Canada’s access to information system ‘at risk’: commissioner
Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault Verve Launches in East Village Canada: Who Will Keep an Eye on the Spies? Theyre Baaaack PARLIAMENT HILLCanadas access to information system is facing systemic failure, warned Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault Thursday following the release of her 20122013 annual report. Legault noted a host of challenges to the system and went as far as issuing a stark warning and calling on Treasury Board President Tony Clement to take action. Legault could not say what was more responsible for the crisisa rising number of access requests in the face of ongoing budget restraints, or government reluctance to provide information. I have no way to measure what the reasons behind this situation is, she said. Some of it has to do with a lack of resources. Some of it really has to do with not respecting the ombudsmans role in terms of accepting my recommendations. Legault said in one instance a minister agreed to her request for records to be released by a certain date, and then didnt honour that commitment. Thats a lack of respect for the actual obligations under the act. Its a lack of respect for the role of the commissioner in its recommendation role. In other instances, institutions try to dodge responsibility for responding to requests by directing requesters to other institutions. That ping-pong manoeuvre is due to a lack of capacity, Legault said. And while proactive disclosure could head off many requests, Legault said that requesters often want something that would normally not be in the public domain or would not be disclosed proactively.
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Not a bad trade,” Flaherty said at a dinner in Toronto on Thursday night. Flaherty has said that despite Europe’s struggles, Canada remains very interested because the EU is still the largest market in the world in terms of the size of its middle class. The Canada-EU deal would make it easier for Canadian companies to invest in, and sell to, the 17-member EU with its 500 million consumers. One thorny issue surrounding the deal was overcome earlier when Canada announced it would lift visa requirements for Czech nationals. The Czech Republic, which had threatened to block the free trade deal over the visa issue, welcomed the announcement. Canada reimposed visa requirements for Czech citizens in 2007 because of concerns over an excessive number of asylum seekers. Canada’s Ambassador to Prague, Otto, Jelinek, said his government wants to re-establish visa-free status “in the earliest possible term.” EU trade spokesman John Clancy said in an e-mail that the European Union and Canada hope to conclude the free trade deal in the “coming days.” Harper’s office said he was headed to Brussels with the hope of concluding a deal. He will meet with the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso. Yves Leduc, director of international trade for the Dairy Farmers of Canada, said he’s been told by a Canadian government official that an agreement in principle has been reached and that the European Union’s 28 members and Canada’s 10 provinces have to approve it. Canada has agreed to permit a doubling of the EU quota on cheese exports to Canada in exchange for greater access for Canadian beef and pork producers. Leduc said Canada’s cheese industry is angry because it threatens the fine cheese market in Canada. “For the dairy farmers of Canada this is a deal that is unacceptable.
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EDT October 13, 2013 Team Canada celebrates a 3-2 win against the USA in Burlington, Vt. (Photo: Brian Jenkins, for the Burlington Free Press) Story Highlights Canadians build 3-0 lead, hang on to win by a goal U.S. coach: “We played probably 18 minutes of really hard-nosed USA hockey, so we’ve got a ways to go” Scuffle breaks out at end after USA player collides with Canadian goalie SHARE 4 CONNECT 8 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE BURLINGTON, Vt. – It’s a long road to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and two North American rivals took one more step along the way as Canada held fast for a 3-2 victory against the USA women’s hockey team at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Saturday night. “You better be ready to play when the puck drops and play 60 minutes of hockey,” said USA coach Katie Stone after her team turned in a lackluster opening 40 minutes. “We played probably 18 minutes of really hard-nosed USA hockey, so we’ve got a ways to go,” Stone said after Canada built a 3-0 lead and absorbed the USA’s late two-goal counterattack. “We kind of floundered a little bit early on but we’ll get there,” Stone said. “The good news is we came on as the game went on. We scored two goals, we put a ton of pressure on them at the end We need to start faster.” Canada had the edge in offensive zone time in a scoreless first period, netted two goals in the second and pushed the lead to 3-0 early in the third. The USA broke through with a two-player advantage power play goal at mid-third, cut the deficit to one with 5:31 remaining and drove hard to the finish. Those final minutes included not only several good USA chances but a skirmish that earned two players on each team five-minute roughing majors and game misconducts after USA forward Jocelyne Lamoureux collided with Canada goalie Shannon Szabados at 16:53. Szabados sprawled on the ice and her teammates came to her defense, setting off a lengthy tussle in the corner. “It happens from time to time,” said longtime Canadian team member Hayley Wickenheiser of the scuffle, recalling a 2010 incident. In the first period, Canada had a 5-4 edge in shots that failed to reflect its territorial control.
But the closure forced some of Canada’s largest producers, including Imperial Oil Ltd, Suncor Energy Inc and Syncrude Canada Ltd, to cut back operations as they wait for critical gas supplies to return. Western Canada Select heavy blend for November delivery was last trading at $29.50 per barrel below the West Texas Intermediate benchmark, according to Shorcan Energy brokers. The differential had earlier tightened sharply to $26.50 per barrel under WTI, the narrowest level since mid-September, as new of the pipeline outage reached the market. That compares with a settlement price of $30.00 per barrel below the benchmark on Wednesday. Traders in Calgary said assumptions that the gas outage would not affect November production helped pare gains. “When will it be fixed is the question,” one crude trader said. “This is quite bad, but it is an October issue.” Light synthetic crude from the oil sands for November delivery strengthened to $9.50 per barrel below WTI, compared with Wednesday’s settlement price $10.60 under the benchmark. @yahoofinance on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Related Content Chart Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the “Enter symbol/company” at the bottom of this module. You need to enable your browser cookies to view your most recent quotes. Search for share prices Reuters Australian stocks hit a five-year high on Friday as Asian shares celebrated China’s quickening growth — just a Terms Quotes are real-time for NASDAQ, NYSE, and NYSEAmex when available. See also delay times for other exchanges . Quotes and other information supplied by independent providers identified on the Yahoo! Finance partner page .