Office of the Ombudsman / Child and Youth Advocate

Right to Know Week 2009 (09/09/25)

NB 1415

Sept. 25, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The fourth annual Right to Know Week will take place from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2. A number of events are scheduled to raise awareness about people's right to have access to government information as an essential component of democracy and open government.

Sept. 28 was declared International Right to Know Day in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2002 at an international meeting of access-to-information advocates. Right to Know Day is now celebrated in more than 40 countries.

New Brunswick was among the first provinces in Canada to adopt its own access to information law when the Right to Information Act came into effect in 1977. The province recently completed long-awaited reform in this area, and the new Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act is expected to come into force late this year or in early 2010.

For more information about Right to Know Week and scheduled activities in New Brunswick, visit the national Right to Know website or the Office of the Ombudsman website.


MEDIA CONCTACT: Bernard Richard, Office of the Ombudsman, 506-453-2789 or 1-888-465-1100.