1. At the Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner on June 3, CBC journalist Dean Beeby had a message for the politicians in attendance: It is time to fix Canada's access to information laws.
  2. "I think we can safely say it's never been in worse shape, ever. This thing is not working and it's working the worst it's ever worked in 33 years," he said, according to a subsequent CBC report.
  3. All you need to do to see the problems is browse through the #cdnfoi hashtag on Twitter. There are the reports that are blacked out.
  4. Or, almost blacked out.
  5. The pages that just aren't there.
  6. The requests responses that aren't actually what you requested.
  7. And the long wait times.
  8. And the really long wait times.
  9. On June 8, The Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada released their annual report. Information commissioner Suzanne Legault wrote that, while feeling positive at the end of last year and some advancements, like the removal of all fees for federal requests except the $5.00 application fee, "the year is ending with a shadow of disinterest on behalf of the government."
  10. While there was an increase in requests, but a "decrease in overall performance of institutions."
  11. The report outlines the federal Liberal party's promises around reforming access laws, including postponements that have happened in the last year.
  12. According to the CBC, Trudeau did tell Beeby that the government will fix this, and he knows that Beeby will be watching them — Beeby agreed he would.
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