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.”
In this October 1st session, entitled “ATI Without Frontiers: International Perspectives on Access to Information,” a panel of speakers discuss current initiatives and obstacles to promoting greater access to official information held by national and international institutions. The panellists are Toby Mendel (senior legal counsel, ARTICLE 19), Stanley Tromp (Freedom of Information caucus co-ordinator, Canadian Association of Journalists), Michèle Stanton-Jean (president, Canadian Commission for UNESCO), Laura Neuman (manager, Access to Information Project, the Carter Center), and Josée Villeneuve (Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada). After presenting their arguments, panellists field questions from attendees.