Suzanne Legault

Access to Info Was Mostly Gloomy With Some Rays of Light in 2014

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Vincent Gogolek

We can't say 2014 was a banner year for Access to Information in this country. According to the Centre for Law and Democracy, which publishes a ranking of countries that have right to information laws, Canada continues to drop and is now down to number 57 (out of 100). And there are lots of reasons why Canada has dropped.

Don't Tackle Increasing Access to Information Complaints by Silencing the Watchdog

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Vincent Gogolek

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.

Legault Warns MPs Against Raising Access-To-Information User Fees

CBC | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Politics

Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault says she doesn't support increasing user fees for access to information requests, a proposal made b...

Information Commissioner Says Office Is Broke, Tory MPs Say Raise Fees

CBC | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada Politics

Conservative MPs are proposing that the government raise user fees for access to information requests, charging businesses and journalists more mone...

NDP Decries Conservative Secrecy

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The New Democrats are calling on the Conservatives to give the federal information czar the money she needs to do her job as the first step t...

Federal Information Watchdog: Office Is Almost Broke, Work Endangered

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal information watchdog is almost broke, weathering a cash crunch Suzanne Legault says threatens her ability to protect the rights o...

Feds Still Collecting Requesters' Info, Even Though They Promised To Stop

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government continues to collect background information on individuals who file access-to-information requests, more than seven mo...

3 Tory Staffers Interfered In Access To Information: Watchdog

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Information Commissioner of Canada has found evidence of "systemic interference" with access to information requests by three Conservativ...

Watchdog Targets Government Text Messages

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's information watchdog is recommending a virtual ban on instant messaging with federally issued BlackBerrys and other wireless devices...

Tories Scrap Key Part Of Access-To-Information Requests

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government has agreed to stop requiring information about a person's background before processing their requests for documen...

Access to Information Process Needs Reforms

Daniel Dickin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

In early 2013 I submitted several ATI requests to Elections Canada regarding their handling of the "robocalls" investigation. The questions were simple enough: who's doing this investigation? How much will it cost? When will it be done? The information they did reveal was shocking.

Another Watchdog Is Unhappy

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Poor leadership and scant resources have left government agencies struggling to answer access-to-information requests from Canadians, warns a...

Which Is More Embarrassing: Our Men's Soccer Team or National FOI Ranking?

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Vincent Gogolek

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.

Suppressing Our Right to Know

Carol Linnitt | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Suzanne Legault, Canada's Information Commissioner, says federal officials are suppressing freedom of information in Canada. According to her notes, complaints to the Information Officer in the first five months of the 2013-2014 year are up by 35 per cent.

Watchdog Warns Against Harper Government's Tactics

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's information watchdog is rebuking federal officials for dubious new tactics to thwart the freedom-of-information law.In a closed-door...

Stephen Harper's Secret Open Data Survey

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Politics
Vincent Gogolek

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?

Harper Government's 'Promise Has Not Been Kept': Access Watchdog

CBC | Posted 09.05.2013 | Canada Politics

As the Harper government braces itself for a steady drip of damaging details as the Senate expenses scandal winds its way through the courts, it may f...

Transparency? Not On Harper's Watch

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 08.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

Over the last several months, the federal government has repeatedly thrown up the claim that theirs is "the most transparent government in Canadian history," even in the face of overwhelming evidence that it is categorically untrue. Even the practice of stomping on backbenchers who push for more transparency is nothing new for this government.

Budget Axe May Be Chopping Away At Access-To-Info System

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.07.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal budget axe may be chopping away at citizens' right to information about government, a parliamentary watchdog warns.Suzanne Legaul...

Watchdog To Investigate Scientist 'Muzzling'

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.01.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Federal policies that restrict what government scientists can say publicly about their work are about to be put under the microscope.Federal ...

Federal Open Government Minister Not Fan Of Open Government

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

Treasury Board President Tony Clement is the federal government's Mr. Open Government, but in many ways, his much-hyped open data schemes testify to the Conservative government's general trend toward secrecy and one-way transparency.

'Canadians Should Be Angry'

CBC | Posted 04.11.2013 | Canada Politics

Canada's Information Commissioner, Suzanne Legault, says the current federal government is "not the most transparent" and that response to requests fo...

Head Of The Class

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.04.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The CBC has moved to the head of the class in the federal information watchdog's books.The public broadcaster received an A for its handling ...

Give the Gift of Transparency This Holiday Season

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

This holiday season, consultation on the deficiencies in the Access to Information Act provides all of us with a chance to do our best Jacob Marley and remind the Info-Scrooge Conservatives that they once campaigned on the position that government works best when open and accountable. Don't miss your chance to participate.

Information Access Under Review

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The country's information commissioner is providing more details about her review of a federal law that allows citizens to access governme...