Canadian Feds drop Information Curtain

Tories kill access to information database
Friday, May 2, 2008 - CBC News

The federal Conservatives have quietly killed an access to information registry used by journalists, experts and the public that users say helped hold the government accountable.

The Coordination of Access to Information Requests System, or CAIRS, is an electronic list of nearly every access to information request filed to federal departments and agencies.

Originally created in 1989, it was used as an internal tool to keep track of requests and co-ordinate the government's response between agencies to potentially sensitive information released.

Now, users mine the database to do statistical studies, fine tune phrasing on new requests and discover obscure documents — often using the information against the government.

"It was really a tool designed to make government more open," said CBC investigative journalist David McKie.

"Now that it appears as though this is no longer going to be available it is very disappointing indeed and people are really wondering what the real motivation is."

Last week, a notice to civil servants from Treasury Board stated that effective April 1, "the requirement to update CAIRS is no longer in effect."
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3 comments:

Powell lucas said...

I don't want to see the data base dropped either. Anything that sheds light on government, and especially, bureaucratic activities is good. However, lets put this in context; how many people do you know who use this service or, for that matter, even knew of its existence?

Dan F said...

Dear Powell,

I don't know anything about it - just that it's elimination goes hand in hand with everything the Bushists are up to vis-a-vis world domination.

Hope that helps clarify my position.

Anonymous said...

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From: Dan Fitzgerald danf@danf.net
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 05:19:53 +0200
Subject: Re: Fwd: The Dept of Foreign Affairs should quit sneaking
around and simply act with integrity finally EH Ms. Penny Priddy?
To: David Amos david.raymond.amos@gmail.com
Cc: duffy@ctv.ca, tomp.young@atlanticradio.rogers.com,
oldmaison@yahoo.com

David Amos

With luck someday lots of folks will ask the Dept of Foreign Affairs and International Trade some hard questions about our dealings with corrupt Yankees and why they attacked me for blowing the whistle six years ago on bad acting bankers and their cohorts in the US Treasury Dept to the RCMP.

http://qslspolitics.blogspot.com/2008/05/david-amos-high-noon-email-to-ottawa.html

Other things worthy of note.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/05/23/brodie-report.html

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