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The headlines were emphatic: "Quick wins amounted to little for NDP"; "Quick wins report lands with a dull thud." But behind the headlines something unsettling: a window into a culture of seeming impunity, where players are told anything goes, do whatever it takes to win.
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Elizabeth Denham has been B.C.'s information and privacy commissioner since 2010.
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health ministry firings, multicultural outreach strategy and what some are calling deletegate -- they demand finesse and there's a definite pattern to how the government goes about it. Its damage control manual seems to come with instructions: mix and match to fit, use sparingly and only as required.
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The directive comes in response to a stinging privacy report that identifies major failures in the access to information practices in Christy Clark's office and two other ministries.
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This was a spring session that was full of blows to information rights in B.C. Changing the law to make sure nobody is able to be held legally responsible for their actions in misusing government information has been a common theme.
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B.C.'s privacy watchdog is calling for improved teamwork between the government and her office.
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Make no mistake: drugs are big business, even the behind-the-counter kind.
VICTORIA - A British Columbia First Nation has issued an eviction notice to Imperial Metals Corp. (TSX:III), the second such ejection aimed at the battered firm that was behind a massive tailings pond...
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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.
VICTORIA - Public bodies in British Columbia, including the provincial government, don't do enough to warn people about potential health, safety and environmental dangers, said the provincial privacy...
VICTORIA - Concerns about the amount and type of personal information disclosed in police record checks have prompted an investigation by B.C.'s privacy commissioner.Elizabeth Denham says citizens and...
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VANCOUVER - The provincial government has reinstated funding for a University of British Columbia program that independently assesses the effectiveness and safety of drugs covered under B.C's Pharmaca...
VICTORIA - British Columbia's Privacy Commissioner says the Liberal government leads the pack when it comes to making public information that's needed to complete a Grade 7 science project, but there'...
VICTORIA - The illegal release of personal information about nearly five million British Columbians by Health Ministry staff was a massive breach, says the province's privacy commissioner, who has rel...