Canada Transparency

Pressure Is On Trudeau To Seriously Improve Access To Information

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Vincent Gogolek

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.

Transparency Helps Customers Get The Most Out Of Online Shopping

Dale Turken | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Business
Dale Turken

Sites like Google and Amazon have blazed a path for consumers' high expectations around information access and transparency, generating consumer demand for transparency around pricing and other factors involved in the purchase decision. This demand for transparency is now transforming entire industries.

Disclosing Physician Billings Tells An Utterly Incomplete Story

Nadia Alam | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

I believe the public should know how taxes are spent. More importantly, the public should know their money is wisely spent. With physician billings, though, I think we're chasing the wrong number. Billings are a crude, misleading measure of value for money. In isolation, they cannot and do not tell the story we need to hear.

The B.C. Government Is Dodging Necessary FOI Reforms

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

The spring sitting of the BC Legislature has wrapped up with a lot of talk about information and transparency, but with little action.

Demand For Transparency Is Forcing Societal Change

Som Seif | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Business
Som Seif

The impact of not being honest and truthful from the beginning can be devastating to a company's reputation, and in some cases, their entire business. As a result, we've seen established organizations attempt to appease their customers by pre-emptively disclosing information that never would have been released in the past.

Who Watches The Watchmen And Teaches The Teachers?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

This may come as a shock to some readers: Teachers are human beings -- nearly all of them. This means that, like the rest of us, they make mistakes, behave badly, and sometimes just lose it. It also means that, like the rest of us, most teachers are basically good and honest people who work hard to do a very difficult job. But some are not. And the ones who are not should not be teaching.

Local Governments Have A Problem With Transparency

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

When most communities in B.C. have more in-camera meetings than the City of Toronto, there's a problem. In Ontario, councils are entitled to go in-camera to consider six specific matters. There are four reasons that councils must go in camera and over a dozen reasons why they "may" close a meeting. The nuance between "may" and "must" seems to have been lost on a few.

Review Of Access To Information Law 2 Years Away: Liberals

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Politics

"We're looking for early wins in terms of the first phase of this."

E-Petitions Put Canadians In Control Of The Political Agenda

Kennedy Stewart | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Kennedy Stewart

The extent to which the Liberal government takes seriously its response to these petitions will demonstrate how much it embraces openness and accountability, whether or not it chooses to support or oppose these requests. In two years, the Trudeau government is scheduled to review how the new system is working and how it might be improved. In my view, the prime minister should put in the measures found in my original motion where e-petitions gaining a high level of public support, say 100,000 signatures, could trigger debates in the House of Commons.

What Does Openness Mean For Canadian Development Assistance?

Julian Dierkes | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Julian Dierkes

Openness and transparency permeates the mandate letters issued to members of cabinet by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and is a recurring theme in statements by his government. In fact, it is the only theme next to climate change so far. But what does openness mean for development assistance?

Embracing Sustainability Can Pay Off For Your Brand

James Riley | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Business
James Riley

Today we know that the state of the planet affects the way we are doing business. With climate change comes risks and opportunities. We all know the risks. The opportunity for brands starts with marketing leadership, and the reward is an improved brand and reputation.

5 Reasons to Convince Your Parents to Get Out of Mutual Funds

Tea Nicola | Posted 10.24.2015 | Canada Business
Tea Nicola

We've all probably met a financial advisor who told us to buy a "balanced mutual fund," and hard sold their own company's "top performing" fund. They tell a good story, but do they really have our best interests at heart?

The Truth About Physician Pay

Nadia Alam | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

Ontario physicians are well-paid. No one is arguing that. But right now, their paycheques are the only ones in the Liberal crosshairs. Let's look at other well-paid public sector employees. Google the Sunshine List; it's all laid out by name, occupation, and taxable income.

Even Though Toronto Abandoned a 2024 Bid, There Are Still Questions to Be Answered

Janice Forsyth | Posted 09.21.2015 | Canada Living
Janice Forsyth

Toronto, beware. Tory's bid for the 2024 Games might be over, but what happened in that short span of time -- from July to September 2015 -- speaks to the larger problems inherent in mega-event hosting that you will have to address again, should another bid come your way.

Why it Pays off to Be Transparent in Business

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

Transparency is one of those words that is constantly thrown around in the business world. Many companies make claims of an increased commitment to transparency, but approach these promises under the simplest definition: openness and honesty in business practice.

Political Accountability Starts With Transparency

Retired Maj. Stephen Fuhr | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Retired Maj. Stephen Fuhr

Sadly, too many public officials are all too eager to scam taxpayers and charge fraudulent expenses. That is especially true if they feel they are accountable to no one. Accountability begins with transparency. After all, you can't judge a person's actions if you don't know what they've done. Just as companies are accountable to their owners and shareholders, so elected officials are accountable to their citizens and taxpayers.

Why You Shouldn't Skip This Important Audit

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

While auditing your global supply chain may at first glance appear to be a costly, time consuming and seemingly insurmountable process, an existing infrastructure of widely available tools and resources affords companies the opportunity to do this audit efficiently and effectively.

Do You Recognize Any of These Anti-Fraud and Corruption Governance Red Flags?

Richard Leblanc | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

Do you recognize any of these red flags? On a board or in a company of which you serve? Allegations of wrongdoing can put assets and reputation at risk. Regulators have enormous power, and are focusing their sights much more on the role a board plays, or does not play, in overseeing the affairs of the company.

5 Lessons in Leadership From Ryerson's Top Female Executive

Lina Duque | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Business
Lina Duque

This week marks a major milestone in Julia Hanigsberg's career as she steps down as Vice President of Administration and Finance of Toronto's Ryerson University to take on the top job at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

How Canada Can Help Combat the 'Resource Curse'

Lina Holguin | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada Business
Lina Holguin

Recently, Canada's Parliament introduced the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act, which could have a huge impact on people around the world experiencing the "resource curse." Too often, poor communities have no say in the extraction of resources from their land and receive little information about the scope of these projects, the revenues they generate, their timelines and potential impacts. The Canadian government has an historic opportunity to make a low-cost contribution to fighting corruption and improving the lives of thousands of communities around the world.

Companies Must Act Responsibly When Using the Power of Suggestion

Nick Cowling | Posted 01.19.2015 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

Since trust plays a big factor in listening to what we're being told, corporations have the responsibility to provide messages that are both accurate and in the best interests of their audiences. Time and time again, however, we see the power of suggestion being used in a misguided and sometimes even destructive way.

6 Things Joe Oliver Can Do to Leave a Positive Legacy

Mark Milke | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Every politician wants to leave a positive legacy, so here are some possibilities for the new federal Conservative finance minister, Joe Oliver. First, do no harm. This is not as easy as it sounds...

Moving Toward Our Goal of Zero Deforestation

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada
Ian Lifshitz

One year ago Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) announced its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), immediately halting all natural forest clearance across its entire supply chain. Specifically, we outlined four key priorities for 2014 to engage our broader industry and other sectors to help accelerate the realization of zero deforestation.

Why Rex Murphy's Relationship With Oil Matters

DeSmog Canada | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

There is a brewing controversy swirling around longtime CBC commentator Rex Murphy and his relationship with Canada's oil industry. The CBC expects Murphy's commentary to be "rooted in fact" and in turn the public has the same expectation. If it is the case that Murphy is being paid money by the same industry he publicly comments on, then this must be disclosed to the public.

What Politicians Should Focus on During Electionmania

Justin Beach | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Justin Beach

It is a good time to be a political junkie. I'm a dual (US/Canadian) citizen and the next three years will feature almost constant elections. The year 2014 will bring local elections here in Oshawa, Ontario as well as Congressional elections in the US. It is not likely that much will change in terms of personnel, incumbents tend to win and that rule is pretty universal. Elections though do provide an opportunity to raise issues and there is a long list of issues that require attention. Here are the most important issues I'd like to see addressed.