VANCOUVER—Canada’s Access to Information Act of 1982 is an essential law that allows citizens and the media to obtain government records on many vital topics, such as health and safety, crime, public finance, and the environment. Yet today it could be equated to a rusted manual typewriter in the iPhone-Twitter age. In 2008, I wrote a book called Fallen Behind, which contrasted all the world’s freedom of information laws to reveal that our ATI Act had lagged far behind global FOI standards in its level of openness.
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