Re: Exercising our right to know, by Elizabeth Denham, Sept. 27
I can appreciate the concern that B.C.’s new information and privacy commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has for the state of freedom of information in the province, but the elephant in the room continues to be the legislative ban on access to information on labour disputes.
Whoops. Did I say “labour disputes”? I meant “abortion information and statistics.” Government would never stoop to ban access to information on labour disputes or the environment, nor would the public put up with it.
You can’t have it both ways. You either believe that in a democracy the public has a right to access information on all topics or you agree to censor one or two.
Denham mentioned that “quality of care” would be something in the public interest. Is it not ludicrous that I can know that my local hospital performs abortions but I’m not allowed to know how many? Nor can anyone analyze if there is any quality of care in the provision of abortion services.
Perhaps we should rename this week of celebration Right to Know (Only Some Things) Week.
Ted Gerk, Kelowna