Commissioner: Access to Information Being Obliterated
INFORMATION ACCESSApril 16, 2010
When it comes to information access, delays continue to plague the government, the CBC reports. "This right is at risk of being totally obliterated because delays threaten to render the entire access regime irrelevant in our current information economy," Interim Federal Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault wrote in a special report released on Tuesday. Of the 20-plus departments she studied, Legault reported that more than half received below-average marks, noting that nearly half of the complaints her office has received have been related to delays and time extensions. Currently there is no penalty when access deadlines are missed, she said, explaining that imposing legislated timelines on departments would "make a big difference."