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Right to Know Week

September 24 - 28, 2012
September 28, 2012 is International Right to Know Day.  There will be various activities in most provinces and at the national level during this week.  
International Right to Know Day is celebrating its 10th 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 human 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 what is going on internationally.


The Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Office is participating in this Worldwide effort to raise awareness of the right to access information and its value, with a local focus on what it means to those living and working in Nova Scotia.
Right to Know Week has also been proclaimed by:


Presentations will be provided to:
  • Dalhousie University  students in the School of Law
  • the Masters of Business Administration program and the Masters of Public Administration program
  • Immigrant Settlement & Integration Services

Training on the Review process will be provided to Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Administrators.

A Meet & Greet will be hosted by the Review Office team for Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Administrators.
New resource materials created by the Review Office will be posted to our website.  These tools have been prepared to help parties, and potential parties, to a Review.  These new tools can be accessed by clicking here.
What do you know about your Right to Know?  
The purpose of these events is to celebrate the right of Canadians, particularly Nova Scotians to access information in the custody, or under the control of public bodies as enshrined in freedom of information legislation.  Such legislation reinforces the accountability of governments by ensuring they operate with transparency and openness.
To learn more about exercising your right to know by making an Application for Access to a Record or filing a Request for Review, check out our Plain Language Guide to the Acts – Respecting Your Access and Privacy Rights – A Citizen’s Guide for Nova Scotians.