Monday, September 26, 2011

Celebrate Right to Know Week

Do you know what the abbreviations FOIP, HIA or PIPA stand for? The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP), the Health Information Act (HIA) and the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) all support the efforts of our nation to be fair and open to all citizens.

Celebrated in Canada since 2006, Right to Know Week emphasizes the rights of citizens to know what their government is doing and the responsibilities of citizens to follow up on that right. This year’s national theme is “openness in the public interest”. The City of Calgary is participating in this initiative through the Mayor’s proclamation that Sept 26 to 30, 2011, is Right to Know Week

Calgarians can participate in Right to Know Week by educating themselves on The City’s FOIP policy and process and by engaging in conversations with friends and families about the balance between an individual’s right to privacy and the public’s right to information.

Read the Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner and the Mayor of Calgary’s thoughts on your right to know posted on our website. You can also find out more information on the federal government’s Right to Know website, including the event’s history, how different provinces support the initiative and what tools are available to empower citizens to access information. 

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