Instead of charging $25 upfront for information, why not trigger that fee after there’s evidence of abuse? I rarely file #FOIs because they take too long to process and most documents are heavily-redacted. Bring on whistleblowers who share data... for free! #bcpoli @Dave_Eby
BC’s privacy commissioner slams new government FOI application fees: bit.ly/3vrsR4Q @BCInfoPrivacy says he was consulted, but gov not only ignored his opposition to the fees it went so far as to specifically exclude his ability to waive them in the new bill.

3:46 PM · Oct 19, 2021

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I think Whistleblowers will save a lot of time and money.
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The simple - and only - reason for this fee is that the gov't doesn't want to release much information - it will vet what it thinks we should know, which is shameful, of course
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I agree. After this latest stunt whistleblowers are needed more than ever. #COVID19BC
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These moves are intended to lock information away even more tightly and put the burden on whistle blowers who risk their careers. Very few will do that and there is a lot more important information than just the stuff that would warrant someone risking their job.
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I was able to expose problems at @icbc in 2017 without filing a single #FOI, but you’re right. Adding a fee makes it harder to bother filing that paperwork—especially for those of us who hate sharing credit card information online.
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