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Media and Public Appearances
(October 1993 - June 2012)

Set out below is a list of links to Democracy Watch's media and public appearances from 2012 and past years.

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I. 2012 Media Appearances
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2012 Public Appearances
are set out below the Media Appearances

  455 media appearances in 2012 (including 128 national appearances)

TELEVISION
2012 -- 31 TV appearances so far (including 26 national TV appearances)

August 31 - CTV News Channel re: NEWS RELEASE: Coalition Avenir Québec receives D+ best grade of bad overall grades in Report Card on Québec Parties' Democratic Good Government Platforms -- Parti Québecois receive a D, Québec solidaire an F and Liberals an Incomplete (August 31, 2012)

August 30 - TV PIECE: With big banks posting record profits an independent financial consumer watchdog group and regular audits are required to ensure banks are not reaping excessive profits through gouging and cutting services (CBC's The National August 30, 2012)

August 28 - TV PIECE: Nigel Wright's meetings wrong, but legal (and that is the problem) (Global National, August 28, 2012)

August 28 - TV PIECE: Senator Fairbairn's unfortunate situation impossible to stop no matter what systemic change is made (CTV News, August 28, 2012)

July 10 - TV PIECE: Openness and transparency required at Elections Canada - details on thousands of past investigations and complaints needed (CBC's The National, July 10, 2012)

June 13 - TV PIECE: Federal Auditor General's report on MP and Senator disappointment, AG is legally required to regularly audit MP and Senate expenses in full (CTV's National Affairs, June 13, 2012)

June 7 - TV PIECE: Senate Ethics Officer required to seek approval of senators prior to investigation into potential wrongdoing, must be made an independent watchdog with power to investigate and levy high fines (Radio Canada, June 7, 2012)

May 17 - YOUTUBE: Public Hearing on 2012 Budget Implementation Act (StraightGoods.ca, May 17, 2012)

April 29 - TV PIECE: Federal Conservative spending scandals show need for stronger rules and enforcement (CBC's The National, April 29, 2012)

April 25 - TV PIECE: Federal Conservative spending scandals show clear need for strong rules, enforcement, and penalties (CTV's Power Play, April 25, 2012)

April 6 - TV PIECE: Some of Canada's big banks gouge seniors by failing to tell them about fee-free accounts (CBC TV's Marketplace show, April 6, 2012 -- NOTE: Piece starts at 21 minute mark and runs for 5 minutes)

March 29 - CTV News Channel re: LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Elections Canada discloses some information about robocall complaints from 2011 election, but must still disclose its rulings on more than 2,280 complaints it received since 2004, and elections law must still be changed (Rabble.ca, March 29, 2012)

TV INTERVIEW: Democracy Watch Board member Duff Conacher on why Conservative Cabinet minister Christian Paradis should be kicked out of Cabinet, and changes needed to federal ethics rules and enforcement (CTV's Power Play show, March 27, 2012)

TV INTERVIEW: Democracy Watch Board member Duff Conacher on SNC-Lavalin scandal and changes needed to laws to increase corporate responsibility and accountability in Canada (CTV's National Affairs show, March 26, 2012)

March 22 - CBC's Power and Politics show re: LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Federal Ethics Commissioner's ruling that Conservative Cabinet minister Christian Paradis broke federal ethics law is a step forward, but delayed ruling and failure of Prime Minister Harper to punish Paradis are among fatal flaws in system (Canada.com, March 22, 2012) -- To see interview with Ethics Commissioner on CBC's Power and Politics, click here

March 14 - APTN TV re: WEBSITE ARTICLE: Federal Dept. of Aboriginal Affairs using PIN messages to avoid disclosure of records to the public -- loophole in Access to Information Act must be closed (APTN.ca and TV news, March 14, 2012)

March 13 - Global TV National News re: CCRC NEWS RELEASE: As banking fees increase yet again, federal government action needed to ensure record big bank profits not based on gouging and ignoring job-creating businesses -- Bill S-5 too weak -- Comprehensive audits, and new Financial Consumer Organization needed for effective bank and financial services industry accountability, and for financial literacy -- To see Global TV piece, click here

TV PIECE: Elections Canada must disclose its rulings on 2,284 past complaints, and all it future rulings, to give Canadians assurance they are enforcing the law properly and effectively (CBC TV's The National feature piece, March 7, 2012)

March 5 - CPAC (Prime Time show) re: WEBSITE ARTICLE: Elections Canada has more than 2,280 other past investigations to answer questions about, not just current robocall investigation (Canada.com, GlobalNews.ca and 7 Postmedia News newspapers across Canada, February 28, 2012) -- To see related news release, click here

March 5 - Aljazeera Canada re: WEBSITE ARTICLE: Elections Canada has more than 2,280 other past investigations to answer questions about, not just current robocall investigation (Canada.com, GlobalNews.ca and 7 Postmedia News newspapers across Canada, February 28, 2012) -- To see related news release, click here

March 4 - CBC News Network re: WEBSITE ARTICLE: Elections Canada has more than 2,280 other past investigations to answer questions about, not just current robocall investigation (Canada.com, GlobalNews.ca and 7 Postmedia News newspapers across Canada, February 28, 2012) -- To see related news release, click here

March 2 - Global News National re: Elections Canada must disclose details about its rulings on all past complaints, and current robocall complaints

TV INTERVIEW: Elections Canada must come clean on more than 2,280 past election complaints for which it has never issued public rulings (CBC News Network, March 1, 2012)

February 29 - SunTV re: WEBSITE ARTICLE: Elections Canada has more than 2,280 other past investigations to answer questions about, not just current robocall investigation (Canada.com, GlobalNews.ca and 7 Postmedia News newspapers across Canada, February 28, 2012) -- To see SunTV interview, click here -- To see related news release, click here

February 28 - Global News National re: WEBSITE ARTICLE: Elections Canada has more than 2,280 other past investigations to answer questions about, not just current robocall investigation (Canada.com, GlobalNews.ca and 7 Postmedia News newspapers across Canada, February 28, 2012) -- To see related news release, click here

February 28 - CBC News Network re: WEBSITE ARTICLE: Elections Canada has more than 2,280 other past investigations to answer questions about, not just current robocall investigation (Canada.com, GlobalNews.ca and 7 Postmedia News newspapers across Canada, February 28, 2012) -- To see related news release, click here

February 28 - CTV News Channel re: WEBSITE ARTICLE: Elections Canada has more than 2,280 other past investigations to answer questions about, not just current robocall investigation (Canada.com, GlobalNews.ca and 7 Postmedia News newspapers across Canada, February 28, 2012) -- To see related news release, click here

January 27 -- Global News (Ontario) re: WEBSITE ARTICLE: Ontario Liberals being undemocratic and secretive in budgeting process, unlike minority government should be (CBC.ca and 18 other media outlets across Canada, all publishing CanadianPress.com wire article, January 27, 2012 -- See article also on GlobalNews.ca)


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RADIO
2012 -- 49 radio appearances so far (including 4 national radio appearances)

August 23 - Sunshine 89.1 Orillia re: NEWS RELEASE: Ontario by-election dates bad for voter turnout - Changes needed to election timing, voting system, and voter rights and advertising to increase voter turnout... (August 22, 2012)

August 15 - News 88.9 Saint John, News 91.9 Moncton (Todd Veinotte early afternoon show) re: NEWS RELEASE: Democracy Watch calls for clarification on recent flawed interpretation of Canada Elections Act by Commissioner of Canada Elections (August 14, 2012)

August 10 - CBC Radio Saskatchewan 540AM (Blue Sky), re: NEWS RELEASE: Elections Canada keeps rulings secret on 2,982 complaints since 1997 -- Federal politicians continue to fail to require disclosure of key information to ensure the Canada Elections Act is enforced fairly and effectively (April 16, 2012)

August 8 - News 88.9 Saint John, News 91.9 Moncton (McLean in the Morning with Tyler McLean show) re: Public has clear right to know what political staffers are doing and what power they have

August 1 - News 88.9 Saint John, News 91.9 Moncton (Todd Veinotte early afternoon show) re: LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Federal Conservative Party response to Carson charges deeply hypocritical, federal ethics rules must be applied equally to all

July 17- News 88.9 Saint John, News 91.9 Moncton (Todd Veinotte early afternoon show) re: The Ethics Commissioner and the overall role of watchdogs in enhancing Canadian Democracy

July 12 - News 88.9 Saint John, News 91.9 Moncton (McLean in the Morning with Tyler McLean show) re: Elections Canada and others should clean up problems, not defend them

July 3 - News 88.9 Saint John, News 91.9 Moncton (McLean in the Morning with Tyler McLean show) re: Federal government whistleblower watchdog fails to deliver after five years and $30 million spent.

June 30 - News 88.9 Saint John, News 91.9 Moncton (Todd Veinotte early afternoon show) re: Federal government whistleblower watchdog fails to deliver after five years and $30 million spent.

June 13 - CBC Radio One Saskatchewan 540AM re: the need for honesty in politics legislation

June 12 - CBC Radio One Vancouver 690AM/88.1FM re: Omnibus Bill C-38

June 7 - CBC National Radio re: The Senate Ethics Officer's requirement to have senators approve investigations.

June 4 - CBC Radio Vancouver 690AM/88.1FM re: Black Out Speak Out and the federal Conservative's omnibus budget bill (Bill C-38)

May 3 - CHQR 770 AM Calgary BC re: The need for the Government of Alberta to institute robocall regulation to prevent misleading and harrassing robocalls

April 29 - CJSF 90.1 FM Vancouver BC (Latin Waves Show) re: OP-ED: Federal Conservative spending scandals show need for stronger rules, and enforcement

April 19 - CFAX 1070 Victoria BC (with Adam Stirling) re: NEWS RELEASE: Federal Conservatives end their five-year sham by cutting funding to secretariat of non-existent Public Appointments Commission

April 16 - News 88.9 Saint John, News 91.9 Moncton (Todd Veinotte early afternoon show) re: NEWS RELEASE: Elections Canada keeps rulings secret on 2,982 complaints since 1997 -- Federal politicians continue to fail to require disclosure of key information to ensure the Canada Elections Act is enforced fairly and effectively (April 16, 2012)

April 4 - Radio Canada (Alberta) re: WEBSITE ARTICLE: Too high limits and other loopholes allow wealthy interests to buy influence over Alberta politicians (Calgary Herald and 2 other Postmedia News newspapers, April 4, 2012)

April 2 - CFRU 93.3 FM (Guelph, Ontario -- Beyond the Ballot Box show) re: LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Elections Canada takes some positive steps, but must still disclose its rulings on more than 2,280 complaints it received since 2004, and elections law must still be changed

March 27 - News 88.9 Saint John, News 91.9 Moncton (McLean in the Morning with Tyler McLean show) re: LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Elections Canada takes some positive steps, but must still disclose its rulings on more than 2,280 complaints it received since 2004, and elections law must still be changed

March 22 - News 88.9 Saint John, News 91.9 Moncton (Todd Veinotte early afternoon show) re: LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Federal Ethics Commissioner's ruling that Conservative Cabinet minister Christian Paradis broke federal ethics law is a step forward, but delayed ruling and failure of Prime Minister Harper to punish Paradis are among fatal flaws in system (Canada.com, March 22, 2012)

March 16 - Radio Canada (Ontario) re: election fraud allegations in Scarborough, Ontario reveal weaknesses in election law and enforcement

March 12 - CJAD (Talk Radio Montreal - late afternoon show) re: CCRC NEWS RELEASE: As banking fees increase yet again, federal government action needed to ensure record big bank profits not based on gouging and ignoring job-creating businesses -- Bill S-5 too weak -- Comprehensive audits, and new Financial Consumer Organization needed for effective bank and financial services industry accountability, and for financial literacy

March 8 - CBC Radio Toronto (late afternoon show) re: More than 2,500 voters who voted in federal election without identifying themselves in Toronto riding shows major problem that Elections Canada must clean up

March 8 - CFAX (Victoria, B.C. talk radio) re: NEWS RELEASE: Elections Canada must disclose its rulings on 2,284 complaints since 2004, and all its future rulings, to prove that it enforces the federal election law properly and effectively -- Canada Elections Act must be changed to make anonymous phone calls to voters illegal and impossible (March 6, 2012)

March 6 - VOCM Radio (Newfoundland and Labrador) re: NEWS RELEASE: Elections Canada must disclose its rulings on 2,284 complaints since 2004, and all its future rulings, to prove that it enforces the federal election law properly and effectively -- Canada Elections Act must be changed to make anonymous phone calls to voters illegal and impossible (March 6, 2012)

RADIO PIECE re: Democracy Watch Coordinator Tyler Sommers on federal election robocall fraud situation and ongoing problems with Elections Canada (CBC Radio's As it Happens show, February 29, 2012)

RADIO INTERVIEW: Democracy Watch board member Duff Conacher on federal election robocall fraud situation, and ongoing problems with Elections Canada and other good government watchdog agencies (CBC Radio's The Current show, March 1, 2012)

RADIO INTERVIEW: Democracy Watch Coordinator Tyler Sommers on federal election robocall fraud situation and ongoing problems with Elections Canada (CBC Radio's As it Happens show, February 29, 2012)

February 28 - News 88.9 Saint John, News 91.9 Moncton (McLean in the Morning with Tyler McLean show) re: WEBSITE ARTICLE: Elections Canada has more than 2,280 other past investigations to answer questions about, not just current robocall fraud investigation (Canada.com, GlobalNews.ca and 7 Postmedia News newspapers across Canada, February 28, 2012) -- To see related news release, click here

February 24 - News 88.9 Saint John, News 91.9 Moncton (McLean in the Morning with Tyler McLean show) re: New Brunswick Conflict of Interest Commissioner ends investigation into former MLA only because MLA is no longer an MLA, revealing a major loophole that must be closed

February 23 - News 88.9 Saint John, News 91.9 Moncton (Todd Veinotte early afternoon show) re: New Brunswick Conflict of Interest Commissioner ends investigation into former MLA only because MLA is no longer an MLA, revealing a major loophole that must be closed

February 1 - CFRA Ottawa (Michael Harris afternoon show) re: NEWS RELEASE: Groups urge Senate to question whistleblower watchdog Mario Dion, and to end 5-year muzzling of civil society (January 30, 2012)

January 27 - 10 radio stations across Ontario re: WEBSITE ARTICLE: Ontario Liberals being undemocratic and secretive in budgeting process, unlike minority government should be (CBC.ca and 18 other media outlets across Canada, all publishing CanadianPress.com wire article, January 27, 2012 -- See article also on GlobalNews.ca)

January 27 - News 88.9 Saint John, News 91.9 Moncton (Todd Veinotte early afternoon show) re: NEWS RELEASE: Five years after requirements became law, has Treasury Board ensured that all federal government institutions provide legally-required whistleblower protection? (January 26, 2012)

January 26 - VOCM Radio (Newfoundland and Labrador) re: NEWS RELEASE: Five years after requirements became law, has Treasury Board ensured that all federal government institutions provide legally-required whistleblower protection? (January 26, 2012)

January 18 - News 88.9 Saint John, News 91.9 Moncton (early afternoon show) re: NEWS RELEASE: Federal Conservatives must commit to strengthening access-to-information, ethics, lobbying, political finance, financial administration, public consultation and whistleblower protection laws and enforcement to fulfill their international Open Government Partnership (OGP) membership requirements (January 17, 2012)

January 17 - CFAX Radio (Victoria, B.C.) re: NEWS RELEASE: Federal Conservatives must commit to strengthening access-to-information, ethics, lobbying, political finance, financial administration, public consultation and whistleblower protection laws and enforcement to fulfill their international Open Government Partnership (OGP) membership requirements (January 17, 2012)

January 16 - CBC Radio (Early Edition show in B.C.) re: B.C. Premier Christy Clark hires former corporate lobbyist as her chief of staff, raising serious conflict of interest issues


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NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES and WEB MEDIA
2012 -- 375 print and web media appearances so far (including 90 national appearances (including Yahoo News Canada reprints of articles))

August 31 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Alberta government keeping financial details on the state of the province's finances secret dangerous for democracy -- Government information must by default be public (Calgary Herald, August 31, 2012)

August 30 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: With big banks posting record profits an independent financial consumer watchdog group and regular audits are required to ensure banks are not reaping excessive profits through gouging and cutting services (GlobalNews.ca, August 30, 2012)

August 29 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Situation with Prime Minister's Chief of Staff Nigel Wright highlights major loopholes in the Conflict of Interest Act that need to be closed (Macleans Magazine, GlobalNews.ca and 11 other media outlets across Canada (all publishing Canadian Press wire article), August 29, 2012)

August 29 - Rabble.ca re: OP-ED: Nigel Wright's meetings wrong, but legal (and that is the problem) (August 29, 2012) -- To see related Rabble.ca piece, click here.

August 23 - Rabble.ca re: NEWS RELEASE: Ontario by-election dates bad for voter turnout - Changes needed to election timing, voting system, and voter rights and advertising to increase voter turnout... (August 22, 2012) --To see related Rabble.ca piece, click here.

August 22 - Windsor Star re: NEWS RELEASE: Ontario by-election dates bad for voter turnout - Changes needed to election timing, voting system, and voter rights and advertising to increase voter turnout... (August 22, 2012) -- To see related Windsor Star piece, click here

August 22 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Elections Canada must disclose its rulings on more than 3,000 complaints it received since 1997 (Yahoo.com News, August 22, 2012)

August 20 - Winnipeg Free Press re: NEWS RELEASE: Democracy Watch calls for clarification on recent flawed interpretation of Canada Elections Act by Commissioner of Canada Elections (August 14, 2012) -- To see related Winnipeg Free Press piece, click here

August 15 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson ignores evidence and rules in refusing to investigate Conservative MP Paul Calandra (Globe and Mail, August 17, 2012)

August 17 - The Hill Times re: LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Quebec election timing is unfair and undemocratic - Honesty-in-Politics law and fixed election dates among key changes needed (The Hill Times, August 17, 2012) -- To see related Hill Times piece, click here

August 16 - CBC Inside Politics Blog re: NEWS RELEASE: Democracy Watch calls for clarification on recent flawed interpretation of Canada Elections Act by Commissioner of Canada Elections (August 16, 2012) -- To see related Inside Politics piece, click here

August 15 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Is online voting the way of the future? Democracy Watch believes other key steps are needed before online voting is implemented (Lethbridge Herald, August 16, 2012)

August 15 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: If Quebec politicians are serious about fighting corruption they must target Bill 48 and close major loopholes that allow politicians to be unethical (Montreal Gazette, August 15, 2012)

August 14 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Corruption takes over Quebec election race - parties need to break from political games, make promises to clean up government, and follow through (Montreal Gazette, August 14, 2012)

July 12 - Rabble.ca Blog re: NEWS RELEASE: Democracy Watch calls for clarification on recent flawed interpretation of Canada Elections Act by Commissioner of Canada Elections (August 14, 2012) -- To see related Rabble.ca piece, click here

August 9 - Canada.com re: LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Public has clear right to know what political staffers are doing and what power they have (August 6, 2012) To see related Canada.com piece, click here

August 9 - The Epoch Times re: LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Public has clear right to know what political staffers are doing and what power they have (August 6, 2012) To see related Epoch Times piece, click here

August 8 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Public consultation needed when government makes decisions with major effects on the public (Montreal Gazette, August 8, 2012)

August 6 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Former Conservative staffer Bruce Carson not charged under Lobbying Act because of loopholes that need to be closed (The Hill Times, August 6, 2012)

August 6 - LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Elections Canada needs new powers to clean up election system, but has an enforcement problem (The Hill Timest, August 6, 2012)

August 6 - LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Hopefully Prime Minister Stephen Harper will sometime soon start upholding his Accountability Guide rules, given that he has ignored them so far in situations involving many of his Cabinet ministers and senior government officials. (The Hill Times, August 6, 2012)

August 4 - LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Democracy Watch leads push for an Honesty in Politics law - needed now more than ever (Calgary Sun, August 4, 2012)

July 31 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Federal Conservatives fail to initiate Conflict of Interest Act review by legally required deadline -- Democracy Watch leads push for review and to close huge loopholes in Act and strengthen enforcement because all parties have ignored problems for decades (The Hill Times, July 31, 2012)

July 30 - Letter-to-the-Editor by Yaroslav Baran (The Hill Times) in response to July 23 - LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: The Hill Times’ Terrific 25 Staffers Survey should include the ‘most ethical’ too -- and huge loopholes in federal ethics rules must be closed, and enforcement strengthened (The Hill Times, July 23, 2012)

July 30 - Letter-to-the-Editor by Andrew MacDougall (The Hill Times) in response to July 23 - LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: The Hill Times’ Terrific 25 Staffers Survey should include the ‘most ethical’ too -- and huge loopholes in federal ethics rules must be closed, and enforcement strengthened (The Hill Times, July 23, 2012)

July 30 - LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Federal Conservative Party response to Carson charges deeply hypocritical, federal ethics rules must be applied equally to all (Huffington Post, July 30, 2012)

July 30 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Elections Canada needs new powers to clean up election system, and has an enforcement problem (The Hill Times, July 30, 2012)

July 30 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: MP Paul Calandra's fundraising events violate Prime Minister Harper's own rules, and raise serious questions about violations of federal ethics and lobbying laws (The Hill Times, July 30, 2012)

July 26 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Prime Minister's Office ignores own rules in defending Conservative MP Paul Calandara in fundraising controversy (The Globe and Mail, July 26, 2012)

July 23 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Elections Canada faces serious questions about its enforcement system -- must prove it has been enforcing law and holding fair elections by disclosing rulings in 3,000 complaints it has received since 1997 (The Hill Times, July 23, 2012)

July 23 - LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: The Hill Times’ Terrific 25 Staffers Survey should include the ‘most ethical’ too -- and huge loopholes in federal ethics rules must be closed, and enforcement strengthened (The Hill Times, July 23, 2012)

July 23 - LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Elections bodies should acknowledge weakness in systems, not ignore it (The Hill Times, July 23, 2012)

July 20 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Prime Minister Harper's senior adviser takes government relations job with Air Canada, raising serious questions about violations of federal ethics and lobbying laws (Globe and Mail, July 20, 2012)

July 19 - LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson ignores evidence and rules in ruling on Conservative Cabinet Minister Tony Clement (iPolitics, The Tyee, and Rabble.ca, July 19, 2012)

July 17 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Bennettís Law: Meaningful consultation = saying + listening (iPolitics, July 17, 2012)

July 12 - CBC Inside Politics Blog re: NEWS RELEASE: Ruling by Commissioner of Canada Elections much too narrowly interprets key Canada Elections Act measures that prohibit influence of voters by foreigners, and uses invalid excuses for not investigating (July 12, 2012) -- To see related Inside Politics piece, click here

July 12 - LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Elections Canada and others should clean up problems, not defend them (National Post and Edmonton Journal, July 12, 2012)

July 9 - LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Federal Access to Information Act Review by Commissioner is Great News (National Post, July 9, 2012)

July 7 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Federal Access to Information Act turns 30 amid calls for reform (CBC News Canada, July 7, 2012)

July 6 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Former chief-of-staff exposes hole in five-year lobbying ban, experts say (The Lobby Monitor, July 6, 2012)

July 5 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Lobbying spending disclosure not necessarily better transparency, commissioner's office says (The Lobby Monitor, July 5, 2012)

July 2 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Latest integrity commissionerís report much like those under Ouimet (The Hill Times, July 2, 2012)

June 22 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Canada languishes in world info rankings (Metro News, June 22, 2012)

June 21 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Parliamentary Budget Officer Needs Enforcement Powers (The Epoch Times (English Edition), June 21, 2012)

June 18 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Federal Auditor General's report on House of Commons and Senate spending disappointing, AG is required to audit MP's expenses (Hill Times, June 18, 2012)

June 16 - LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Canada needs more honest, ethical, open government (Hill Times and the Toronto Star, June 16, 2012)

June 15 - OP-ED: Did Canada's Auditor General Break the Law With Bad Auditing? (HuffingtonPost.ca, June 15, 2012)

June 14 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Federal Auditor General's report on House of Commons and Senate spending disappointing, AG is required to audit MP's expenses (iask.ca, June 14, 2012)

June 13 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Federal Auditor General's report on House of Commons and Senate spending disappointing, AG is required to audit MP's expenses (National Post and 9 other media outlets (all publishing Canadian Press wire article), June 13, 2012)

June 13 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Federal Auditor General's report on House of Commons and Senate spending disappointing, AG is required to audit MP's expenses (Globe and Mail, June 13, 2012)

June 13 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Newfoundland provincial Conservative bill to expand exemptions to Access to Information requests and increase what is considered cabinet confidentiality dangerously undemocratic (Global News and 14 other media outlets, June 13, 2012)

June 12 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Newfoundland provincial Conservative bill to expand exemptions to Access to Information requests and increase what is considered cabinet confidentiality dangerously undemocratic (CBC News, June 12, 2012)

June 12 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Newfoundland provincial Conservative bill to expand exemptions to Access to Information requests and increase what is considered cabinet confidentiality a regressive step back in open government (Global Regina, June 12, 2012) -- To see related 660 News article, click here. To see a related Metro News article, click here

May 31 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Conservative omnibus budget bill triggers national campaign in defence of nature and democracy (Vancouver Sun, May 31, 2012)

May 27 - LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Conservative MP's budget concerns, and solutions (Toronto Star, May 24, 2012)

May 24 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Among the Rebels: Duff Conacher on Occupy Canada (This Magazine, May 24, 2012)

May 24 - LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Conservative MP's budget concerns, and solutions (iPolitics.ca and the Toronto Star, May 24, 2012)

May 21 - The Hill Times re: NEWS RELEASE: House Committee recommends some key changes to strengthen federal Lobbying Act and enforcement system, but fails to address huge loopholes that allow secret, unethical lobbying of the federal government (April 25, 2012) -- To see related Hill Times article, click here

May 17 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: The point of it all: A note from the first NDP budget bill roundtable (iPolitics.ca, May 17, 2012)

May 17 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: NDP launches anti-budget roadshow (Sun News, May 17, 2012)

May 15 - LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Federal democracy and good government watchdogs are lapdogs in key ways -- will Conservatives make much-needed changes? (Globe and Mail, May 15, 2012)

May 11 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: NDP accusses Federal Conservative Cabinet Minister of bending rules on $1-million grant for Baird Associate (Globe and Mail, May 11, 2012)

May 7 - WEBSITE ARTICLE: Green Party MP May re-files Democracy Watch complaint about Conservatives' unethical relations with Rahim Jaffer (iPolitics.ca, May 7, 2012) To see more information about original complaint, go to: this page

May 2 - Key changes are need to ensure that democracy is properly supervised and governments are honest, open, and waste preventing (Guelph Mercury, May 2, 2012)

May 2 - A year after robocalls, where's democracy now? (Guelph Mercury, May 1, 2012)

May 2 - Government of Alberta must institute robocall regulation to prevent misleading and harrassing robocalls (Calgary Herald, May 2, 2012)

May 1 - Vancouver Sun re: OP-ED: Federal Conservative's pending scandals show need for stronger rules, and enforcement (April 30, 2012) -- To see related Vancouver Sun article, click here

OP-ED: Spending scandals show need for stronger rules, and enforcement (Edmonton Journal, April 30, 2012)

April 25 - Calgary Sun re: NEWS RELEASE: Albertans should not be surprised at low voter turnout in provincial election: Voting system, failure of Elections Alberta to inform voters of right to decline their ballot likely reasons for turnout (April 25, 2012) -- To see related Calgary Sun article, click here

April -- CTV.ca and 17 other media outlets across Canada (all publishing Canadian Press wire article) re: NEWS RELEASE: Federal Conservatives' Open Government Action Plan fails to fulfill Open Government Partnership (OGP) membership requirements -- fails to commit to strengthening access-to-information, ethics, lobbying, political finance, financial administration, public consultation and whistleblower protection laws and enforcement (April 17, 2012) -- To see CP wire article, click here

April 17-18 - CTV.ca, CBC.ca, GlobalNews.ca and 16 other media outlets across Canada (all publishing Canadian Press wire article) re: NEWS RELEASE: Federal Conservatives' Open Government Action Plan fails to fulfill Open Government Partnership (OGP) membership requirements -- fails to commit to strengthening access-to-information, ethics, lobbying, political finance, financial administration, public consultation and whistleblower protection laws and enforcement (April 17, 2012) -- To see CP wire article, click here

April 16 - HuffingtonPost.ca re: NEWS RELEASE: Elections Canada keeps rulings secret on 2,982 complaints since 1997 -- Federal politicians continue to fail to require disclosure of key information to ensure the Canada Elections Act is enforced fairly and effectively (April 16, 2012) -- To see related Huffington Post article, click here

April 14 - Lethbridge Herald (editorial) re: Federal Conservatives' Open Government Plan is only an open data plan, not a plan for open, ethical government

WEBSITE ARTICLE: Alberta's Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties bought off by large corporate donations (Open File Calgary, April 13, 2012)

April 13 - Edmonton Sun (editorial) re: Alberta Progressive Conservative leader Alison Redford will consider Democracy Watch's proposed democratic reforms if re-elected

April 13 - Macleans.ca (blog) re: Federal Conservatives' Open Government Plan is only an open data plan, not a plan for open, ethical government -- To see related news release, click here

April 13 - Macleans.ca (blog) re: Inquiries can waste money, or can be useful

WEBSITE ARTICLE: Federal Conservatives' Open Government Partnership Action Plan is only an open data plan, not a plan for open, ethical government (GlobalNews.ca and 18 other media outlets (all publishing Canadian Press wire article), April 12, 2012) -- To see related news release, click here

OP-ED: Fighter jet spending scandal yet another example of why good government watchdogs must disclose identity of wrongdoers and be given power to penalize them (HuffingtonPost.ca and Rabble.ca, April 4, 2012, and in Vancouver Sun and Regina Leader Post, April 9, 2012)

April 4 - PEJ News re: Federal Conservatives violating democratic good government principles to serve interests of oil and gas sector

WEBSITE ARTICLE: Federal Conservatives trying to spin open data plan and old initiatives as an actual open government plan (Global News.ca and 18 other media outlets across Canada (all publishing Canadian Press wire article), April 2-3, 2012)

April 3 - HuffingtonPost.ca re: Election scandals have happened in past elections also (Elizabeth May blog)

LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Elections Canada discloses some information about robocall complaints from 2011 election, but must still disclose its rulings on more than 2,280 complaints it received since 2004, and elections law must still be changed (Rabble.ca, March 29, 2012)

LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Elections Canada takes some positive steps, but must still disclose its rulings on more than 2,280 complaints it received since 2004, and elections law must still be changed (Hill Times, March 26, 2012)

LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Elections Canada takes some positive steps, but must still disclose its rulings on more than 2,280 complaints it received since 2004, and elections law must still be changed (Epoch Times, March 24, 2012)

LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Federal Ethics Commissioner's ruling that Conservative Cabinet minister Christian Paradis broke federal ethics law is a step forward, but delayed ruling and failure of Prime Minister Harper to punish Paradis are among fatal flaws in system (Canada.com, March 22, 2012)

WEBSITE ARTICLE: Alberta Conservatives break promise, so far, to pass whistleblower protection law (Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal, March 19, 2012)

LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Elections Canada takes some positive steps, but must still disclose its rulings on more than 2,280 complaints it received since 2004, and elections law must still be changed (Rabble.ca, March 16, 2012)

March 14 - APTN TV re: WEBSITE ARTICLE: Federal Dept. of Aboriginal Affairs using PIN messages to avoid disclosure of records to the public -- loophole in Access to Information Act must be closed (APTN.ca and TV news, March 14, 2012)

LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Bill giving Elections Canada more powers and making false election phone calls essentially impossible still needs to be passed, and Elections Canada must still disclose its rulings on more than 2,280 complaints it received since 2004 (Winnipeg Free Press, March 14, 2012)

WEBSITE ARTICLE: House of Commons adopts Democracy Watch's proposal to give Elections Canada more investigation powers, and to make false election phone calls impossible, but law still needs to be changed (Toronto Star, March 13-14, 2012)

March 12 - Hill Times re: NEWS RELEASE: Federal whistleblower agency’s first report of wrongdoing is a small step forward -- misconduct was exposed but those responsible seem to have had a soft landing (March 8, 2012)

March 9 - SingTao.ca re: NEWS RELEASE: Elections Canada must disclose its rulings on 2,284 complaints since 2004, and all its future rulings, to prove that it enforces the federal election law properly and effectively -- Canada Elections Act must be changed to make anonymous phone calls to voters illegal and impossible (March 6, 2012) -- To see SingTao.ca article, click here

March 8 - NOW Magazine (Toronto free weekly) re: NEWS RELEASE: Elections Canada must disclose its rulings on 2,284 complaints since 2004, and all its future rulings, to prove that it enforces the federal election law properly and effectively -- Canada Elections Act must be changed to make anonymous phone calls to voters illegal and impossible (March 6, 2012)

WEBSITE ARTICLE: Lots of corporate lobbyists lobbying on federal budget, but loopholes mean secret, unethical lobbying is still legal (Canada.com and 4 other PostMedia News newspapers across Canada, March 9, 2012)

WEBSITE ARTICLE: Federal Integrity Commissioner finally finds a government employee guilty based on whistleblower report, but fails to identify the wrongdoer (CTV.ca, GlobalNews.ca, HuffingtonPost.ca and 21 other media outlets across Canada, March 8, 2012) re: NEWS RELEASE: Federal whistleblower agency’s first report of wrongdoing is a small step forward -- misconduct was exposed but those responsible seem to have had a soft landing (March 8, 2012)

March 7 - PacificFreePress.com re: NEWS RELEASE: Elections Canada must disclose its rulings on 2,284 complaints since 2004, and all its future rulings, to prove that it enforces the federal election law properly and effectively -- Canada Elections Act must be changed to make anonymous phone calls to voters illegal and impossible (March 6, 2012)

March 6 - Calgary Herald (editorial) and Rabble.ca blog re: NEWS RELEASE: Elections Canada must disclose its rulings on 2,284 complaints since 2004, and all its future rulings, to prove that it enforces the federal election law properly and effectively -- Canada Elections Act must be changed to make anonymous phone calls to voters illegal and impossible (March 6, 2012) -- To see the editorial, click here

OP-ED: Democracy Watch, and others, tried to get Elections Canada to fully investigate and properly rule on 2008 election robocall fraud (Ottawa Citizen, March 5, 2012)

LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Elections Canada must disclose details about complaints and its rulings on more than 2,280 complaints it received since 2004 (Globe and Mail, February 29, 2012, Vancouver Sun and Epoch Times and Toronto Star, March 3, 2012, and Hill Times, March 5, 2012)

March 3 - Rtkorr.com re: LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: Elections Canada must disclose details about complaints and its rulings on more than 2,280 complaints it received since 2004 (Globe and Mail, February 29, 2012, Vancouver Sun and Epoch Times and Toronto Star, March 3, 2012, and Hill Times, March 5, 2012) -- To see Rtkorr.com article, click here

EDITORIAL: Elections Canada must come clean on its past record of investigating and ruling on more than 2,280 complaints (Toronto Star, March 1-2, 2012) -- To see related Toronto Star article, click here -- To see related letter, click here

WEBSITE ARTICLE: Elections Canada must disclose details of how it has ruled on 2,284 complaints it has received since 2004 (Maclean's magazine, March 2, 2012)

WEBSITE ARTICLE: Federal Conservatives used U.S. companies with Republican ties to connect with voters in Canada during 2011 federal election (Toronto Star, March 2, 2012)

EDITORIAL: Federal elections law must be changed to make anonymous phone calls during elections illegal (Winnipeg Free Press, March 2, 2012)

March 2 - Cape Breton Post re: Elections Canada must prove that it is a fair and effective watchdog

WEBSITE ARTICLE: Elections Canada has more than 2,280 other past investigations to answer questions above, not just current robocall fraud investigation (CBC.ca, March 1, 2012) -- To see article on HuffingtonPost.com, click here and to see related Yahoo.com article, click here and to see related article on BoingBoing.com, click here and to see related UpdatedNews.ca article, click here

WEBSITE ARTICLE: Robocall election fraud tactic was tried first in 2008 federal election in B.C. riding, and Elections Canada should re-open investigation (Georgia Straight, March 1, 2012)

WEBSITE ARTICLE: Elections Canada has more than 2,280 other past investigations to answer questions about, not just current robocall fraud investigation (Canada.com, GlobalNews.ca and 7 Postmedia News newspapers across Canada, February 28, 2012) -- To see related news release, click here

February 24 - New Brunswick newspapers re: New Brunswick Conflict of Interest Commissioner ends investigation into former MLA only because MLA is no longer an MLA, revealing a major loophole that must be closed

OP-ED: Spending scandal, and many other recent scandals, show need for a Real Accountability Act to clean up federal politics (Rabble.ca, February 21, 2012)

OP-ED: Spending scandal, and many other recent scandals, show clear need for Real Federal Accountability Act to clean up Canadian government (Hill Times, February 20, 2012)

WEBSITE ARTICLE: Foreign Affairs minister John Baird's refusal to comply shows clear need to give federal Information Commissioner more powers (Canada.com and 7 Postmedia News newspapers across Canada, February 20-21, 2012)

WEBSITE ARTICLE: Former Ethics Counsellor Howard Wilson passes away, 8 years after Federal Court ruled against four of his rulings (Canada.com and 10 Postmedia News newspapers across Canada, February 20, 2012)

February 17 - LobbyMonitor.ca re: NEWS RELEASE: More than 85 secret, unethical lobbying situations possible since 2004 -- Commissioner of Lobbying must disclose secret rulings, and find wrongdoing lobbyists guilty of violating Lobbyists' Code (February 13, 2012)

February 15 - LobbyMonitor.ca re: NEWS RELEASE: More than 85 secret, unethical lobbying situations possible since 2004 -- Commissioner of Lobbying must disclose secret rulings, and find wrongdoing lobbyists guilty of violating Lobbyists' Code (February 13, 2012)

February 14 - LobbyMonitor.ca re: NEWS RELEASE: More than 85 secret, unethical lobbying situations possible since 2004 -- Commissioner of Lobbying must disclose secret rulings, and find wrongdoing lobbyists guilty of violating Lobbyists' Code (February 13, 2012)

February 13 - CTV.ca re: NEWS RELEASE: More than 85 secret, unethical lobbying situations possible since 2004 -- Commissioner of Lobbying must disclose secret rulings, and find wrongdoing lobbyists guilty of violating Lobbyists' Code (February 13, 2012) -- To see related CTV.ca news article, click here

February 13 - Hill Times re: Federal Lobbying Act full of loopholes and weakly enforced -- many changes needed

February 13 - Hill Times re: Duceppe situation would have been caught earlier if Auditor General had done audit earlier -- See related LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: If Auditor General had audited MPs as she should have, Duceppe situation would have been cleared up years ago (Hill Times, January 30, 2012)

WEBSITE ARTICLE: Federal fixed-election date measures too weak to restrict Prime Minister from calling snap election (iPolitics.ca, February 10, 2012)

February 9 - iPolitics.ca re: Loopholes in federal law allow for secret, unethical lobbying and NEWS RELEASE: House Committee must recommend that federal Lobbying Act and enforcement system be changed in 10 key ways to finally end secret, unethical lobbying of the federal government (February 9, 2012)

February 9 - LobbyMonitor.ca re: Loopholes in federal law allow for secret, unethical lobbying and NEWS RELEASE: House Committee must recommend that federal Lobbying Act and enforcement system be changed in 10 key ways to finally end secret, unethical lobbying of the federal government (February 9, 2012)

February 9 - CBC.ca and GlobalNews.ca blogs re: NEWS RELEASE: House Committee must recommend that federal Lobbying Act and enforcement system be changed in 10 key ways to finally end secret, unethical lobbying of the federal government (February 9, 2012)

February 6 - Hill Times (publishing letter by Duff Conacher) re: Conservatives have made most undemocratic change to federal political finance system, while benefiting from least democratic part of the system

WEBSITE EDITORIAL: Edmonton Sun re: Politicians' pay is symptom of systemic problems

WEBSITE ARTICLE: MPs must work together to make changes to restrict power of party leaders (Canada.com and 11 Postmedia News newspapers across Canada, January 31, 2012)

NEWS RELEASE: Groups urge Senate to question whistleblower watchdog Mario Dion, and to end 5-year muzzling of civil society (January 30, 2012) -- To see related iPolitics.ca article, click here -- and also posted on PEJ news

WEBSITE ARTICLE: If MPs were covered by Access to Information Act, secret spending and partisan activities would be revealed (HuffingtonPost.ca, January 30, 2012)

LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: If Auditor General had audited MPs as she should have, Duceppe situation would have been cleared up years ago (Hill Times, January 30, 2012)

January 30 -- Hill Times re: Elections Canada hides details of investigations in hundreds of cases

WEBSITE ARTICLE: Ontario Liberals being undemocratic and secretive in budgeting process, unlike minority government should be (CBC.ca and 18 other media outlets across Canada, all publishing CanadianPress.com wire article, January 27, 2012 -- See article also on GlobalNews.ca)

January 27 - PublicValues.ca re: Ontario Liberals being undemocratic and secretive in budgeting process, unlike minority government should be

LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR: If Auditor General had audited MPs as she should have, Duceppe situation would have been cleared up years ago (Globe and Mail, January 25, 2012)

WEBSITE ARTICLE: Governments across Canada, such as the City of Hamilton, continue to fail to operate openly by disclosing information the public has a right to know (Hamilton Spectator, January 19, 2012) -- To see related Spectator editorial, click here

January 16 - Hill Times re: letter from reader mentioning Democracy Watch's open government campaign

January 10 - VancouverObserver.com re: Donations from oil companies tainting Canadian government decision-making

January 4 - YorkRegion.com re: police budget for region does not have to be negotiated entirely in secret, and public has a right to know some details

WEBSITE ARTICLE: Federal Conservatives have so far broken almost all their 2006 election open government promises, and their international Open Government Partnership (OGP) commitments -- will Conservatives' final April 2012 OGP Action Plan also break their commitments? (Canada.com and 13 Postmedia News newspapers across Canada, January 3, 2012) -- To see related news release, click here


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II. 2012 Public Appearances
in reverse chronological order

GOVERNMENT HEARINGS
2012

May 29 - Tyler Sommers testified in Ottawa before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance about Bill C-38, the Budget Implementation Bill.

March 13 - Tyler Sommers testified in Ottawa before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance about Bill S-5 which changes federal financial institution laws -- see related CCRC NEWS RELEASE: As banking fees increase yet again, federal government action needed to ensure record big bank profits not based on gouging and ignoring job-creating businesses -- Bill S-5 too weak -- Comprehensive audits, and new Financial Consumer Organization needed for effective bank and financial services industry accountability, and for financial literacy

February 9 - Duff Conacher testified in Ottawa before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics on needed changes to the federal Lobbying Act -- NEWS RELEASE: House Committee must recommend that federal Lobbying Act and enforcement system be changed in 10 key ways to finally end secret, unethical lobbying of the federal government (February 9, 2012) -- See also related February 13, 2012 news release




CONFERENCES / WORKSHOPS / SPEECHES

2012

May 2 - Duff Conacher spoke on the issue of "Canada's Democracy in Crisis" at a public event in Guelph, Ontario organized by the Guelph-Wellington Coalition for Social Justice

April 28 - Tyler Sommers appeared on a panel entitled: "The State of Democracy in Canada" with Anita Vanderbeld (National Democratic Institute in the Democratic Republic of Congo), and Elizabeth May (Member of Parliament)

April 22 - Tyler Sommers appeared on a panel entitled: "Democracy During & Between Elections: Protecting it and Enhancing it" with Karen McCrimmon, Julien LaMarche (Fair Vote Canada), and Stephane Dion (Member of Parliament)




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