Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Make some Freedom of Information Requests

Note: Here are some interesting paragraphs from Federal Provincial Territorial Ministers meeting press release. There may be information which relates to child welfare that might come from these meetings and/or freedom of information request materials.

People could possibly make freedom of information requests for any and all records/communications of any kinds from the following people who were in attendance at the meeting.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., the Minister of Public Safety, Peter Van Loan, the New Brunswick Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Michael Murphy and the New Brunswick Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, John Foran.

In recognition of the importance of access for children to both parents, Federal, Provincial, Territorial (FPT) Ministers indicated their support for releasing Facilitating Access: Report of the Family Justice Working Group on Parenting and Contact Enforcement and Jurisdiction.

Ministers discussed the sentencing of repeat impaired driving offenders and acknowledged the seriousness of this issue. Ministers also discussed justice effectiveness issues such as jury reform, self-represented accused, electronic disclosure, a report related to self-defence and changes to simplify the search warrant application process.

Legal Aid
FPT Ministers agreed to extend the criminal legal aid contribution agreements for another year, to 2010-2011 and to prepare a FPT business case on criminal legal aid in the fall of 2010 for presentation to Ministers.

PT Ministers expressed their perception that there is a lack of federal funding for civil legal aid and about the immediate need for additional immigration and refugee legal aid funding. The federal Minister of Justice reiterated his position that funds for civil legal aid are part of the Canada Social Transfer, and that the federal government is examining the request for increased funding for immigration and refugee legal aid.

PT Ministers indicated that they would continue to work on the business case for civil legal aid, for presentation to Ministers next fall.

See the entire press release [here]

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