Ready, Set, Democracy!

Quick! Only a few days left to comment on the draft of Canada’s Open Government Action Plan. Wait a minute… we only had a few days in the first place. So much for democratic process.

The Harper Government released a Draft Plan on Open Government on October 9, 2014: http://data.gc.ca/eng/canadas-draft-action-plan-open-government-20

But you only have until October 20 to provide comment. And there’s already a Directive on Open Government posted on the Treasury Board Secretariat Policy Suite (effective October 9, 2014): http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx?section=text&id=28108

Hmm…. here’s a little inspiration for filling in that comment form:

Jim Bronskill, writing for the Canadian Press, points out that the Plan has missed the elephant in the room — it does not include much-needed changes to the outdated Access to Information Act: http://metronews.ca/news/canada/1180419/open-government-plan-silent-on-updating-law/

Can’t remember why the Act needs to change? Let the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression remind you: https://cjfe.org/resources/features/your-right-know-dwindling-right-canada

Here’s hoping we see more press coverage on this topic soon. Please add any links you find.

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