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From: John McMillan
Sent: Sat 2/06/2012 2:34 PM
To: James Popple; Toni Pirani; Rachael Spalding; Alison Leonard; Timothy Pilgrim; Mark Hummerston
Cc: Judy Woutersz
Subject: FW: Modernization of the Canadian Access to Information Act [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Dear Exec

I’m forwarding this email so that I can raise two things at Exec on Monday.

First, I have been asked to nominate a contact point for the Canadian OIC. Louise G?

Secondly, it has also been in the back of my mind that 1 Dec this year is the 30th anniversary of the commencement of our law, and that we should do something to mark that event. This could dovetail with the review of the FOI Act, that must also commence by 1 November this year. One option may be for us to organise a half day seminar on, eg, Friday 30 November focussed on reform of the FOI Act. Even if we are not conducting the review, it may be strategic for us to put ourselves centre stage in this way. I am anxious not to commit to something as demanding as the 2011 Info Policy conference. I think we could do something low key but suitably symbolic and informative.


John McMillan | Australian Information Commissioner 

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Level 3, 25 National Circuit, CANBERRA

GPO Box 2999 CANBERRA ACT 2601 |

Phone:  +61 2 6239 9124 | Fax: 6239 9190


Protecting information rights – advancing information policy

From: Suzanne Legault []
Sent: Saturday, 2 June 2012 2:07 AM
To: John McMillan
Subject: Modernization of the Canadian Access to Information Act

Dear John,

In 2013, Canada’s Access to Information Act will have been in force for 30 years. To commemorate this anniversary, I will open a dialogue with stakeholders to discuss areas of the Act that may warrant changes. The expected outcome is the tabling of a report in Parliament containing my recommendations.

Our analysis will cover four themes: right of access, limitations to the right of access, information management and oversight and authorities of the Commissioner. In preparing a consultation document for our stakeholders, we would like to examine the access to information laws of our foreign counterparts. My office has selected the laws in Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In order to accurately understand your country’s legislation, a member of my legal team would like to contact a resource person in your organization who has knowledge of the legal concepts contained in your legislation.  It will be extremely valuable to our analysis if we are able to validate some concepts and clarify a few points contained in your legislation.

It would also be beneficial if your organization could participate in the upcoming consultations that we will be undertaking this fall. I will forward a link to our site once the consultation document has been completed.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Suzanne Legault