BC FIPA Responds to Federal Government Consultation on Open Government Partnership

BC FIPA has responded to the Federal Government consultation on the Open Government Partnership commitments with a highly critical examination of the government’s approach.

Lack of transparency is a serious issue in this country, and not just for this government. However, the Government of Canada labours under the most archaic Access to Information law, and has shown no inclination to improve the legislation. This is despite credible critiques from a series of Commissioners, experts, media and civil society groups.

The current OGP commitments are tinkering around the edges of a very serious problem. This government has in the past made credible proposals for reform which it has seen fit to ignore while in office. Until serious proposals for reform are included as commitments to the OGP, the government’s commitment to open government has to be questioned.

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FIPA Bulletin – December 2012

In this issue:

  • Big Wins, New Challenges: 2012 in Transparency
  • A new year means new ways to support FIPA
  • Privacy advocates raise red flags over C-12 surveillance measures
  • New parliamentary study tackles big data, social media, and privacy
  • Information Commissioner looks to overhaul Access to Information Act
  • BC Commish tries to limit license plate surveillance system
  • FIPA joins coalition against secretive trade deal
  • Upcoming event: Protecting Consitituent Privacy – Where to Start?

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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

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