Published in Wildlands Advocate, February 2013
By Adam Driedzic, Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre
Many an environmentalist has learned that chasing government information can get one lost in a different kind of wilderness. Readers of this magazine may be familiar with epic quests under “FOIP,” short for Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. FOIP introduced Alberta to the language of “transparent government” that has since become a mainstay of political rhetoric. It’s fair to say that the province and its major departments have made some gains on the transparency initiative. It is equally fair to question the extent to which environmental advocates have benefited.
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