Commissioner Ann Cavoukian sending teams to three Ontario cities for Right to Know Blitz Day and sponsoring special luncheon



    TORONTO, July 24 /CNW/ - Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Ontario's Information and
Privacy Commissioner, is sending teams to three cities on Monday,
September 29, for a Right to Know Blitz Day.
    The Commissioner is also sponsoring a special luncheon that week (on
Thursday, October 2) in Toronto as part of her educational initiatives to help
increase Ontarians' awareness of their rights under Ontario's freedom of
information legislation.
    Both events help mark the third annual Right to Know Week in Canada -
sponsored by provincial Information and Privacy Commissioners and the federal
Information Commissioner. This special week 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.
    The IPC has also set up a Right to Know section on its website
(www.ipc.on.ca) that includes information about your rights under Ontario's
freedom of information laws, an FOI Quiz, and much more, including information
about how to file an FOI request - as well as how to file an appeal to the IPC
if a provincial or municipal government organization denies your request.
    "Our Right to Know Blitz Day, special luncheon event and the section of
our website dedicated to Right to Know Week are three of the tools we are
using to focus attention on the public's right to access government-held
information," said Commissioner Cavoukian. "I cannot stress enough the
importance of freedom of information. If citizens are to participate
meaningfully in the democratic process and hold politicians and bureaucrats
accountable, they must have timely access to the information held by
government."
    During the IPC's Right to Know Blitz Day, the IPC is setting up
information tables in malls in Toronto, Mississauga and Hamilton, where staff
will be handing out IPC publications and answering questions from the public.
    Details about our special luncheon event will be announced later. To help
promote Ontarians' right to know in 2006, Commissioner Cavoukian organized a
sold-out luncheon that featured media representatives. In 2007, another
sold-out IPC luncheon included a panel featuring Ontario's Ombudsman, Auditor
General, and Conflict of Interest Commissioner, with Commissioner Cavoukian as
moderator.
    More information regarding our information tables in Toronto, Mississauga
and Hamilton will be announced shortly, followed by information about our
luncheon event.

    Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner is appointed by and
reports to the Legislative Assembly, and is independent of the government of
the day. The Commissioner's mandate includes overseeing the access and privacy
provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the
Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, as well as the
Personal Health Information Protection Act, and helping to educate the public
about access and privacy issues.





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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