FIPA’s Annual General Meeting for 2019

Join us on June 27, 2019 for our 2019 Annual General Meeting. The meeting will take place at the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch (350 W Georgia St.) in the Alma VanDusen Room at 6:30 PM.

We’re excited to welcome Bryan Carney from The Tyee as the guest speaker. His reporting covers freedom of information and privacy, including stories about Facebook’s “sniper-targeting”, an RCMP social media monitoring program, and the Royal Bank of Canada’s alleged ability to read private social media messages.

Please RSVP to in order to confirm your attendance. Light refreshments will be served.

Meet Sylvie Therrien, Whistleblower Extraordinaire

We are very pleased to welcome award-winning whistleblower Sylvie Therrien as our guest speaker at FIPA’s 2014 Annual General Meeting.

In a culture where roadblocks to freedom of information are becoming all the more common, whistleblowing is an essential part of keeping government transparent and holding decision-makers accountable. Whistleblowers have recently come under threat in BC’s proposed Animal Health Act, Bill 19, which imposes a lifetime gag on a large number of people involved in monitoring animal health, threatening them with jail time and fines.

The importance of being able to blow the whistle, and of protecting those who do, is something Sylvie Therrien has very special knowledge of. She is a former Integrity Services Investigator for Employment Insurance for Services Canada, who leaked documents showing that the Harper Government was trying to find ‘savings’ from the EI funds by creating quotas for EI fraud. Each investigator was required to identify $485,000 in Employment Insurance fraud per year. However these quotas could only be met by manipulating the facts and looking for ways to deny benefits.

After raising her concerns with her superiors to no avail, she went to the media to publicly denounce a system which was operating against the public interest. Ms. Therrien was suspended without pay in May 2013, and was dismissed in October.

Ms Therrien recently received the 2014 National Golden Whistle Award from POGG Canada and Canadians for Accountability. The award is presented annually to honour an individual for integrity, courage, resolve in the service of peace, order and good government.

The AGM will be held on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 7pm

Venue: YWCA, 4th floor, 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver [map]

Doors open at 6:30 pm for registration and membership renewal. For more information, or to submit a form of proxy, call 604-739-9788. To renew your membership through our secure online form, click here:

Download the AGM announcement

FIPA Bulletin – March 2011

In this issue:

  • ‘Open Government’ trend is heating up – Will there be light as well as heat?
  • FIPA to Parliamentary committee: avoid ‘open government’
    models that reduce citizens’ information rights
  • Commissioner investigates so-called “Proactive Disclosure” policies
  • BC Government goes to court again to contest release of full IBM contract
  • FIPA welcomes new Minister for Open Government, asks her to post long-awaited IBM contract online
  • Recent Moves to Share Private Information across Government Agencies a Disturbing Trend
  • FIPA access to gaming funds cut in half
  • FIPA fights in Supreme Court of Canada
  • Attend the FIPA Annual General Meeting

Download the bulletin (pdf).

FIPA Bulletin – March 2010

In this issue:

  • FOIPP Act review committee hears a lot about “How it was meant to be”
  • Birthday party marks 5th Anniversary of FIPA request for IBM contract
  • FIPA protests massive data-matching scheme
  • Push continues for reform of federal Access to Information Act
  • Legal Actions:
    • Does FOI apply to the corporate subsidiaries of public bodies?
    • Are submissions to government consulations policy advice?
  • Annual General Meeting

Download the bulletin.