Public Forum on Ontario's proposed Enhanced Driver's Licence set for July 16, 2008

    TORONTO, June 26 /CNW/ - If Canadians want to enter the United States by
air, they are currently required to present a Canadian passport. As of June 1,
2009, they will be required to have that passport - or an alternate
identification device that the U.S. has deemed to be secure - to enter at land
or sea entry points.
    Ontario is one of several provinces that have announced their intention
to implement an enhanced drivers' licence (EDL) as an alternative to a
passport. Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian,
has noted privacy issues to be addressed in such an EDL proposal.
    On July 16, the Commissioner, together with Professor Andrew Clement, are
sponsoring a public information forum at the University of Toronto to provide
clarification about Ontario's proposed EDL.
    "We want to facilitate the provision of clear factual information on the
voluntary EDL initiative proposed in Ontario," said Commissioner Cavoukian.
"The focus of this public forum is to help the public understand the facts of
the EDL proposal."
    This forum will be held at the Faculty of Information Studies, University
of Toronto, Claude T. Bissell Building, Room 205, 140 St. George Street,
Toronto, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Bob Spence, Communications
Co-ordinator, Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario, Direct line: (416)
326-3939, Toll free: 800-387-0073, Cell: (416) 873-9746,

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