The Public Service Information Community Connection (PSICC) is presenting 2019 Saskatchewan Connections Conference : Access, Privacy, Security, IM, & Health Information September 26 and 27 in Saskatoon.
At the conference, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Saskatchewan is hosting a panel discussion “Right to Know : The Openness of Our Systems”. Included on the panel is RS Media Law specialist Sean Sinclair.
This free event is open to the public and will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on September 27, and 27th, 2019.
Media outlets in Saskatchewan no longer have access to Police One, the police radio scanner that allowed journalists to hear what is happening on the secure police channel.
Both Saskatoon and Regina police services say they have closed their scanner channels to media to comply with the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation. The problem lies in the sharing of personal information. Regina police Chief Evan Bray said information including names, addresses, dates of birth, past criminal charges and other pieces of personal information were shared on the dispatch channel.
Representing the media, Sean argues in today’s Saskatoon StarPhoenix that journalists provide an important service by alerting the public to potentially dangerous situations. “There is a huge public interest in ensuring that the media have access to that timely information so that they can alert the public to the issues that are occurring.”
Sean has done interviews with the CBC as well as the StarPhoenix. The CBC news story can be read here.
CTV Saskatoon asked Sean Sinclair to add an expert’s view to a local news story on November 13th. In an interview on CTV News at 6:00, Sean clarified privacy and defamation laws as they related to the story.
The Canadian Media Lawyers Association will hold their annual meeting on November 2, 2018 in Toronto. Representing our part of the country, Sean Sinclair will present on the openness of administrative tribunals during the cross country check-up portion of the conference.
To learn more about the work of the Canadian Media Lawyers Association, click here.