Ontario needs transparent and open government



    TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner,
Dr. Ann Cavoukian, is sponsoring a special luncheon Wednesday, October 31 to
help focus attention on Ontarians' right to know what elected and appointed
officials are doing - and why.
    "Government accountability is the cornerstone of democracy," said the
Commissioner. "For citizens to participate meaningfully in the democratic
process - and be able to hold politicians and bureaucrats accountable - they
have to have access to the information held by government."
    The October 31 luncheon, co-sponsored by the IPC and the Toronto Regional
Group of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, will feature a
panel - moderated by Dr. Cavoukian - that includes Justice Sidney B. Linden,
the recently appointed Conflict of Interest Commissioner; André Marin,
Ontario's Ombudsman; and Jim McCarter, Auditor General of Ontario.
    The panel will explore a variety of issues related to Ontarians' right to
know, including what is working and, more importantly, what is not, when it
comes to government openness and transparency.
    The luncheon is being held at the Dominion Club, at King and Yonge
Streets, Toronto. Advance registration is required. For ticket information and
registration details, please visit:
http://m1e.net/c?63851148-vexgqUHXyWnIw%402772603-25iTcnB0lIwoc. Or send an
e-mail to info@ipc.on.ca and registration information will be e-mailed to you.

    The Information and Privacy Commissioner is appointed by and reports to
the Ontario 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: Media Contact: 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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