Have you ever filed an FOI request that is met with bureaucratic obstacles, outrageous fee estimates, or documents with blanked-out pages? Do you want to file an FOI request, but are unsure about the best way to get the documents you want? This interactive workshop will provide newcomers with an applied introduction to FOI, covering preliminary research, request preparation, wording, and filing, troubleshooting requests-in-progress, and general tips that should improve results. Plenty of time will be set aside for questions and discussion.
Speaker: Mike Larsen
Mike Larsen is President of the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) and Co-Chair of the Criminology Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He teaches courses on socio-legal studies, criminological theory, police accountability, and surveillance and privacy issues, and his research deals with contestations around government secrecy, public accountability, and the right to know.