s absence will be noted in the Victoria Arts Community. Please consider a donation in his memory to the Pacific Opera Victoria where he still served as chairperson. His formal obituary may be found at the Times Colonist. Condolences may be offered to the family through McCall Gardens . David Harris Flaherty was born in Campbellton, […]

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Your Health Information Relaunch

Questions about your legal rights surrounding health information post-pandemic?  FIPA has a history of considering the privacy and access issues that intersect your rights and personal health information. We originally launched www.healthinfoprivacybc.ca in 2011. Over the course of the pandemic, the site received a lot of attention. A lot has changed in the past decade. To ensure […]

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OIPC Fee Submission

FIPA recently replied to an OIPC request that sought details on our experiences with application fees for general FOI requests.   In our response, we restated our ongoing concerns with the application fees and provided stories that illustrate these concerns. For example, we expressed concern that the fees were passed into law during the Special Committee’s […]

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2022 FIPPA Report Released

New Report, New Recommendations New opportunity for the Minister to do the right thing. The Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) released its report with recommendations titled FIPPA for the Future. The detailed report makes 34 recommendations to improve and modernize access to information and privacy rules […]

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Your Political Privacy Launches

A law reform activity has begun to ensure political parties respect your privacy rights. Learn more by visiting Your Political Privacy. Become part of the coalition by emailing yourpoliticalprivacy at fipa.bc.ca

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2022 Analysis of FIPPA Administrative Report

Given its recent release, legal researchers at FIPA have completed an analysis of the Report on the administration of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act 2019/20 & 2020/21 tabled in the BC legislature May 18, 2021.   In general, the current Report presented less analysis, information, and figures than its predecessor. There is […]

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FIPPA Special Committee Update

The Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information Protection of Privacy Act has concluded its open consultations and began its deliberations. It is expected to release its final report by June 15th 2022. We are grateful for the work of the Committee to review the Freedom of Information Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and […]

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