Government to increase online public access

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Keith Hutchings. — Telegram file photo

The provincial government is moving to put more information online, including completed access to information requests and cabinet directives.

In a news conference around lunchtime today, Keith Hutchings, minister responsible for access to information, announced that a pair of websites will go live this afternoon to provide public access to government documents.

The government is committing to post completed access to information requests online 72 hours after the applicant receives the file. This means that journalists, for example, will effectively have three days to break a story based on documents they receive before they're publicly available on the government's website.

Other provinces and the federal government have similar provisions.

Newfoundland and Labrador will also become one of the last provinces in teh country to post orders in council online. The orders – official cabinet directives signed by the Lieutenant Governor – have always been publicly available. But until now the government did not post them online, or inform citizens in any way that they're public documents.

In recent months, The Telegram has done a series of stories on the government's position on orders in council. Democracy Watch has called the lack of disclosure compared to other provinces “dangerously undemocratic.”

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Sam Beber
    April 23, 2013 - 22:42

    I was reading your newspaper articles as I am doing a project on Newfoundland and I came across this article. The article is very interesting yet I stumbled upon a spelling error in which it is written, "last provinces in teh country to post" whereas is should be written, "last provinces in the country to post".

  • W Bagg
    April 23, 2013 - 14:52

    Sounds like good news, the only problem is once you ruin your reputation it's hard to get it back. If govt had been listening a year ago they may not have ruined themselves. The Libs should recruit Randy Simms for leader, he'd make a decent Premier, it would be an improvement over our choices now.

  • Tony Rockel
    April 23, 2013 - 14:48

    Do they mean information or just more self-promoting BS?