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  • Daniel Corbett
    January 10, 2013 - 13:44

    Bill 29 reflects the contempt that the current Tory government has toward openness, transparency and your right to know. With regard to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner! It definitely is not the champion of openness and transparency. It is actually one more bureaucratic road block between you and the information you seek, a staging area to send a fool further along an unending road. The feeble attitude of this office toward access to information is in no small measure the cause of the current state of affairs. The above article is an attempt by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner to distance itself from an unsustainable state of affairs, which it created, through its pathetic attempt at fulfilling its mandate.

  • Ashley Fitzpatrick
    January 09, 2013 - 09:33

    Just based on early comments here, the timeline for response is an issue regardless of changes in the Act in the last year. For example, the initial request from The Telegram fell under the old version, the follow-up request under the new. In both cases, there was a 30-day period for initial response. Under the new Act, whoever is responding to a request has a bit more opportunity to receive extensions in the timelines. However, any extension still has to be communicated.

  • KD
    January 09, 2013 - 07:06

    Bill 29 and the new secrecy act will be the end of the pc party in nl I have voted pc in the past but I want any government I vote for to be open and transparent and since the mhas spending spree most voters are now aware of the corruption when there is no accountabilty if bill 29 is not rescinded i will not be voting pc in the next election I will even campaign against tnem

    • sc
      January 09, 2013 - 08:09

      This is the sort of behaviour one would expect of an incompetent, arrogant government whose ministers and civil servants are either too lazy to do their jobs, or feel that they are above the law and can simply ignore the people who they promised to serve. I think the provincial government should just admit that it can't govern and turn the responsibility for running this province over to the federal government. (Mind you, Mr. (Steve) Haper has no less contempt for Canadians that does our Premier and her followers so perhaps the solution would be to find another country that would be willing to manage NL). On another note, what's the point of having an 'Access to Information and Privacy Protection Act' if the government can simpy ignore it with impunity?