Names of panelists for annual Right to Know luncheon announced by Commissioner Ann Cavoukian

    TORONTO, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - A newspaper executive, a CBC News investigative
reporter, and a key government official will join Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Ontario's
Information and Privacy Commissioner, on a special panel that will be the
highlight of a luncheon the Commissioner is sponsoring, Thursday, October 2,
to help mark Right to Know Week in Canada.
    The theme the panel will be discussing is: Breaking down barriers to
Freedom of Information: Ensuring the public's Right to Know.

    The panel includes:

    -   Dr. Cavoukian, whose 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;

    -   John Hinds, the recently appointed president of the
        Canadian Newspaper Association, who is also president of
        the Canadian Community Newspaper Association;

    -   David McKie, a senior reporter with the investigative unit of
        CBC News; and

    -   Dr. Mark Vale, Ontario's Chief Information and Privacy Officer.

    Brian Beamish, the IPC's Assistant Commissioner for Access, is the
moderator of the panel.
    This is the third annual Right to Know luncheon sponsored by the
Commissioner. The first two were sold out and tickets are already going
quickly for this year's event, which is being held at the Dominion Club,
1 King Street West, Toronto.
    Tickets, which may only be purchased in advance, can be ordered through
the Toronto Region branch of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada,
the co-sponsor of the luncheon. An order form is available in the Right to
Know section of the IPC's website (, or through calling the
Communications Department at the IPC (416-326-3333).
    Among other tools Commissioner Cavoukian is using to help mark this
special week is a Right to Know Blitz Day on Monday, Sept. 29. IPC teams will
be setting up information tables to hand out IPC publications and answer
questions in malls in three cities, from noon to 4 p.m. that day.

    These information tables may be found in the following malls:

    -   Lime Ridge Mall in Hamilton;
    -   Square One in Mississauga;
    -   Yonge-Eglinton Centre in Toronto, and
    -   Centrepoint Mall in Toronto.

    The Right to Know section on the IPC's website (which is easily
accessible from the opening page of the website) includes information about
your rights under Ontario's freedom of information laws, an FOI Quiz, forms,
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.

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: (800) 387-0073,

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