Brokering Access: Power, Politics, and Freedom of Information Process in Canada

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Access to information (ATI) is widely regarded as a fundamentaldemocratic right. Yet in Canada there still exists a struggle betweenthe public's quest for accountability and our government'sculture of secrecy. Drawing together the perspectives of socialscientists, journalists, and ATI advocates, Brokering Accessexplores the policies and practices surrounding access to informationat the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. This groundbreakingvolume is the first of its kind to promote the idea that ATI ...
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Overview


Access to information (ATI) is widely regarded as a fundamentaldemocratic right. Yet in Canada there still exists a struggle betweenthe public's quest for accountability and our government'sculture of secrecy. Drawing together the perspectives of socialscientists, journalists, and ATI advocates, Brokering Accessexplores the policies and practices surrounding access to informationat the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. This groundbreakingvolume is the first of its kind to promote the idea that ATI should beused as a critical research strategy. It is a vital resource forscholars, policy makers, journalists, and anyone who is concerned aboutaccess to information and its effect on all Canadians.
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An important and valuable volume, Brokering Access should be read not only by academics, journalists, and activists, but also by political and bureaucratic actors who are entrusted with interpreting and applying the access laws at the national and provincial level.
- Paul G. Thomas, professor emeritus, University of Manitoba

When freedom of information can be obstructed under false claims of national security, we all need to ask ourselves, how does this reflect upon the nature of our democracy? It is frustrating that books like this one still need to be published. But the fact that they are being published, and they are being read - and I would strongly encourage all Canadians to read this one - is a good sign.
- Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner for the Province of Ontario

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780774823234
  • Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
  • Publication date: 3/18/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword / Ann Cavoukian

Introduction: On the Politics of Access to Information / MikeLarsen and Kevin Walby

Part 1: Access to Information, Past and Present

1 Sustaining Secrecy: Executive Branch Resistance to Access toInformation in Canada / Ann Rees

2 Access Regimes: Provincial Freedom of Information Law acrossCanada / Gary Dickson

Part 2: Behind Closed Doors -- Security and InformationControl

3 Flying the Secret Skies: Difficulties in Obtaining Data onCanadian Airport Security Screening Tests Following 9/11 / JimBronskill

4 Access to Information in an Age of IntelligencizedGovernmentality / Willem de Lint and Reem Bahdi

5 Accessing Dirty Data: Methodological Strategies for SocialProblems Research / Yavar Hameed and Jeff Monaghan

Part 3: Access to Information and Critical ResearchStrategies

6 The Freedom of Information Act as a Methodological Tool: Suing theGovernment for Data / Matthew G. Yeager

7 "He who controls the present, controls the past": TheCanadian Security State's Imperfect Censorship under the Accessto Information Act / Steve Hewitt

8 Behind the Blue Line: Using ATI in Researching the Policing ofAboriginal Activism / Tia Dafnos

9 Accessing the State of Imprisonment in Canada: InformationBarriers and Negotiation Strategies
/ Justin Piché

10 Accessing Information on Streetscape Video Surveillance in Canada/ Sean P. Hier

Part 4: Dispatches from the Fourth Estate -- Access toInformation and Investigative Journalism

11 Access, Administration, and Democratic Intent / FredVallance-Jones

12 Access to Information: The Frustrations -- and the Hope /David McKie

13 The Quest for Electronic Data: Where Alice Meets Monty PythonMeets Colonel Jessep / Jim Rankin

Postscript / Suzanne Legault

Index

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