Canada Dashboard Digest

Amidst Calls for Reform, Act Turns 30

INFORMATION ACCESS

July 13, 2012

The Access to Information Act turned 30 earlier this month, and CBC News reports that while the act “has proved popular over its three decades…problems with the access to information law” are prompting calls for change. “What we really need to consider is whether we have the right exemptions, the right balance...between the information that needs to be protected and the information that should be disclosed,” said Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault. Legault has been calling for increased powers to order entities “to hand over records if they’re taking too long,” the report states, noting she currently may only make recommendations to that effect.
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