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"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Freedom from Information: liberation edition

Russell Wayne-Gretzky of the Quebec Daily Newspaper makes a familiar observation:
Perhaps the most telling part of the province’s brand-new review of access to information law is that the document was issued in an electronic format so locked down that it doesn’t even allow sections of the report to be copied.

In other words, you have a right to access in this province, but only on the government’s own particular and specific terms.
For Mr. Wayne-Gretky's benefit — and that of everyone who is not named John R. Cummings, Q.C. — here is an unlocked copy of Mr. Cummings' Review of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, as launched by Felix Collins, ever-so-concerned about "frivolous" accessing of information, last March, and released, in a locked-down format, well after the close of government business hours on Wednesday evening.

CTRL-C, CTRL-V, baby.

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7 Comments:

At 9:20 AM, January 30, 2011 , Blogger Ursula said...

Could the problem be that this is how Russell Wayne views the world ?

Williams ---- Good Government---Bad .....

Milhaly would probably have this to say about that .

'As long as we respond predictably to what feels good and what feels bad, it is easy for others to exploit our preferences for their own ends'.
~~Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi~~.

 
At 11:37 AM, January 30, 2011 , Blogger Edward Hollett said...

There is a contradiction in what lots of people think and say about the Williams period, Ursula. That's not to dismiss or disagree with your point, as much as to say the schism is common.

I am not sure how people reconcile the contradictions or even if they agree they are contradictions, but they are certainly there.

 
At 2:19 PM, January 30, 2011 , Blogger One Woman said...

Thanks for the link to the unlocked version. There’s a job there for someone to go around behind government to unlock all the locked electronic documents released to the public via government’s website or through ATIPPA requests.

 
At 3:09 PM, January 30, 2011 , Blogger Ursula said...

Wallace is your man .

 
At 5:46 PM, January 31, 2011 , Blogger Wm. Murphy said...

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi commenting on NL politics

WTF!!! Dear God...is no one safe!

I gotta join that international book club

 
At 8:11 PM, January 31, 2011 , Blogger Peter said...

That's nothing. I'm in an intergalactic book club. The crowd on Centaur 5 are getting a grand kick out of this kerfuffle.

 
At 8:48 PM, January 31, 2011 , Blogger Wm. Murphy said...

An intergalactic book club...wow, that's impressive

hmmm....I wonder if your club has forwarded the results of the survey to the Mem from Labrador. Word has it that the results will be bigger than Avatar!

 

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