The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is thrilled to partner with the Public Service Information Community Connection (PSICC) that is organizing the 2021 Right to Know Week activities across Canada.

On September 29, CAJ president Brent Jolly will be moderating a panel discussion with emerging and established journalists about both the strengths and weaknesses of the #cdnfoi system and ideas for reform.

Panelists include:

Alexander Quon was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. He has an interest in data reporting and political coverage and started at CBC Saskatchewan in 2021 after spending the first four years of his career in Atlantic Canada at Global News.

Katrina Clarke is a reporter with The Spectator in Hamilton. She previously worked as a reporter in Toronto, Vancouver, Fredericton and Bangkok. Her investigative reporting has been recognized with national and provincial awards. Most recently, she won an Ontario Newspaper Award for Whisper Network, her investigation into McMaster University’s handling of sexual violence. Katrina is passionate about reporting on education, social justice and healthcare.

Rachel Ward is a Calgary-based journalist with the Fifth Estate. 

Drew May is court and crime reporter at the Brandon Sun and have covered a wide range of beats, including business, city hall and politics. He graduated from Carleton University in 2017 and the University of Kings College in 2018. He often uses freedom of information requests in my reporting and believe the system can and should do better for Canadians. 

Caroline Egan is an early-career journalist who currently works at a publication called The Market Herald, which is based in Vancouver, B.C. Caroline is a recent graduate of Langara College’s journalism program. 

Pawan Minhas (he/him) is the Canadian University Press’s Director of Funding, coming to the team by way of the University of BC’s independent student paper, The Ubyssey. 

Right to Know Week 2021 is a week-long event dedicated to spotlighting the importance of maintaining the principles of the Right to Know in our democracy. The Week acts as a gateway for the public to better familiarize itself with the concepts of freedom of information. This year’s events will be held virtually from September 28-October 1. Register to attend here. CAJ members recieve a $20 discount on registration. Email us for the code.

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