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.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.
In other words, you have a right to access in this province, but only on the government’s own particular and specific terms.
CTRL-C, CTRL-V, baby.