BC FIPA’s submission in local government election reform consultation

BC FIPA, today, submitted a letter to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development in the context of its consultation on local government election reform.

BC FIPA strongly opposes provisions on third party spending limits and believes the lack of a minimum spending threshold in the provisions makes them unconstitutional violations of freedom of expression protected under s. 2(b) of the Charter. BC FIPA is currently challenging similar provisions in the provincial Election Act.

BC FIPA also notes that the Local Government Elections Task Force suggested the establishment of a minimum spending threshold in its 2010 report.

Read the letter (pdf).

FIPA Bulletin – June 2013

In this issue:

  • BC Election: It’s time to double down on info rights
  • BC Election Act causes confusion, chills free speech — again
  • Major data security issues bedevil the Federal Government
  • A National ID Card by Stealth?
  • Fighting for a fair deal: FIPA continues to oppose Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • FIPA is hiring! Join the team
  • Access in the Academy: FIPA to launch new ATI/FOI resource for researchers

Download the bulletin (pdf).

FIPA Bulletin – March 2013

In this issue:

  • Election Act gag law forces charter challenge
  • Victoria police come around to privacy — sort of
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Bad Id(ea) as Provincial Government charges ahead with a new ID card, serious privacy concerns remain
  • Oral culture at top levels of government grows under ‘Open Government Premier’
  • Feds kill online spying bill, but spirit of surveillance lives on
  • Election preview: focus on info rights
  • Event Recap: Privacy Skills Breakfast

Download the bulletin (pdf).

BC FIPA’s Notice of Civil Claim challenging the limits on 3rd party election advertising

BC FIPA filed a notice of civil claim in BC Supreme Court on January 28, 2013 challenging the legality of the provisions in the BC Election Act dealing with 3rd party advertisers.

BC FIPA submits that the restrictions on 3rd party election advertising and the registration requirements for 3rd party election advertisers in the BC Election Act are a an unjustified violation of the right to free expression guaranteed by section 2(b) of the Charter.  BC FIPA seeks a change to the legislation so that anyone with expenditures below $500 are exempted from s. 239 of the Act.

Download the notice (pdf).

Notice of Civil Claim
No. 13 0335, Victoria Registry
January 28, 2013
Lawyer for BC FIPA:   Sean Hern