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Knowledge is power

Guest editorial

If there’s anything this pandemic has shown, it’s the importance of data that’s both accurate and timely.

In a novel and unexpected crisis, there is inevitably going to be screw-ups on the part of our public officials, both elected and unelected. In a functioning democracy, it’s vitally important for the public to know how those in positions of authority are responding to these catastrophic events. Knowledge is power, and knowing what the most powerful people in the land are up to is vital if they are to be held to account.

Canada’s Access to Information system has long been decried by investigative journalists and watchdog groups as not just slow and cumbersome but “broken.”

Departments have around a month to respond to