Saturday, April 25, 2015

News From Working Group on the Future of the Canadian Library Association

This is a follow up to the Library Boy post of April 6, 2015 called New Blog on the Future of the Canadian Library Association.

The Canadian Library Association (CLA) has been holding discussions with stakeholders in the library community on a major overhaul of the organization. The CLA is looking into the concept of a federation of existing provincial/territorial and national sectoral associations to replace the existing direct membership model.

The Future CLA blog set up by the CLA Executive to share information about its reorganization efforts recently published  a number of documents on what has been happening:

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Adult and Youth Correctional Statistics in Canada

The Statistics Canada publication Juristat recently published 2 articles on the correctional system:
  • Adult correctional statistics in Canada, 2013/2014: "In 2013/2014, on any given day, there were on average 139,337 adult offenders being supervised in either provincial/territorial or federal correctional services. In the 10 reporting provinces and territories for which both custody and community data were available, there were a total of 116,442 adult offenders in either custody or a community program on a given day. This represents a rate of 492 offenders per 100,000 adult population, a decrease of 4% from the previous year and a decline of 12% compared to five years earlier ... In addition, on a typical day, there were 22,895 adult offenders in the federal correctional system. This represented a rate of 81 per 100,000 adult population, a figure that was down 3% from the previous year. However, compared to 2009/2010, the federal rate was up (4%). More than 8 in 10 adults under correctional supervision in the provinces and territories in 2013/2014 were in the community (82%) and the remaining 18% were in custody."
  • Youth correctional statistics in Canada, 2013/2014: "The majority of youth who are involved with the youth correctional system are being supervised in community corrections rather than in custody. In 2013/2014, for the nine reporting jurisdictions, there were 9,458 youth being supervised on an average day ... Of this total, 90% were being supervised in the community, primarily while serving a sentence of probation. These findings are consistent with the YCJA sentencing principles which state that all sanctions other than custody should be considered for youth whenever appropriate. The average daily rate of youth involved in correctional services was 63 per 10,000 youth population. This was down 9% from the year before and 25% from five years earlier. The youth crime rate has also been decreasing over the last decade ... There were declines in both the youth custody and community populations in 2013/2014.  On average 8,514 youth were being supervised in the community on a typical day.  This equated to a rate of 57 young persons per 10,000 youth, a figure that was down 9% from the previous year and 26% lower than five years earlier.  There were 1,019 young persons in custody on any given day, resulting in a youth incarceration rate of 6 per 10,000 youth population. The youth incarceration rate declined from 7 per 10,000 youth in 2012/2013 and dropped for the sixth consecutive year, continuing the downward trend since the rate peaked in the mid-1990s"

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Upcoming Conference on Long-term Access to Government Information in the Digital Era

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries is organizing a conference called Leviathan North: Long-term Access to Government Information in the Digital Era at the St. James’ Cathedral Centre in Toronto on May 14-15, 2015:
"Libraries, archives and other memory institutions ensure that government information—vital for historical research and informed policy-making—remains accessible for current and future generations of researchers. Yet the vast scale of the information that governments produce and collect today, together with the inherent fragility of digital media and the complexities and costs of digital stewardship, threaten the survival of key information resources. The long-term preservation of digital government information was recently raised as a concern in reports from a Royal Society of Canada expert panel, the Auditor General of Canada, and a Canadian Council of Academies expert panel."

"Leviathan North: Long-term Access to Government Information in the Digital Era, inspired by the Centre for Research Libraries’ 2014 original Leviathan meeting held in Chicago in April 2014, will convene a range of high-level stakeholders in the long-term preservation and use of government information, providing a forum to explore the dimensions of the challenge and collaborative opportunities for the future. Through presentations and discussion, representatives of government agencies, research libraries (academic, public and legislative), national and provincial archives, and scholars will consider how changing needs are affecting longstanding roles and practices, and seek collaborative strategies to ensure the long-term survival, integrity and accessibility of the digital records, data and published information of Canadian governments."
Speakers include:
  • Dr. Janice Stein, Munk School of Global Affairs, Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
  • Thomas S. Blanton, Executive Director, National Security Archive, George Washington University, Washington, DC  
  • Stephen B Walker, Executive Director, Information Management and Open Government, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada
  • Sylvie Michaud, Assistant Chief Statistician, Analytical Studies, Methodology and Statistical Infrastructure
  • Christiane Barbe, Présidente-directrice générale, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
  • Ian Burnett, Chair, Council of Provincial and Territorial Archivists
  • Vicki Whitmell, Chair, Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Canada
  • Bernie Reilly, President, Center for Research Libraries
  • Ingrid Parent, University Librarian, University of British Columbia, former President, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

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New Guide on Library Technology Disaster Planning

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, has published a new guide on Technology Disaster Response and Recovery Planning ($59.00 US):
"Most library disaster plans focus on response and recovery from collection and facilities disasters, such as fire and floods. But because technology is becoming ever more integral to libraries’ role in their communities, any interruption in service and resources is a serious matter.  A disaster’s effect on internet and social media sites, electronic resources, digital collections, and staff and public infrastructure of PCs, tablets, laptops and other peripherals requires special consideration. Featuring contributions from librarians who offer hard-won advice gained from personal experience, this compendium leads readers through a step-by-step process of creating a library technology disaster response and recovery plan. "

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2015 Legal Research Teach-In Toolkit from American Association of Law Libraries

The Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section (a sub-group of the American Association of Law Libraries) has released its 23rd Annual National Legal Research Teach-In Kit.
Every year, the Section solicits contributions from the law library community that other librarians can use to develop their own instructional activities at their institutions.

This year, there are 15 submissions that include course and presentation materials, assignments, handouts, and visual aids.

There is also a list of kits from previous years.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Library-Related Content of the 2015 Federal Budget

The blog of the Government Library & IM Professionals Network, a unit of the Canadian Library Association, published highlights from yesterday's 2015 federal budget that may interest the Canadian library community.

They are divided into elements relating to:
  •  activities and events to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017
  • changes to copyright  legislation
  • education initiatives
  • infrastructure
  • research infrastructure at universities, colleges and research hospitals


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Library of Parliament Legislative Summary of Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

The Library of Parliament has published an updated version of its legislative summary of Bill C-2: An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. It relates to safe injection sites for intravenous drug users:
"Bill C-2, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (short title: Respect for Communities Act), was introduced in the House of Commons on 17 October 2013 by the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health. It was referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security on 19 June 2014, and was reported back to the House of Commons without amendment on 18 November 2014. The bill passed third reading in the House of Commons on 23 March 2015 and received first reading in the Senate on 24 March 2015."

"Bill C-2 was previously introduced in the 1st Session of the 41st Parliament as Bill C-65, which died on the Order Paper when Parliament was prorogued on 13 September 2013. At the time, Bill C-65 was awaiting second reading in the House of Commons."


"Bill C-2’s most noteworthy clauses provide for amendments to section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). Section 56 deals with the conditions under which the Minister of Health may consider granting an exemption from the application of any provisions of the Act or its regulations for medical or scientific purposes or any other purpose in the public interest. The amendments to section 56 focus specifically on exemption requirements for the operation of supervised consumption sites in Canada. The term 'supervised consumption site' will be used throughout this paper when referring to the bill ... Other sources referred to in this paper, including the Supreme Court of Canada, instead use the term 'supervised injection site' or 'safe/safer injection site'."
Bill C-2, and its earlier incarnation as Bill C-65, were introduced in reaction to the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Canada (Attorney General) v. PHS Community Services Society, 2011 SCC 44, [2011] 3 S.C.R. 134.

It is possible to follow the progress of the bill in Parliament on the LEGISinfo website.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Publications Nominated for the 2015 Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing

Every year, the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) hands out the Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing.

It honours a publisher that has demonstrated excellence by publishing a work, series, website or e-product that makes a significant contribution to legal research and scholarship.

The nominees for this year are:
The award honours Hugh Lawford (1933-2009), Professor of Law at Queens’ University and the founder of Quicklaw.

The award will be presented to the winner at a reception during the 2015 CALL Annual Meeting in Moncton, New Brunswick in May. 

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

April 2015 Issue of Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World

The Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World newsletter, published by Library and Archives Canada (LAC), highlights issues pertaining to government and recordkeeping practices in the public and private sectors around the world.

The April 2015 issue has just been published.

It includes:
  • news items from Canada and around the world 
  • announcements of upcoming Canadian and international events (meetings, conferences, seminars) 
  • project and product news in areas such as digitization, archives, open source, e-government, access to information and Web 2.0 
  • listings of papers and readings (white papers, presentations, reports)

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Upcoming Webinar on Library Polices: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Education Institute, the continuing education program developed by The Partnership of Provincial and Territorial Library Associations of Canada, is organizing a webinar on Library Polices: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly on April 23, 2015:
"All libraries have policies. But when was the last time your reviewed them and ask yourself, 'Is this policy really necessary?' In this one hour session, Michael will share his experiences and stories of speaking with librarians about their policies over the past twenty years. And, even if you don’t change any of your library’s policies when it’s all over, you’ll at least be asking yourself, or your administration, 'Just why do we have this policy?' "
The one-hour webinar is $45 for members/$55 for non-members and begins at 12PM EST.

The instructor is Michael Sauers, Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

SLA Survey on Strategies for Demonstrating Your Contributions

The international information professional organization SLA (Special Libraries Association) is conducting a survey on strategies people use to demonstrate how they contribute to the success of their organization:
"We are seeking real-world examples that will become the core of a toolkit of readily-adaptable templates that can be used by any member."

"Please complete this survey in the spirit of sharing and networking that helps SLA work for the benefit of its members. It should only take 15-20 minutes."

"Please respond no later than Thursday, April 30."
Results will inform an event at the SLA 2015 annual conference in Boston.

SLA reported earlier this week on its blog that preliminary results show that:
  • 3 out of 4 respondents provide a regular report on services to stakeholders;
  • 8 out of 10 chose language carefully when explaining the value of their operation;
  • over 60% have specific vision/mission statements and values;
  • 70% don’t benchmark services; and
  • over 30% have a pre-prepared pitch for chance conversations

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International Inter-Library Loan Survey

The International Interlibrary Loan Committee of the Reference and User Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, is conducting a survey about international inter-library loan activities. It was developed for the Committee by the University of Washington.

The questions deal with:
  • Total number of ILL Borrowing and also Lending requests received within a recent (last three years) 12 month period
  • Total number of International Borrowing and also International Lending requests received within a recent (last three years) 12 month period
  • Average turnaround time for all borrowing requests regardless of source
  • The top five countries borrowed from and also the top five loaned to
Two previous international ILL reports are available on the RUSA website:

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

2015 Law via the Internet Conference Call for Papers

The organizers of the 2014 Law via the Internet conference have posted a call for submissions on a range of topics from sports law online to user-generated legal content.

The event takes place at the University of New South Wales 10-11 November, 2015. The submission deadline for abstracts is July 24, 2015.

The conference brings together people from the Legal Information Institutes (LIIs) from different countries and continents that together form the Free Access to Law Movement.

The goal of the LIIs is to maximize free access to public legal information such as legislation and case law from as many countries and international institutions as possible. CanLII, the Canadian Legal Information Institute, and  Lexum, which publishes the decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada online, are prominent members of the movement.

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American Library Association Preservation Week

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association, is celebrating Preservation Week from April 26-May 2, 2015.

As part of the week, it s offering a series of free webinars:

April 28th - Moving Image Preservation 101
This presentation covers the basic composition and history of film and video technology, particularly as it relates to formats found within personal and family collections. Tips and tricks for preserving your personal moving image materials will be addressed so that future generations can continue to enjoy your family movies and videos.
More information: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/042815

April 30th - Digital Preservation for Individuals and Small Groups
As technology changes, the greatest threat to preserving digital files is obsolescence. Files may get stuck on obsolete media or in some form that may become unusable in time. This webinar can help increase your understanding of what it takes to preserve commonly used digital files such photos, recordings, videos and documents. Learn about the nature of the digital-preservation challenge and hear about some simple, practical tips and tools to help you preserve your digital stuff.
More information: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/043015

May 1st - Disaster Response Q&A
Once a disaster strikes, the knee-jerk reaction is to rush in and save everything, but racing in without advance planning puts collections at risk of more damage and staff at risk of injury. This session will feature a live question-and-answer session.
More information: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/050115

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Article on University of Toronto's Searchable Database of Edward Snowden Documents

This is a follow-up to the Library Boy post of March 6, 2015 entitled Canadians Create New Searchable Database of Edward Snowden Documents.

U of T News,  the news website of the University of Toronto, published an article yesterday about the Snowden Surveillance Archive, a database of all the publicly released classified documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

The Archive project was led by the university's Andrew Clement, a professor at the institution's "iSchool" (information studies):
"Launched in partnership with the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, the archive is just one part of an international effort led by the iSchool's Clement to develop constructive responses by iSchools around the world to the growing challenge of mass state surveillance."

"A public statement endorsed by Clement and faculty at iSchools across North America calls for universities to: develop curriculum that addresses issues of mass state surveillance and prepare students to understand better the surveillance to which they are exposed; invite NSA and other government officials as guest course speakers to address issues of mass state surveillance and respond to student questions; and invite NSA whistleblowers and journalists who have covered the NSA disclosures as guest speakers to address issues of mass state surveillance and respond to student questions."


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Saturday, April 11, 2015

British Library Exhibition on 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta

This is a follow-up to the February 7, 2015 Library Boy post entitled More on the Magna Carta's 800th Anniversary that mentioned an online exhibition at the British Library about the anniversary of the document considered the foundation for the concept of the rule of law.

The British Library's Medieval Manuscripts Blog has an article on Pictures At An Exhibition that describes some of the prints, drawings and paintings that present the Magna Carta in its historical context.

The items come from the British Museum; the Victoria and Albert Museum; the National Portrait Gallery; HM The Queen and the Royal Collection, Windsor; the Palace of Westminster; the Bodleian Library, Oxford; and the Musée Carnavalet, Paris.

Earlier Library Boy posts about the Magna Carta include:

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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Library of Parliament Legislative Summary of Bill C-49: An Act to amend the Competition Act

The Library of Parliament recently published a legislative summary of Bill C-49: An Act to amend the Competition Act (short title: Price Transparency Act):
"Bill C-49: An Act to amend the Competition Act (short title: Price Transparency Act)1 was introduced and given first reading in the House of Commons on 9 December 2014. Fundamentally, the bill aims to end geographic price discrimination, which, according to the government, is one of the key contributors to the Canada–U.S. price gap for consumer goods."

"The bill gives the Commissioner of Competition the authority to investigate alleged cases of price discrimination between the two countries. The Commissioner’s findings, which are to be publicly reported, must include the apparent reasons for price differences and shed light on any unjustified differences (...)"

"Bill C-49 received a mixed response from stakeholders following its introduction and first reading in the House of Commons. According to media reports, the main criticism of the bill is that it will probably not be effective in reducing the consumer goods price gap between Canada and the United States. The C.D. Howe Institute suggested that the bill might even diminish competition in Canada by discouraging foreign companies from doing business in Canada. "

"However, the Retail Council of Canada expressed support for the bill. It believes that some foreign manufacturers sell their products at a higher price to Canadian retailers than to U.S. retailers, simply because they believe that Canadians are willing to pay more for the same product. The council believes that the bill will identify manufacturers who practise geographical price discrimination and allow Canadians to know which ones are treating them fairly."
It is possible to follow the progress of the Bill in Parliament on the LEGISinfo website.

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Statistics Canada Article on Legal Aid in Canada, 2013/14

Statistics Canada has published an article in its publication Juristat entitled Legal aid in Canada, 2013/2014:
"Access to justice in Canada is a priority of governments, policy-makers, legal professionals and the public ... One aspect of access to justice is access to legal services. Not all Canadians have the resources to pay for a lawyer. Legal aid plans have been established in all provinces and territories with the common goal of assisting lower-income Canadians who require legal services either for criminal or civil matters ... This Juristat bulletin presents results for 2013/2014 of the Legal Aid Survey, which collects information on the operation of Canada’s 13 legal aid plans."

"Legal aid plans receive funding to operate and to provide legal services from governments (both federal and provincial or territorial), as well as from client contributions, cost recoveries from legal settlements, and from contributions from the legal profession and other sources."

"The federal government provides funding for legal aid to the provinces and territories. According to data from the Legal Aid Survey, the federal government, through the Department of Justice Legal Aid Program, reported providing a total of $112 million to the provinces and territories for the delivery of criminal and civil legal aid. Provincial and territorial governments directly fund both criminal and civil legal aid. In 2013/2014, provincial and territorial governments reported contributing $643 million to legal aid plans across Canada."

"Legal aid plans in Canada reported receiving funding of $823 million in 2013/2014 ... Government sources contributed the vast majority of this amount—92% of the total. The remaining 8% of funding was received from client contributions, cost recoveries from legal settlements, and contributions from the legal profession and other sources."

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Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles March 2015

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection for the month of March 2015 is now available on the Court website.

The web page explains: "The Supreme Court of Canada Library lends materials from all but the most recent New Library Titles list in accordance with its Interlibrary Loan Policy."

It is possible to subscribe via e-mail to receive the list.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

All Supreme Court of Canada Decisions Back to its Founding Now Available on the SCC Judgments Website

The Supreme Court of Canada announced today that all decisions published in the Supreme Court Reports dating back to 1876 are now available on the SCC Judgments website run for the Court by the company Lexum.

According to today's press release:
"Over the past 20 years, the SCC and Lexum have been working collaboratively, together with partners such as the Law Foundation of Ontario, the Law Foundation of British Columbia, the Alberta Law Foundation, the Centre d’accès à l’information juridique in Quebec, CanLII and others, to fill in gaps in the Supreme Court judgment database. We are pleased that the work begun so many years ago is nearly complete." 


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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Canadian Lawyer Magazine Cover Story on Supreme Court Justice Andromache Karakatsanis

The most recent issue of Canadian Lawyer has a cover story on Supreme Court Justice Andromache Karakatsanis:
"The relative calm of the morning is a break in what has been a very busy and sometimes controversial past few years at the Supreme Court. During that period, the court has struck down some of the federal government’s crime legislation and ruled against its attempt to unilaterally amend the terms of senators. It quashed some of the country’s prostitution laws, struck down the ban on assisted suicide, ruled that Marc Nadon was not eligible to be appointed to its bench, and concluded there is a constitutional right to strike."

"Sitting with her colleagues in all of those cases was Justice Andromache Karakatsanis, who has already carved out a profile at the court in the three-and-half-years since she was elevated from the Ontario Court of Appeal. In addition to her role in the majority decisions that received the most media attention, she has been the author of a number of major rulings that will impact the legal community and the administration of justice. They include decisions designed to streamline civil litigation, protect the privacy rights of sexual assault victims, and remove a potential obstacle for individuals who are suing police over alleged misconduct. She has not hesitated to write strong dissents in areas as diverse as competition law to warning against allowing the state broad powers that might infringe the privacy rights of people under police investigation."
At the bottom of the article, readers can find a list of her "noteworthy Supreme Court rulings".

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Supreme Court of Canada Hearings Calendar for April 2015

The Supreme Court of Canada has published its calendar of appeal hearings for April 2015.

To find out more about any particular case, the Court's website has a section that allows users to find docket information, case summaries as well as factums from the parties. All you need to do is click on a case name.

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Monday, April 06, 2015

Association of College and Research Libraries 2015 Conference Proceedings Available Online

The proceedings of the latest Association of College and Research Libraries conference held in Portland, Oregon in late March are now online, all 828 pages of them in one single PDF file.

Lots of cool stuff. Enjoy!

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New Blog on the Future of the Canadian Library Association

The Canadian Library Association (CLA) has been discussing a major reorganization in recent months.

The CLA is proposing a new model based on the concept of a federated "association of associations" to replace the existing direct membership model that is seen as inadequate and obsolete. It would somehow bring together existing provincial/territorial and national sectoral associations (e.g. health, law, etc.).

A new blog called Future CLA has been launched by the CLA Executive to disseminate information about the ongoing discussions.

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Statistics Canada Article on Police Resources in Canada

At the end of March, the Statistics Canada publication Juristat published an article on Police resources in Canada, 2014.

The article examines trends in police resources for Canada, the provinces and territories, and census metropolitan areas (CMAs). The number of police officers per 100,000 population (rate of police strength) is presented for each of the national, provincial/territorial, and CMA levels.

Additionally, other police personnel statistics, including gender, hirings, departures, and eligibility to retire of police officers, and data on expenditures on policing (a component of justice system spending) are presented for the national and provincial/territorial levels. Finally, selected personnel data are presented at the national level, including rank, age group, and years of service of police officers, as well as the number of civilians.

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Friday, April 03, 2015

Canada's Information Commissioner Proposes Major Expansion of Access to Information Legislation

Suzanne Legault, the Information Commissioner of Canada, earlier this week proposed a major modernization of the federal Access to Information Act that would extend the legislation's coverage to currently exempt government bodies.

Under the Act passed more than 30 years ago, any Canadian citizen can ask federal government departments and agencies for access to internal documents with some exceptions (defence, law enforcement investigations, cabinet confidences, etc.). Those agencies must respond within 30 days or explain why a delay is required.

Annual reports by the Office of the Information Commissioner have documented major delays as well as problems related to the exclusion under the Act of many types of important documents and of many government bodies.

Mme. Legault is therefore recommending that the Act:
  •  cover the Prime Minister’s Office, ministers’ offices, the institutions that support Parliament and the administration of the courts
  • add a legal duty to document the decision-making process to ensure that official records are created, and a legal duty to report the unauthorised destruction or loss of information
  • require that any delay beyond 60 days  be subject to the authorization of the Office of the Commissioner
  • outline that clear limits be placed on the exemptions that must remain to protect specific types of information

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