British Columbia Premier John Horgan, Minister of Citizens’ Services Lisa Beare, and the provincial government of B.C. have been selected as the 2021 recipients of the Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy in the provincial category.
The Centre for Free Expression (CFE) is publishing today a detailed guide for evaluating whistleblower protection legislation and policy. Titled Evaluation Criteria for Protection of Whistleblowers. the guide is a tool for evaluating the adequacy of arrangements by governments and private sector organizations for enabling reporting on concerns about organizational wrongdoing or other information important for the public interest.
The Centre for Free Expression has issued a final public call for nominations for the Peter Bryce Prize which honours individuals who serve the greater good by courageously speaking up about wrongdoing and abuses of public trust.
Nominations are due by Friday, January 14, 2022. The nomination form is available here.
Politicians and parties all claim to support openness and transparency, but how many really do?
One test of commitment to open government is the parties’ election platforms.
Fourteen organizations that promote transparency, united under the Right to Information Alliance Canada (RTIAC), sent questions on this vital issue to six parties fielding candidates in the Sept. 20 federal election. These organizations include journalists, environmentalists, Indigenous and human-rights groups.