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Info watchdog raps Justice Department over six-year access to information extension

OTTAWA - The Justice Department should not have told an MP it would take six years to respond to his request for documents about plans to ensure the safety of online platforms, the federal information watchdog has ruled. Read more at  https://www.therecord.com/ts/politics/2022/04/28/info-watchdog-raps-justice-department-over-six-year-access-to-information-extension.html

An ATIP request for records requires consent

See the importance of the consent form based on this legal case (Victoria Moshinsky-Helm v Minister of National Revenue) regarding an ATIP request. https://www.mondaq.com/canada/income-tax/1180006/victoria-moshinskyhelm-v-minister-of-national-revenue-guidance-from-a-canadian-tax-lawyer-on-judicial-review-of-a-cra-decision-regarding-former-spouse39s-income-records Victoria Moshinsky-Helm v Minister of National Revenue

A mother's fight for facts about her daughter's death could rewrite the Access to Information Act

Federal information commissioner says case exposed 'shortcomings’. Read more at https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/access-to-information-daughter-death-rcmp-1.6385520

More people seeking judicial intervention with immigration applications

More people seeking judicial intervention with immigration applications. Read more at https://www.sudbury.com/new-canadian-media/more-people-seeking-judicial-intervention-with-immigration-applications-5170637

Racism plays a role in immigration decisions

‘Racism plays a role in immigration decisions,’ House Immigration Committee hears Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said racism is a 'sickness in our society,' and said there is 'zero tolerance for racism, discrimination, or harassment of any kind,' but acknowledged those problems do exist within the department.  Read more at https://www.hilltimes.com/2022/03/28/racism-plays-a-role-in-immigration-decisions-house-immigration-committee-hears/

A brief review of the impact Canada’s current immigration backlog is having on Canadian immigration

The IRCC backlog has impacted other areas of government as well. The Access to Information and Privacy Office has received a massive influx of requests made under the  Access to Information  Act  (“ the ATI Act “).  The ATI Act  grants Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or any other person/entity in Canada the right to access government records. These requests are used by immigration applicants to obtain notes taken by Immigration officer who have reviewed their current and past immigration applications. Many applicants affected by the current backlog have criticized the lack of transparency and communication from IRCC on their files. A report from the Information Commissioner of Canada highlighted that in the 2019 to 2020 fiscal year,  there were  116, 928  access to information requests directed at IRCC, a 42% increase from the previous year . With the mounting uncertainty, many applicants have been making requests, which have caused longer wait times and in some cases receipt o

Man seeking RCMP files goes to court after national archives takes 80-year extension

An Ottawa researcher is asking a judge to order Canada’s national archives to speed up work on his request for old RCMP records after he was told to wait at least 80 years for a response. Read more at https://www.thestar.com/politics/2022/01/06/man-seeking-rcmp-files-goes-to-court-after-national-archives-takes-80-year-extension.html

What To Do If Your Visa or Immigration Application is Delayed

In the event of an undue processing delay, applicants can follow-up with the IRCC in several ways before requesting an Order of Mandamus from Federal Court. Read more at https://www.lawnow.org/what-to-do-if-your-visa-or-immigration-application-is-delayed/

ANALYSIS: 3 pages, 520 days of delay, and Canada’s busted access-to-information system

Every year, the federal government receives tens of thousands of anonymous requests for records under the Access to Information Act. David Akin reports on the legal boundaries, and the growing calls to investigate political interference Read more at https://globalnews.ca/news/8415871/canada-access-to-information-delays-covid-19/

Canada has an access-to-information system in name only

  The Treasury Board is quietly conducting a long-promised review of the Access to Information Act, which governs how Canadians can obtain records held by the government. Unfortunately, these consultations appear to be more of a public relations exercise than a serious effort to improve Canadians’ right to access. Unlike in past consultations, the Treasury Board is not releasing any kind of green paper or other consultative document to chart a course for the reforms, nor has the government sought independent expert advice. Read more at https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-canada-has-an-access-to-information-system-in-name-only/