Fixing the 'Access to Information' system
How to turn things around? First, have the auditor general conduct a system audit to ensure that federal institutions have the required complement of bureaucrats to properly administer the act. Many are currently critically understaffed. Second, refocus the assorted objectives of the Office of the Information Commissioner; its core mandate should be constricted to the investigation of complaints. Truth be told, with its year-plus backlog of complaints, that office currently acts as an impediment to the timely pursuit of our right of access.