This book makes a basic promise: It will help you pry loose government information. Governments are obsessed with controlling the message. This is your book to help get records they do not want to disclose. Your Right to Know tells you how to use freedom-of-information laws to gain access to government records on spending, policies and activities. It is a citizen’s guide and a research tool for the general public, special-interest groups, journalists and businesses. Freedom-of-information laws exist in dozens of countries, and this book shares the principles of research in easy-to-pursue steps to obtain the information you want from governments and other institutions.
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Governments and institutions hold secrets you are entitled by law to know. But how do you exercise your right? In this definitive guide, you will learn how to gain access to information and how to pry loose records governments and institutions would prefer not to release. This book walks you through the maze and over the obstacles that stand in the way of your right to know. In the process you will learn more about how your tax dollars are spent and how key decisions and events were shaped. Perhaps most importantly, you'll learn how to do it all affordably and efficiently.
Jim Bronskill is a reporter in the Ottawa bureau of The Canadian Press news agency, specializing in security and intelligence, the RCMP and justice-related issues. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Carleton University, where he has been a sessional lecturer since 2003. Jim has considerable experience using information laws to uncover stories. Before joining CP in 2003, he was a reporter with Southam News (now Postmedia News). Jim previously held various positions at CP and has also worked for the Ottawa Citizen, the Owen Sound Sun Times and TVOntario. He has received numerous honours for his reporting, and was part of a Canadian Press team that collaborated with the CBC/Radio-Canada to earn the 2008 Michener Award for their ongoing series on RCMP Taser use. Contributor Website
David McKie, teaches data journalism and research methods at Algonquin College, the University of King’s College, and Carleton University. David is an award-winning producer with the CBC News Parliamentary bureau. He has used access to information and data mining to tell original stories that have shone a light on areas such as workplace safety, adverse drug reactions, and the RCMP’s use of Tasers. David has also co-authored two journalism textbooks, and a citizen’s user guide for access to information. Contributor Website