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Right to Know Week 2019

Wrapping Up Right to Know Week 2019

In case you missed Right to Know Week or want to re-live the intrigue, you can watch the engaging panel discussion here: Democracy in Action: The Future of Your Right to Know.

See how the provincial government's published access to information numbers are trending over time:  NS Access to Information Trends

​September 28, 2019 is International Right to Know Day.  International Right to Know Day is celebrating its 17th anniversary.  It had its start in 2002, at a meeting of international access advocates in Sofia, Bulgaria.  They proposed that the date be dedicated to the promotion of access to information worldwide.

The goal of Right to Know Day is to raise global awareness of individuals' right to access government information and to promote access to information as a fundamental right.  Right to Know Day has grown since 2002 and is celebrated around the world in over 40 nations.  Over 80 countries have access to information legislation and more countries are in the process of developing such laws. 

Click here to find out more about Right to Know Day internationally.

This year, Right to Know Week in Canada will be celebrated from September 23 - 29, 2019.  This year marks the 14th year Canadians have celebrated international Right to Know Week.  There will be various activities across Canada at the provincial, territorial and federal levels during this week.  Visit the Right to Know website for more information on events across Canada.

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Nova Scotia is participating in this worldwide effort to raise awareness about the importance of the right to access information, with a local focus on what it means to those living and working in Nova Scotia.  The Information and Privacy Commissioner has invited the Province of Nova Scotia and all municipalities of Nova Scotia to issue a Proclamation designating September 23 - 29, 2019 as Nova Scotia's Right to Know Week in their respective jurisdictions.

2019 Provincial Proclamation:

Province of Nova Scotia

2019 Municipal Proclamations:

Municipality of the District of Chester

Municipality of the County of Pictou

Town of Oxford

Municipality of the County of Kings

Halifax Regional Municipality

Town of Middleton

Town of Port Hawkesbury

Town of Stellarton

Town of Amherst

Town of Bridgewater

Municipality of the County of Richmond

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