Right to Know week is rapidly approaching, and we are excited to kick off with the 2014 Information Summit on Friday September 19.
But that’s not all we have planned. On the following Friday, to wrap up a week of information access events that will be held across the country, we’re teaming up with Media Democracy Days to hold our free fall Freedom of Information skills training workshop.
On September 26th from 9:30am-12:30pm, join us at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey Campus for “FOI 101”.
Are you eager to get past the official government messaging and PR spin to find out what was really going on behind closed doors on issues that are important to you and the community?
Or maybe you’ve filed a request, but you were put off by high fee estimates?
Or have you received records that are full or redactions, exemptions, and missing pages that are ‘out of scope’?
Then this is the workshop for you!
By combining an overview of access to information law with hands-on request-writing exercises, this workshop will provide newcomers to FOI with basic practical skills to start tackling your own FOI research projects, as well as tips and strategies on how to deal with common FOI difficulties.
The workshop will be facilitated by Mike Larsen, a Professor of Criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and head researcher for our popular educational resource–Access in the Academy: Bringing ATI and FOI to Academic Research.
Registration is free, but attendance is capped at 30 attendees, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to learn, ask questions, and meet with others in the access to information community. Snacks and light refreshments will also be provided.
If you would like to register, please RSVP with your name, email, phone number, and institutional affiliation (optional) to Catherine [at] fipa.bc.ca no later than noon on September 24th
Where: Room 2990, SFU Surrey Campus, 250 – 13450 – 102nd Avenue
Surrey, B.C. See map.
When: Friday September 26, 9:30am- 12:30pm