Tag Archives: FOIP

Transparency…it’s all in the eyes of the beholder

Transparency—it’s a wonderful concept.  But in order to be meaningful it must be applied across the board. Sorry, I got ahead of myself.  I’m talking about Premier Redford’s decision to implement the “toughest and most transparent”* expenditure rules in all … Continue reading

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“Hello Alberta. I’m listening.”

Premier Redford just announced another review—this one to ensure accountability when cabinet ministers and senior government officials report their expenses.  It’s the latest in a string of reviews, consultations and inquiries intended to demonstrate the premier’s commitment to doing business … Continue reading

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Bill 24 – The Democratic Process is Swiss Cheese

Alberta’s Privacy Commissioner nailed it when he said that the government’s propensity to override the public’s right to information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) was turning FOIP into “Swiss cheese”.* This is deeply distressing … Continue reading

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Frederick Lee – A Rose By Any Other Name

Just when we thought Alberta politics couldn’t get any weirder up popped Frederick Lee.  This week we learned that PC leadership candidate Ted Morton used an alter-ego “Frederick Lee” for internal email communications when, according to a former staffer, “…he … Continue reading

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The Full Monty

Remember the movie The Full Monty.  It’s the story of 2 unemployed steelworkers from Sheffield.  They’re desperate for cash when they stumble upon a Chippendales type strip show and realize in an ill conceived flash of genius that they’ve found … Continue reading

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Leo Marks and the Indecipherables

Sometimes I feel like Leo Marks, the 22 year old cryptographer who joined the Special Operations Executive in London to support Britain’s war effort.*   Marks was a gifted codemaker.  He became convinced that radio operators working in the Netherlands had … Continue reading

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FOIP

On Valentine’s Day while others were buying chocolates for that special someone, I was brooding about the new Alberta Health Act.   I can’t shake the feeling that the underlying purpose of this legislation is to slide Albertans down the path … Continue reading

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