Join us tomorrow for the next CJF Forum: Freedom (Or Not) of Information in Canada


TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada has a bad rep when it comes to freedom of information. Even Canada's Information Commissioner admits the system is on life support. What's behind the decline in compliance and the long delays? Is government secrecy trumping transparency?

Suzanne Legault, the Information Commissioner of Canada, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at access to information and privacy, and discusses the issues surrounding national security, political intelligence and recent cases. After her presentation, she will join a panel discussion with Jim Bronskill, an investigative journalist with The Canadian Press and Paul Schabas, a media lawyer with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto. The event will be moderated by veteran parliamentary reporter and columnist Hugh Winsor.

WHERE: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. Toronto
WHEN: Tuesday, November 22
Registration 6:30 p.m. / Presentation 7:00 p.m. / Reception 8:30 p.m.

For more information and to register: Freedom (Or Not) of Information in Canada.

Former Calgary police chief calls for RCMP independent inquiry at CJF Forum

Former Calgary police chief Christine Silverberg said the RCMP needs to establish an independent third-party investigation into allegations of sexual harassment brought forward by a female corporal in the force.

Silverberg made the call during her remarks at the annual Democracy and Journalism lecture held on November 10 and sponsored jointly by the Canadian Journalism Foundation and the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs.

"When you have an institution, such as the RCMP, I would advise a third-party independent investigation, because otherwise the complainant is not going to feel as though she's had a fair shake in terms of the investigation," she said.

Silverberg added the investigator needs to have a broad mandate and the respect of outsiders as well as the person making the allegations. "The mandate has to provide the scope not just to investigate a single incident of sexual harassment but a mandate to come up with recommendations that may or may not go beyond a single incident," said the first woman to head a major Canadian police force.

Said Silverberg: "It ought not to be relegated to somebody to deal with as a disciplinary offence. It must be considered a priority to not only investigate the incident and deal with that issue from an employee relations perspective but also to ensure that systems are in place to right what is probably a systemic issue."

After a five-year term as Chief of the Calgary Police Service, Silverberg retired in 2000, went to law school and now practises in Calgary.

For more background info, photos and links to the lecture webcast, visit the event page.

Executives pack key issues in power weekend
A record number of media managers attended this year's Media Management Executive Education Program (MMEEP), the intensive three-day program (October 28-30) produced by the Canadian Journalism Foundation and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Twenty-six participants from across Canada listened as four of Canada's foremost leaders in journalism launched this year's program with an opening night session entitled "Critical Issues Facing the Industry: The Executive's Perspective." John Macfarlane (editor of The Walrus), Trina McQueen (former president of CTV and former vice-president of CBC), Lou Clancy (editor-in-chief of Postmedia News) and Scott White (editor-in-chief of The Canadian Press) shared their insighs and expertise in a panel discussion on industry-wide changes affecting editorial, business and beyond.

Harvard University's Nieman Journalism Lab director Joshua Benton was the featured second-night speaker. He discussed the latest trends in the world of journalism, from tweeting to leaking to hacking, and their impact on the industry. Experts-in-residence John Cruickshank (publisher of the Toronto Star), Sandra Mason (CFO of The Globe and Mail), Tim Casgrain (chair of the CBC/Radio-Canada board of directors), Wilf Dinnick (president of OpenFile), Bev Topping (founder of Today's Parent), Susan Marjetti (CBC Toronto managing director) and provided real-life examples that illustrated program concepts. 

The only program of its kind in Canada, the MMEEP has so far attracted over 50 of Canada's most senior media professionals across the country. This year's program was held at a new venue, the Kingbridge Conference Centre in King City, ON, just north of Toronto.

The Future of News
Yes, we are exploring the murky future of journalism. J-Source quizzes four Canadian Online Publishing Awards winners on the challenges and payoffs of creating online content and discovered why another four online gurus say it's time to focus on social media's immense opportunities. We delve into other online issues too, whether it's how best to correct inaccurate information published online or talking to the author of Participatory Journalism, a new book charting journalists' attitudes towards user participation in online newspapers.


New Start Time for CJF Forum: Reserve your seat now for Freedom (Or Not) Of Information In Canada with Federal Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault on November 22 at 7 p.m. Investigative journalist Jim Bronskill and media lawyer Paul Schabas join the panel, with veteran parliamentary reporter Hugh Winsor moderating.

Honour Bestowed on CJF Founder: Congratulations to Eric Jackman, with David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, at the ceremony to receive his Order of Canada on November 4 for his support and leadership in the arts, education, health care and public policy.

Calling Aspiring Photojournalists: The Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award is now open. We are accepting submissions online from people starting out in their career.  Apply now for a chance to work for six weeks at the head office of The Canadian Press in Toronto. Deadline is January 8, 2012. ABOVE: Last year's winner Aaron Vincent Elkaim's photo of people paying tribute to former NDP leader Jack Layton.

The Future of News: J-Source talks trade secrets with four Canadian Online Publishing Awards winners to discover what makes top online content and discovers why a different set of four online gurus say its time to shift focus to social media's immense opportunities.

Media Power Talk: Top executives such as Scott White, editor-in-chief at The Canadian Press, discussed key issues facing the media industry at the annual Media Management Executive Education Program run by the CJF and the Rotman School of Management.



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