Commissioner Ann Cavoukian sending out four teams for Right to Know Blitz Day, Sept. 28



    TORONTO, Sept. 21 /CNW/ - To help mark Right to Know Week next week, Dr.
Ann Cavoukian, Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner, is sending out
four teams on Friday for a Right to Know Blitz Day. The IPC is setting up
information tables at four Toronto malls, where staff will be handing out IPC
publications and answering questions from the public.
    This is the second Right to Know Week in Canada, sponsored by federal and
provincial Information and Privacy Commissioners, to raise awareness of the
public's right to access government-held information. This special week - and
the timing of the IPC's Blitz Day - is based on the international Right to
Know Day, September 28. On September 28, 2002, freedom of information
organizations from more than a dozen countries met in Sofia, Bulgaria, and
agreed to collaborate in the promotion of individual right of access to
information and open, transparent government.
    "Citizens cannot participate meaningfully in the democratic process and
hold politicians and bureaucrats accountable unless they have access to
information held by government," said Commissioner Cavoukian. "Our Right to
Know Blitz Day is one of the tools we are using to focus attention on the
public's right to access government-held information."
    The four Toronto malls where the IPC is setting up information tables
September 28, from 1 to 5 p.m., include: The Yonge-Eglinton Centre, the
Sheppard Centre, Centrepoint Mall and the Promenade Shopping Centre.

    SPECIAL PANEL

    Later this fall, on October 31, Commissioner Cavoukian is organizing a
special luncheon at the Dominion Club in Toronto to further draw attention to
Ontarians' right to know what elected and appointed officials are doing - and
why. The Commissioner will serve as the moderator of a panel that includes
three of her fellow Officers of the Legislature - Justice Sidney B. Linden,
the recently appointed Conflict of Interest Commissioner; Andre Marin,
Ontario's Ombudsman; and Jim McCarter, Auditor General of Ontario.
    Tickets for the Right to Know luncheon will soon be available through the
Toronto branch of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada
(www.ipac.ca/Toronto/events), which is co-sponsoring the luncheon with the
IPC.





For further information:

For further information: Bob Spence, Communications Co-ordinator, Direct
line: (416) 326-3939; cell phone: (416) 873-9746; toll free: 1-800-387-0073,
bob.spence@ipc.on.ca


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