All posts tagged Access to Information Act

Yes, we can trust Ottawa again

Sean Bruyea Holding government accountable has been granted a ray of hope. Democracy Watch may proceed with a private prosecution of Nigel Wright for the secretive payment of $90,000 to Senator Mike Duffy. This initiative has much wider implications for ensuring greater accountability of Ottawa’s oversight agencies which have been rendered largely ineffective by design […]

The Failure of the Throne Speech

Ian Bron and Allan Cutler The following piece ran in the Hill Times on October 21, 2013. We had hoped that that the Conservatives would commit to protecting Canadians values through the Throne Speech. We had watched and waited for improvements in existing laws already designed to protect these values. But we did not waste […]

Turning information technology silk purses into sows’ ears (part 1)

Here in the dead of summer, accountability news is at its low point. There have been a few stories of interest, though. About four weeks ago, the Globe and Mail ran apiece about what the author called Canada’s “accountability deficit.” In it, she describes the incredible inefficiency of government information management practices – the quirky, […]