A minister's spokesperson said overhauling the access law is a "complex matter."
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The recommendation to exempt Syrians and Iraqis from requiring official UN refugee status to be sponsored was rejected by then-immigration minister Chris Alexander.
The Access to Information, Ethics and Privacy Committee dropped a major report last week before wrapping up for the summer. Unanimously approved by the multi-partisan committee, the report pushes the Trudeau government to make some serious and long-overdue changes to the law.
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The ISIS Crisis is the latest twist in a government-wide effort to use more games in the workplace for training and education.
A federal study found aboriginals and the mentally ill entangled with the justice system often ran into similar difficulties.
The federal government has issued guidance to Canada's spy agency on using contentious new anti-terrorism laws.
Entire pages were withheld because they would reveal government advice, consultations or deliberations.
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Suzanne Legault wants their offices brought under the Access to Information Act.
Once a government official says a document is cabinet confidence, neither the information commissioner nor the Federal Court can look at the document to confirm that it is and that the exclusion is being applied appropriately. But this supermassive problem is not being addressed.
OTTAWA - It's been said the wheels of justice turn slowly, and a new look at Canada's creaky access-to-information system appears to bear that out.According to data collected as part of a Liberal ques...
The Liberal leader says his 32-point plan promises “real change.”
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OTTAWA - The Access to Information Act should be extended to all branches of government — including the offices that support Parliament and the courts — as part of sweeping changes, says a federal wat...
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OTTAWA - The Federal Court of Appeal has sent a stern message to government institutions: you can't just make up any old deadline for responding to requests under the Access to Information Act.And by...
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Unfortunately, when it comes to CSIS, Canadians can expect very little transparency, a cause for additional concern when you recall Harper eliminated the position of the CSIS watchdog in 2012. The only overview of CSIS is handled by the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), a body comprised of part-time appointees with limited resources that assess CSIS operations after-the-fact.
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Any delay in the Commissioner's office means information requesters will have to wait even longer to get their documents. It also means that if the government digs in its heels, requesters can't even get their day in Federal Court until the Commissioner's office finishes its review of the file.
TORONTO - The Canada Revenue Agency confirmed late Tuesday that it has accidentally disclosed confidential taxpayer information to the CBC.The agency said the document was ”accidentally released” thro...
OTTAWA - The Conservative government has rejected calls to reform the Access to Information Act as part of a new openness plan.The final version of the federal blueprint on open government for 2014-16...
OTTAWA - The Conservatives' new draft plan on open government makes no mention of reforming the Access to Information Act, despite widespread calls to revise the 32-year-old law.The draft plan would s...
OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau wants to make it easier for Canadians to pry information out of the federal government.The Liberal leader has crafted a private-member's bill that would make several amendments...
OTTAWA - The federal government continues to collect background information on individuals who file access-to-information requests, more than seven months after officials agreed to stop the practice.A...
OTTAWA - The Conservative government has touted the thousands of databases it is making public as proof of its openness and transparency.But key data users in a Treasury Board survey complained about...
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OTTAWA - Nothing to see here, move along.That was gist of the response Canada's information commissioner received when, during the course of a recent investigation, she asked the Department of Public...
UPDATE, March 28: The Conservative Government tabled a revised version of their legal costs Thursday, bumping the total number spent on outside legal fees to at least $510,079,667. A senior Government...
OTTAWA – The Conservative government has spent $482 million on outside legal fees since it came to power in 2006. And more than $447,045 to defend the Prime Minister, his staff and ministers, accordin...
She ended her letter to the minister with a call to action: "It is vital for open and accountable government that, whatever the form of the entity, if it is carrying on public business, it should be subject to the [Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act]." Two and a half years later, there is still no sign of action from the government.
OTTAWA - The Conservative government has agreed to stop requiring information about a person's background before processing their requests for documents under the Access to Information Act.An online s...
Though it is true that CBC/Radio-Canada was given an 'F' grade by Commissioner Legault soon after we were subjected to the Act in 2007, the Corporation has since worked very hard on multiple fronts to fix the initial challenges we faced in responding to the flood of Access to Information requests that we received.
OTTAWA - The federal government plans to expand its web portal for online information requests, with 16 new departments added over the next six months.A pilot project, launched April 9, enabled the on...
The national police force has apparently stopped responding to Access to Information requests, and one federal department (National Defence) said it would take 1100 days (about three years) to respond to one particular request. They released the documents after the Commissioner took them to Federal Court over the delay.
Shhhhh. Don't tell anybody, but the Harper™ government is 'consulting' Canadians on Open Government. Well, sort of. There has been no press release about the consultation program. No ad campaign, either. And the program was quietly started in the middle of summer, while everyone was on vacation. It's almost as if Harper doesn't want anyone to know about it. Crazy talk, right?
OTTAWA - The Conservative government is being accused of suppressing the release of scientific information in what an environmental law group describes as a threat to democracy and a breach of the fed...
OTTAWA - As the 30th anniversary of the federal Access to Information law approaches, Canada finds itself tied for 51st in the world on a list of freedom-of-information rankings, languishing behind An...