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City of North Bay recognized for outstanding achievement in government secrecy

2022-10-18T17:00:09-04:00

The City of North Bay, Ont., has been named as the recipient of the 2020 Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy in the municipal category.  The city is being recognized because of repeated efforts to circumvent basic transparency and accountability measures expected of democratic governments. Among the laundry list of concerns brought to the attention of the Code of Silence jury were:   How the city failed to explain why a fired chief administrative officer was paid more than $200,000 for doing little work;  How a marketing arm of the city awarded a $1.2 million contract to [...]

City of North Bay recognized for outstanding achievement in government secrecy2022-10-18T17:00:09-04:00

Quebec’s Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks wins government secrecy award

2022-10-18T17:26:09-04:00

Quebec’s Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks has been named as the recipient of the 2020 Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy in the provincial category.  The provincial ministry is being recognized for its unwillingness to share lab data with scientists at Environment Canada related to four mysterious fish kills that took place during the summer of 2019. At the time, dead fish showed up in the Ottawa River, with the source believed to be the Lièvre River, east of Ottawa and Gatineau.  “Obstructing the free flow of information between different levels of government to address [...]

Quebec’s Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks wins government secrecy award2022-10-18T17:26:09-04:00

CAJ: Bell, we need to talk about all these layoffs

2022-11-17T16:41:56-05:00

The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) condemns Bell Media for its decision to slash, without proper notice, more than 200 journalism jobs and support staff in radio and television operations across the country in the span of just over a week.  “These are dark, devastating days for Canadian journalism,” said CAJ president Brent Jolly. “Some of the journalists who’ve lost their jobs have spent 20 years (or longer) with their organizations. Bell’s decision to gut some of these newsrooms with a simple stroke of a pen is unforgivable.” Particularly hard hit by the job cuts are popular local AM radio [...]

CAJ: Bell, we need to talk about all these layoffs2022-11-17T16:41:56-05:00

Federal cabinet recognized for ‘outstanding achievement’ in government secrecy

2022-10-18T17:18:55-04:00

The Federal Cabinet is the 2020 recipient of the Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy in the federal category. The Cabinet is recognized for suppressing public access to details about very large loans—at times amounting to billions of dollars—given to corporations out of the public purse. “Citing commercial confidentiality to prevent journalists and the public from accessing details of loans handed out through the so-called “Canada Account” is an indefensible infringement on the public’s right to know,” said Brent Jolly, president of the Canadian Association of Journalists.  In 2014, writing about the examination of loans to [...]

Federal cabinet recognized for ‘outstanding achievement’ in government secrecy2022-10-18T17:18:55-04:00
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