Effective immediately, government institutions must waive all fees beyond the initial $5 required to open an access to information request. Access to information officers must help reformulate requests so people get “more accurate, complete and timely access,” in formats that are more user-friendly — spreadsheets rather than photocopies of spreadsheets, for example. Treasury Board President Scott Brison announced the new measures, which come in the form of a policy directive
The decision came in response to various appeals and cross-appeals of a ruling by Superior Court Justice Paul Perell in 2014 related to claims made under the confidential independent assessment process. The federal government and Truth and Reconciliation Commission fought destruction of the documents. The court rejected the idea the documents were "government records'' but said the material fell under the court's control.
Thousands of Canadians are discovering that records of even trivial contact with police can follow them for years. J.N., who has no criminal record, asked the Durham Regional Police Service to remove the reference from her background check but they refused. She asked the Durham Regional Police Services Board to review the decision and they refused
Commissioner Ann Cavoukian’s ruling comes after a complaint received by her office from the Vin de Garde wine club in Toronto, which has made purchases through the board’s Private Ordering Department for years. The LCBO started demanding last March that Vin de Garde provide the personal information of club members who are doing the ordering.
The Supreme Court of Canada, in a massive legal challenge that is drawing more than a dozen interveners, will consider today whether access to-information laws, which permit the public to see documents that the state seeks to keep secret, are so restrictive that they violate freedom of expression
Bill C-7: A "curtain of secrecy" is poised to descend over safety problems within Canadian airlines, say critics alarmed by legislation currently before the House of Commons