The Office of the Information Commissioner holds a series of events in recognition of Right to Know Week, Ottawa, Ont., September 28–October 2, 2009. The purpose of the week is to raise awareness about people’s right to access government information while promoting freedom of information as essential to both democracy and good governance. This year’s theme is “Making It Right to Know: the Canadian Experience and Global Perspective.”
This September 28th session features a national town hall meeting entitled “Citizens’ Engagement and State Accountability.” Among the speakers are David Akin (national affairs correspondent for Canwest News Service), Ben Leapman (Sunday Telegraph, UK), David McKie (CBC investigative journalist), Kerry Pither (human rights and civil liberties advocate), Jeff Sallot (Carleton University journalism instructor), and Jennifer Bell (executive director, VisibleGovernment.ca).
After speaking, panellists field questions from audience members. Suzanne Legault (interim commissioner, Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada) and Lisa Campbell (interim assistant commissioner, Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada) make opening remarks.