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Stories by Ken Rubin

Opposition to combating centralized secretive prime ministerial decision-making is weak

Opinion|By Ken Rubin
It's going to take a lot more effort and heavy lifting to put the PM and PMO in place for a better and more accountable and transparent government.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
The federal government's access to information system is crumbling, and it is jeopardizing important national projects.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
In the end, the review is a diversion and it's a lopsided, costly effort. It's also an attempt to head off any real, significant disclosure advances.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Probably the most hidden and damning record in Canadian history came out of Kamloops with the recent discovery of one mass grave containing the remains of 215 missing Indigenous children.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Canada's federal and provincial governments need to hit pause and rethink their digital identity scheme and digital legislation which are pushing sufficient and secure privacy protection largely aside.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
A drama is unfolding about the affordability of the CSC program. It may mean starting from scratch and paying Irving extra severance fees as the former prime contractor. But it may mean affordability and accountability.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Documents obtained from PSPC show that federal officials started spending a great deal of time and paper back in 2019 discussing how they would enhance the hoarding boards erected Centre Block. Here's their plan.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Rather than the Trudeau government wanting more transparency, they have given Canadians a bureaucratic slow-moving, self-serving review, and forced us to go to other countries for information needed here.
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Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Treasury Board rules note that departments should categorize just how risky their planned uses of AI are. Those algorithm impact assessments could help the public understand the risks and uses of AI.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Julie Payette leaves, but picking up the pieces means more than a little house cleaning. It requires radical transparency changes. Let's give Canadians the tools they need to monitor and improve those hiding from us.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Getting fuller, timely disclosures is an issue this government may or may not deal with, given this parliamentary intervention, but it should be one for debate and for the records.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
It's time for the government to take off the mask that disguises and robs us of the public's right to know. A trustworthy and revitalized government requires effective access and more public scrutiny.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Limitations on the Access to Information Act and government heel-dragging could make it difficult to ever see the full truth behind the WE Charity controversy.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Canadians deserve more than lacklustre and limited data in changing times.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Public Service Alliance of Canada says the government is currently working on a return-to-work plan for federal employees.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
The department doesn’t acknowledge whether employees or employers have to be informed about potential cases, including those who have recovered from the virus. 
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
COVID-19 puts privacy rights under attack. Zoombombers, COVID-19 scammers, and cellphone trackers are gaining ground as Canadians self-isolate.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
The government is staying mum about a mandatory review of its previous changes to the Access to Information law due this summer.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
A Public Safety draft June 2019 memo noted that climate change losses to the economy could be as high as $5-billion in 2020 and could escalate to between $20-billion to $40-billion a year by the 2050s.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Parks Canada had put forward a business case to spend more than $1-million to redo and widen the three-kilometre access trail to a private boat tour operator before the public knew some of the redesigned trail features.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Governments have been unwilling to really change Canada's outdated public sector Privacy Act, or improve it alongside PIPEDA, which governs the private sector, writes Ken Rubin.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
The ministers overseeing the Health, Justice, and Innovation departments must do a better job of living up to the prime minister's promises on transparency.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Let's hope that the upcoming October 2019 election may help shape a better and less deceptive deal for consumers in terms of the public's right to really know what's going on and who's feeding who the outcomes.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Entering the secrecy club: Judges, the PM, and the PMO head the list in Bill C-58.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Bill C-58 is still with the Senate to review. For the most part, it appears the Senate will go along with the government's powerful repressive practices that Bill C-58 incites.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
The public can now only catch a glimpse of what this historic house looks like when passing nearby on Sussex Drive.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Library and Archives Canada is shelling out public money to collect prime ministerial records, and keep them hidden from the public for decades.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
The government's regressive access to information bill is now in the Senate's hands, but that's not the only threat to transparency in the capital.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Too many of the signature building projects in Ottawa amount to a poor use of valuable public space.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Brison's crowning sales pitch was reserved for Bill C-58's proposal to legalize a new release system that sets some records aside that government would selectively disclose, like minister's mandate letters and expenses.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Canada's broken access to information system has increasingly become entrenched, argues Ken Rubin.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
The culture of secrecy continues under the Trudeau government.
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