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News Releases and Communications

  1. Duty to Document, News Release of a joint resolution of the federal, provincial and territorial Information and Privacy Commissioners and Ombudspersons, January 25, 2016, calling on their respective governments to create a legislated duty requiring public entities to document matters related to their deliberations, actions and decisions.

  2. Letter to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security about Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015, Letter dated March 4, 2015, to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security from provincial and territorial privacy commissioners of Canada expressing deep concern about the far reaching implications of Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015, for the fundamental rights of Canadians.

  3. The Era of Digital Government, News Release of a joint resolution of the federal, provincial and territorial Information and Privacy Commissioners and Ombudspersons, November 14, 2014, Ottawa, ON, urging the federal, provincial and territorial governments to review and modernize their information management practices for digital era.

  4. Open Letter from Commissioner on the Proposed Health Information Act, Response from the Information and Privacy Commissioner, March 15, 2014, to the consultation paper of the Department of Health and Wellness, which proposes new legislation to govern the collection, use and discloure of personal health information on Prince Edward Island.

  5. National Security and Law Enforcement Measures, News Release from the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Meeting of Privacy and Information Commissioners and Ombudspeople, Ottawa, ON, October 29, 2013, calling on the federal government to ensure that effective oversight be included in any legislation that establishes additional powers for intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

  6. Modernizing Access and Privacy Laws for the 21st Century, News Release and Resolution from the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Meeting of Information and Privacy Commissioners and Ombudspeople, Vancouver, BC, October 9, 2013.

  7. PM announces new measures to make Government data more accessible to Canadians, News Release from the Office of the Prime Minister on June 18, 2013, announcing the adoption of the Open Data Charter with other G-8 countries, committing Canada to the proactive release of more data via a comprehensive online registry of data holdings.

  8. Grace-Pépin Access to Information Award: Call for Nominations, News Release from the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada calling for nominations to those who have made a significant contribution to the promotion of access to information principles.  The award will be presented during this year's national 2013 Right to Know Week, starting September 23, 2013. Nominations will be accepted until August 15, 2013.

  9. Perimeter Security: Privacy commissioners urge transparency and respect for Canadian privacy standards, News Release from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada announcing a joint resolution of the federal, provincial and territorial privacy commissioners and calling on the federal government to take all steps necessary to ensure the standards and values behind Canadian privacy laws are not diminished as programs to fulfill the Canada-US perimeter security action plan are developed.

  10. Call for Nominations for the Grace-Pépin Access to Information Award, News Release from the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada calling for nominations to those who have made a significant contribution to the promotion of access to information principles.  The award will be presented in Ottawa during the National 2012 Right to Know Week, taking place from September 24th to the 28th. Nominations will be accepted until July 3, 2012.

  11. Open Letter to the Minister of Public Safety on Lawful Access Legislation, Open letter dated October 26, 2011, to the Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews, from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Jennifer Stoddart, outlining deep concerns about potential lawful access legislation.

  12. Canada endorses an international resolution on Access to Information, News release and resolution from the International Conference of Information Commissioners held in Ottawa October 4-5, 2011. The resolution calls on governments to enshrine the right to information in national laws and to put in place effective appeal mechanisms.

  13. IAPP Program recipient of inaugural Grace-Pepin Access to Information Award, News release from the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada announcing the recipient of the first Grace-Pepin Access to Informatin Award.

  14. Grace-Pépin Access to Information Award, News Release from the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada announcing the creation of the Grace-Pepin Access to Information Award, being presented in the memory of John Grace (1927-2009) and Marcel Pepin (1942-1999).  The prestigious award will be presented for the first time during the International Conference of Information Commissioners being held in Ottawa on October 4-5, 2011.

  15. Call for Open Government, News Release and Resolution from the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Meeting of Information and Privacy Commissioners and Ombudspeople, Whitehorse, YK, September 1, 2010.

  16. Renewal of OPC Contributions Program, News Release from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada welcoming the extension of a federal funding program that has supported more than 50 privacy-related research initiatives since 2004. Research into privacy impacts of technology among priority funding areas for renewed grants program.

  17. FAQs - Administrative Tribunals and Internet Publication of Decisions, Document prepared by Gary Dickson, Q.C., Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner, entitled "Electronic Disclosure of Personal Information in the Decisions of Administrative Tribunals", providing helpful considerations for administative tribunals when contemplating internet publication of their decisions.

  18. National Launch of Children's Online Privacy Discussion Paper, News Release announcing the national launch of the Children's Online Privacy Working Group's discussion paper,"There Ought to be a Law: Protecting Children's Online Privacy in the 21st Century" on Thursday, November 19, 2009, at the International Conference on Child Rights in Ottawa. Related resources include an Activities reference sheet and Questions and Answers reference sheet.

  19. Expanded Surveillance Regime and Personal Health Records, News Release and two Resolutions from the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Meeting of Information and Privacy Commissioners and Ombudsmen, St. John's, NL, September 10, 2009.

  20. Enhanced Drivers Licenses, News Release and Resolution from the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Meeting of Information and Privacy Commissioners and Ombudsmen, Victoria, BC, February 5, 2008.

  21. Letter to Standing Committee on Community Affairs and Economic Development, Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island, dated November 15, 2004, with respect to a review of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

  22. Submissions to David Loukidelis, Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, dated August 5, 2004, with respect to the USA Patriot Act.

  23. Letter to the Honourable Denis Coderre, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, dated August 2003, with respect to the National Identity Card.

  24. Speech to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, on February 13, 2003, with respect to the National Identity Card.

  25. Letter to The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien PC MP, dated February 12, 2003, with respect to the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency Database.

  26. On March 14, 2017, Commissioner Rose presented an overview of the FOIPP Act to the Standing Committee on Communities, Land and Environment in preparation for a legislative review. A transcript of the meeting is available on the Legislative Assembly's website here. The Commissioner also presented some notes on a PowerPoint slide deck, which are here.

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