Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
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OPEN GOVERNMENT
Hush-hush about LeBreton Flats anchor project plans, NCC’s secretive, arrogant style

The NCC always has been its own worst enemy when it acts as a developer with private partners.


  
Shining light on Justin Trudeau’s stand on transparency

Unfortunately, Justin Trudeau’s private member’s bill would do little to ensure that Parliamentarians and the public would be entitled to know such things as the estimated Canadian Iraq war costs.


  
Harper’s Cabinet need not have any background facts, reinforces greater Cabinet secrecy

By eliminating the background analysis component of MCs, what the current PM has ensured, with mandarin support, is that Cabinet records themselves have now become more sanitized, compromised, and even more brazenly secret.


  
PCO’s new gig, as a central social media agency

PCO is using all kinds of newer platforms: from Twitter, blogs, a YouTube channel, podcasts, to photo galleries.


  
PM prerogative, public’s knowledge of his office and fleeting glimpses

It’s time for the Prime Minister’s Office to be covered by the Access to Information Act.


  
It’s open season on transparency in Ottawa

From deleted ministerial staff emails, to emasculating a proposed private member’s federal sunshine salary bill, authorities want to continue excluding a wide swath of government records from public access.


  
Six Tory Cabinet ministers take to road to showcase Harper government’s communications style

A quick look at how Tory Cabinet ministers last June communicated a Canadian Border Services Agency announcement of increases to the personal travel exemption limit of goods that could be brought back into Canada.


  
Privacy breaches underline weak, secretive federal data protection laws

Human Resources Canada’s loss of a hard drive with personal information of some 583,000 also raises questions about how much do we really know about the vast amount of personal information that the Canadian government or other governments hold.


  
Rubin: Idle No More takes on Harper’s dismantling of First Nations’ home base

A new kind of social media-savvy, youthful native rank-and-file leadership is emerging and it feels duped by Harper’s approach with his government’s fast-tracked legislative enactments and the government’s coordinated drive to resurface the look of reserves.


  
Feds won’t help Truth and Reconciliation Commission gather millions of government records for Research Centre, so it’s going to court

It’s important that a country be able to keep records of its past publicly accessible.


  
Supreme Court poised to hear key access-to-information legal challenge

It’s a key case expected to be held next year as the outcome of how broad policy advice secrecy claims will affect how much public access there is to government records in all Canadian jurisdictions.


  
Tories targeting First Nations and unions for fuller public disclosure

There is no comparable requirement for posting the exact salaries and benefits of government employees or the details of all transactions occurring between Ottawa’s legion of lobbyists and politicians and officials.


  
Canada’s Access to Information Act turns 30, but who’s looking or caring

Parliament has done nothing for the Access to Information Act which can be a legal weapon that sheds light into corrupt practices, government waste, unhealthy consumer and environmental situations, and government privacy intrusions.


  
Is a massive destruction of records on the way?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s rush to downgrade federal information holdings and services raises that concern.


  
Canada’s Health Infoway is too secretive

We desperately need to change the way our federal, provincial, and territorial laws readily exclude and exempt basic financial and consumer data, avoiding public and Parliamentary scrutiny.


  
Supreme Court ruling more often in favour of greater secrecy

In a February judgment, the Supreme Court essentially broadened and strengthened the third-party notification privileges corporations have that delay release and second lowered the evidentiary standards that the government needs to follow to show that records should remain secret. This will result in much more government data being kept secret under access legislation.


  
The parallel worlds of what’s public and private

Throwing the public the equivalent of two cute pandas or X-number of new data sets now and then, or undercutting Parliamentary committees’ work is not the equivalent of an open government partnership with the public.


  
Feds enter Twitter/YouTube era: one more Harper government messaging tool

The Privy Council Office approves several departments’ plans to create their own YouTube/Twitter sites.


  
Ottawa’s love of envelopes: from Brian Mulroney to the CBC

  
Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
MPs party under the stars, B.C. politicos come to Ottawa Feb. 8, 2016

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Party Under the Stars was held on Feb. 3 at Ottawa City Hall. Conservative MPs Erin O'Toole and Steven Blaney dancing with performer Jully Black. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Party Under the Stars organizer Cheri Elliott, National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. Sajjan and Ms. Elliott.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Environics' Louis Charles Roy, Greg MacEachern, and their newest hire Chris McCluskey.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa city councillor Jody Mitic.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP James Bezan.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Rob Nicholson. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Peter Kent.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Jully Black with emcee of the evening Sarah Freemark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The crowd inside the Sir John A. Macdonald Building on Feb. 3.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

B.C. Liberal MPs at Wednesday's reception.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal MPs Joyce Murray, Sukh Dhaliwal, and Hedy Fry with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Harjit Sajjan and Sukh Dhaliwal.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

B.C. Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido and Premier Christy Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal B.C. MP Hedy Fry.

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