June 23, 2016 NPA

NPA City Councillor George Affleck responds to Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham’s damning report on the City of Vancouver’s FOI practices

Vancouver, B.C., June 23, 2016 – NPA City Councillor George Affleck is available today to comment on the report released this morning by B.C. Information and Privacy (OPIC) Commissioner Elizabeth Denham regarding the City of Vancouver’s FOI practices.

Commissioner Denham states in this morning’s OPIC news release: “… there is a need for change to the approach City staff use in processing access requests. We observed shortcomings in almost every step of the freedom of information process – from receipt of the request, to searching for records, to the timeliness of response to the applicant and the content of the response itself. This highlights the need for a move to a culture of transparency and service quality,” said Denham.

In response to the report, Councillor George Affleck said: “Commissioner Denham’s damning audit of the City’s FOI practices confirms the many serious concerns I have been raising for the past five years regarding the lack of transparency at Vancouver City Hall. Vision Vancouver’s City Hall has become virtually impenetrable to citizens seeking access to information they are rightfully entitled to have. I’m encouraged that the City has committed to fixing the situation in response to Commissioner Denham’s audit report and I will continue to watch closely to ensure that things really do improve.”

Click here for a copy of the Commissioner’s report.

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