Day: October 26, 2015
The Right to Know Week (September 28 to October 4 each year) recognizes the importance of the public’s right to access public documents through The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. “Right to Know 2015: Journalists’ and Government Perspectives” is a panel discussion hosted by The Right to Know Week committee on Wednesday, October 28 at the College Avenue Campus of the University of Regina.
An effective democracy requires citizens who are both engaged and informed. For citizens to participate meaningfully in government, both directly and through their elected representatives, they need accurate information to understand the issues. In healthy democracies Access to information promotes that understanding. The control of information is regulated for the common good and citizens have the means to find information held by their government.
But how well is Access to Information really working?
The panel discussion is moderated by Mark Anderson, Past Chair, Canadian Bar Association, Privacy and Access Law Section (Saskatchewan South) and panel members are
- Murray Mandryk – Political columnist for the Regina Leader-Post,
- Patricia Elliott – Assistant professor of journalism at the University of Regina School of Journalism
- Geoff Leo – Investigative Journalist for CBC News iTeam
- Deputy Minister of Justice Kevin Fenwick
Registration is not required.
The Law Society is looking for volunteers to act as representatives on the following boards:
- Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission
- Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA)
- College of Law Endowment Fund
A letter of interest, along with a resume to the attention of Tom Schonhoffer, Q.C., can be emailed to his assistant Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for applications is November 8, 2015.
By Sarah Roussel-Lewis
Some interesting reads to help you ease into your week:
- Amendments to Saskatchewan essential service law (Slaw)
- Defendants’ apologies found not admissible in civil proceedings or pleadings (First Reference Talks)
- Facial recognition technology coming to Sask. driver licences (Global News)
- Justin Trudeau pledges “real change” as liberals leap ahead to majority government (CBC)
- Liberals, NDP and Conservatives each win a seat in Regina (CBC)
- Saskatchewan government moves to restrict farmland ownership (Global News)
- Security measures at Saskatchewan Legislature may change (CBC)
- Updates law grants Saskatchewan pharmacists new powers (CBC)
- Vivaldi, the web and the return of browser wars (Slaw)