Access to Information for Local Government

This intensive course is specifically designed for local governments in BC, including municipalities, regional districts, improvement districts, local trusts, water users communities, municipal police and emergency services boards, and library boards. Besides FIPPA Coordinators, the content is relevant to the work of a wide range of local government officials, including elected officials, department managers, communications staff, legal or regulatory officials, and information managers.

The workshops will provide detailed description and analysis of the legislative right of access standards, allowable exceptions, search and severing procedures, fees and response logistics, personal information access requests, requests for correction, and third party notices. We will identify and deal with specific records and analysis challenges that municipalities must commonly face when processing FIPPA requests, such as:

  • Relationships between FIPPA and BC municipal government legislation;
  • Determining when records of meetings can be withheld;
  • Request for law enforcement information;
  • Distinguishing between personal and municipal information of elected officials and employees;
  • Identifying privacy or business interests when disclosing development permits or planning documentation;
  • Requests for landowner information;
  • Establishing interests of third parties supplying reports and recommendations to a municipality;
  • Open government initiatives and proactive disclosure;
  • Withholding complaints, concerns, or questions submitted by residents.

Class Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: $290.00 + GST (lunch and refreshments included)

About the Instructors

Joan Dunlop, BA, LLB, CIAPP/P has been a FOIP analyst with a major police service and now works with a wide range of provincial and local government bodies as a FOIP consultant and expert, assessing and developing access and privacy programs, providing program support, and leading FOIP training sessions in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Chris Harris, BA, LLB, MA, MAPP spent 17 years as the Manager of Information and Privacy for BC Transit and its Lower Mainland successor organization, TransLink, where he developed and administered the organizations’ FOIPP program.  Since his retirement in 2011, Chris has provided FOI consulting services to municipalities, health authorities and third parties. An engaging and passionate presenter, Chris makes every workshop he delivers a memorable and effective learning experience.

Rick Klumpenhouwer, MA, MAS, CIAPP/M brings over 16 years of experience as a FOIP Director in a major health region, and as a FOIP expert, consultant, educator, and speaker, for governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, across Canada and internationally.

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