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Canada’s Right to Know website serves as a portal to all jurisdictions across the country mandated to address complaints about access to information. The website offers links to other jurisdictions’ websites, as well as information about Right to Know Week in Canada.

In 2018, Right to Know Week will be celebrated the week of September 24 to September 30th.

Each year on September 24, approximately 40 countries and 60 non-governmental organizations celebrate Right to Know Day. The purpose of Right to Know is to raise awareness of an individual’s right to access government information, while promoting freedom of information as essential to both democracy and good governance.

 
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    Things Nova Scotians Should Know About Their Right to Know

    September 23 – 29, 2018 is Right to Know Week in Nova Scotia Join the staff of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for a lively discussion of big data, access martyrs, duty to document and other access problems and solutions.

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  3. The Right of Access: A Right for All

  4. ATIP practitioners' Meeting

  5. FOI Friday

1994 Called – It Wants its FOI Law Back

September 23 – 29, 2018 is Right to Know Week in Nova Scotia

Join the staff of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for a lively discussion of big data, access martyrs, duty to document and other access problems and solutions.

Our office will be providing these events at four universities across the province.  I have provided the details for each event below:

September 23 – 29, 2018 is Right to Know Week in Nova Scotia

Join the staff of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for a lively discussion of big data, access martyrs, duty to document and other access problems and solutions.

Our office will be providing these events at four universities across the province.  I have provided the details for each event below:

  1. Mount Saint Vincent University

  2. 166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Date:  September 24, 2018
    Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    Location:  Rosaria Student Centre, Room 312 – Alice Egan Hagen Boardroom
    *Open to MSVU Students Only

  1. Dalhousie University, Weldon Law Building

  2. 6061 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Date:  September 25, 2018
    Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    Location:  Weldon Law Building
    *Open to the public

  1. Cape Breton University

  2. 1250 Grand Lake Road, Sydney, Nova Scotia
    Date:  September 25, 2018
    Time:  TBD
    Location:  TBD
    *Open to - TBD

  1. Acadia University

  2. 15 University Avenue, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
    Date: September 26, 2018
    Time:  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    Location:  The Quiet Reading Room, Vaughan Memorial Library
    *Open to the public

The Right of Access: A Right for All

To mark Right to Know Week, join Caroline Maynard, the Information Commissioner of Canada, and three guests as they discuss the importance of access to information in Canadian society.

They will provide public servants with expert insights and new awareness of a citizen's right to access information held by government institutions. The session will also explore transparency and openness in government.

Date and time:

September 25, 2018 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)

Speakers:

  • Caroline Maynard, Information Commissioner of Canada
  • Sandra George, Director of Investigations, Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada
  • Christopher Nardi, Journalist, Journal de Montréal
  • Annie Plouffe, Director of Access to Information and Privacy, Public Services and Procurement Canada

Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in official languages

Locations:
  • Collaboration Lounge, Académie De-La-Salle, 373 Sussex Drive (Guigues Avenue entrance), Ottawa, Ontario
  • Available across Canada by webcast

Registration:

Registration: for public servant (member of government)

Please ensure that you have your MyAccount login name and password. If you do not have an account, please contact the Client Contact Centre.

Registration: for general public

Registration deadline: September 24, 2018

Information:

csps.learningevents-evenementsdapprentissage.efpc@canada.ca

ATIP practitioners' Meeting


Time: 10h30 am 11h
City: Ottawa

The Commissioner would give a presentation at the Access to Information and Privacy Community and participating  Community meeting.

FOI Friday


Time: 1pm

To mark Right to Know Day, the Canadian Association of Journalists' Ottawa chapter and iPolitics are hosting a Q & A with Information Commissioner Caroline Maynard to discuss the federal access-to-information system. Commissioner Maynard has been in charge of handling ATIA investigations and promoting transparency across federal departments since March. Learn about the state of freedom of information in Canada.

We'll touch on everything from the Information Commissioner's priorities to Bill C-58 and take questions from the audience. This is a free session open to the public. Bring a tidy lunch to the iPolitics newsroom, or join us through CAJ Facebook livestream.

Please register by September 26th so we can ensure enough seating.
 

        

History

International Right to Know Day originated in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2002. During an international meeting of access to information advocates, it was proposed that September 28 be dedicated to the promotion of freedom of information worldwide. Representatives of Freedom of Information (FOI) organizations from 15 countries took part – Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Hungary, India, Latvia, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, and USA, as well as representatives of international organizations active in the FOI field.

Since then, the popularity and scope of Right to Know Day has grown immensely. In Canada, for example, Right to Know celebrations have expanded into a week-long event coast to coast. Right to Know Week events consist of conferences and panel discussions, workshops and seminars, the tabling of special reports and studies on access to information, as well as presenting awards in recognition of those who support access to information rights.

Today, approximately 40 countries and 60 non-governmental organizations participate in the annual celebration of Right to Know Day.

Read the fact sheet.

Principles

Over the years, certain principles have emerged that form the core of the Right to Know movement. For instance, to mark the celebration of International Right to Know Day in 2003, the Open Society Justice Initiative announced the following set of The 10 Right to Know Principles developed with partnering organizations:

  1. Access to information is a right of everyone.
  2. Access is the rule—secrecy is the exception!
  3. The right applies to all public bodies.
  4. Making requests should be simple, speedy, and free.
  5. Officials have a duty to assist requesters.
  6. Refusals must be justified.
  7. The public interest takes precedence over secrecy.
  8. Everyone has the right to appeal an adverse decision.
  9. Public bodies should pro-actively publish core information.
  10. The right should be guaranteed by an independent body.