OTTAWA, Sept. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Information Commissioner of Canada
Suzanne Legault is joining countries around the world to celebrate
Right to Know Day on September 28, 2011.
Celebrated once a year, Right to Know Week raises awareness about
people's right to access information held by public bodies, and, marks
the benefits of transparent and accessible government.
"As we celebrate our nation's 6th Right to Know Week, I am encouraged by Canada's recent commitment to
participate in the Open Government Partnership - a positive step
towards the principles of open and accountable government," said Ms.
Legault. "But there remains a lot of work to be done. Our government
must strive to keep pace with technology, and it must regain its
leadership role if it is to remain responsive to citizens' access to
information needs and expectations," she added.
This year, provincial and territorial information and privacy ombudsman
and commissioner offices are coordinating efforts once again to mark
Right to Know Week with numerous activities and festivities across
In Ottawa, celebrations will trickle into October where the Office of
the Information Commissioner, in partnership with the Canadian Bar
Association, will host the 2nd Annual Privacy and Access Law Symposium,
in conjunction with the 7th International Conference of Information Commissioners on October 3-5.
The Conference, entitled Access to Information: A Pillar of Democracy, will provide the community of international commissioners,
practitioners and advocates with a forum to exchange ideas for the
advancement of access to information worldwide.
Internationally, RTK Day began on September 28, 2002, in Sofia, Bulgaria
at an international meeting of access to information advocates who
proposed that a day be dedicated to the promotion of freedom of
For more information about events scheduled in the various regions,
visit the official Right to Know website at http://www.righttoknow.ca/
For more information on the 2nd Annual Privacy and Access Law Symposium,
and the 7th International Conference of Information Commissioners, please visit: http://www.oic-ci.gc.ca/eng/icic-cici.aspx
SOURCE Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada
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