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Just in: Federal/provincial/territorial information and privacy commissioners (including B.C.'s @McEvoy_Michael) call on governments to respect Canadians' quasi-constitutional rights to privacy and access to information. #bcpoli #cdnfoi #coronavirus #stateofemergency #righttoknow ImageImage
Here is the full resolution. But is it too little, too late? @BCInfoPrivacy has given @jjhorgan @bcndp too much freedom to trample on citizens' #FOIA rights, starting with the temporary March 18, 2020 disclosure holiday. #bcpoli #cdnfoi #coronavirus #stateofemergency ImageImage
Today's statement from information and privacy commissioners comes MORE THAN A YEAR after Canadian COVID-19 Accountability group, including @seanmholman, sounded the alarm.
The statutory watchdogs waited more than a year to speak as one. #bcpoli #cdnfoi
drive.google.com/file/d/1dpm3eQ…
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🧵Can we believe @bcndp pandemic data? #BCgov has under-tested and made #covid19 case/death reporting errors along the way. I wanted to know how many and whether they were corrected. This is about science and history. I filed an #cdnFOI request last July. #bcpoli #GiveUsData
I asked for B.C.-wide and health region correction and revision notices for March-July 2020. The original due date: Sept. 14. #bcpoli #cdnfoi #coronavirus #GiveUsData #FOIA Image
Instead of documents, I got a bill for $270. Less than two weeks before @jjhorgan took time off from the #coronavirus pandemic and called a very costly snap election. #bcpoli #cdnfoi #FOIA Image
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🧵About @jjhorgan, @adriandix and @DrBonnieHenry keeping secrets and risking public health. Blessed are the whistleblowers and leakers. Be thankful, too, for the unexpected documents that sometimes show up in FOI disclosures. #GiveUsData #cdnpoli #bcpoli #coronavirus
Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Reka Gustafson are not serving public health or science by withholding so much information. No excuses. They have a large budget and bureaucracy, but they’re either unwilling or not allowed (by the NDP minister) to be transparent. #bcpoli #cdnfoi
They have many official sources of data. It's easy enough for their consumption (and, frankly, yours too). Like this @bccdc dashboard on #coronavirus testing data from November 2020. I recently received a copy inadvertently via FOI. #bcpoli #cdnfoi Image
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This report, warning Alberta faces profound human-induced climate impacts, was sent to the Kenney government more than 6 months ago. Do you think the government tried to bury it? globalnews.ca/news/6600989/a… #abpoli #ableg #AlbertasClimateFuture
Alberta Environment and Parks previously refused to release the report, despite two requests made through freedom of information legislation.
In August, they said they wouldn't release it to @AFedLabour research director Tony Clark, because they were planning to release it within 90 days.
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New from me:

UN Security Council members had a ‘vested interest’ in blocking Khashoggi probe, according to a memo by one Canadian official as Canada weighed pursuing an international investigation of the journalist's murder by Saudi agents #cdnpoli globalnews.ca/news/6223628/c…
It's been more than a year since Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey and the only credible assessment of his death has been a report into whether there are grounds for a criminal investigation -- deemed to be the case by the UN special rapporteur
According to documents obtained by Global News through #cdnfoi, one Canadian official pointed the finger at the UN Security Council members, saying "most, if not all" had a "vested interest" in making sure no probe took place.
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Like many reporters, I collect passes for events I cover. @JustinTrudeau staff wouldn’t let me keep this from @CoastGuardCAN photo op in Vancouver. They said it would be reused. Today’s other event is party, not PMO. Pass is dated. I also said it’s single-use plastic. #cdnpoli
Another PMO staffer, taking orders, tried to prevent me from taking photos of the PM walking down the gamgway, in case he were to fall. PM ably descended, as you can see. Sukh Dhaliwal, however, needed help. The Surrey Liberal MP didn’t have sea legs today. #cdnpoli #cdnmedia
Also at @JustinTrudeau photo op at @CoastGuardCAN in Vancouver: dir. of photography from Mark Marissen’s Burrard Strategy (r) and Marissen’s wife/BS managing dir., Maryam (l). PMO issued media passes to both. BS recently produced Sukh Dhaliwal vids. #cdnmedia #cdnpoli
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Yesterday, Alberta premier-designate Jason Kenney suggested that Canadian energy is produced "at the highest environmental, human rights and labour standards on Earth." #abpoli #ableg /1
He also said he wants Alberta to "fight back" against people who "lie about how we produce energy" and to "tell the truth assertively." /2
Then he said Ottawa plans to impose new laws that "will make it impossible to get pipelines approved in the future." /3
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@mindingottawa @scottbrison @apratte @denisebatters @SenElaineMcCoy @senatcarignan ⬆️ 1/ Lawmakers attempt to erase Scott Brison’s fingerprints from regressive Access to Information bill C-58. #cdnfoi #ATI
@mindingottawa @scottbrison @apratte @denisebatters @SenElaineMcCoy @senatcarignan 2/ @SenElaineMcCoy: “People are asking for innocent information...and they get information back within 2 or 3 years if they’re lucky.”
@mindingottawa @scottbrison @apratte @denisebatters @SenElaineMcCoy @senatcarignan 3/ @senatcarignan: “We want to make sure there is...more transparency, greater accountability.”
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This has been a frustrating week for a lot of reasons. This is one:

An important part of doing this job is demanding info from governments. There are laws that govern this. Journalists just call them freedom of information (FOI) or access to information (ATIP) laws #cdnfoi /1
At any given time I have about a dozen FOI requests out in the world about all kinds of stuff. When I think of something, I ask for something. @DeanBeeby taught me that for every 10 requests you send out you might get 1 back with actual info you wanted. It’s a numbers game /2
It is also crazy expensive. It costs $5 every time I make a request at city hall or with a Queen’s Park ministry/agency. That’s $5 just for the luxury of having to wait many, many months to likely get stonewalled /3
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