Media Advisory: Canada Celebrates Right to Know

Ottawa, September 24, 2012 – The Information Commissioner of Canada Suzanne Legault will be joining Canadians across the country and her provincial and territorial counterparts to celebrate the Right to Know Day on September 28, 2012.

Right to Know Day began on September 28, 2002, in Sofia, Bulgaria at an international meeting of access to information advocates who proposed that a day be dedicated to the promotion of freedom of information worldwide.

In Canada, an entire week of activities is organized to raise awareness about citizens’ right to access public information, while promoting freedom of information as essential to both democracy and good governance. This year marks the seventh year that Canadians have celebrated the Right to Know Week, and there are a great number of events planned coast to coast.

What:                          Right to Know Day
Tweet Chat with Suzanne Legault, Information Commissioner of Canada
Date:                           September 28, 2012
Time:                          French tweet chat - 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. EST
                                    English tweet chat - 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. EST

The hashtag for the English session will be #RTK and #DAI for the French session. The discussion will be hosted on the official Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada Twitter account.
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For more information about the events scheduled in the various regions or to learn how to take part in the Tweet Chat session with the information commissioner, visit the official Right to Know Web site at http://www.righttoknow.ca/.

Media requests:

Josée Villeneuve
Director, Public Affairs
Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada
613-947-2223