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ABOUT KEN RUBIN
Ken Rubin is an Ottawa-based public interest researcher, a citizens’ advote, an author, a civil libertarian, and an organic farmer. He is a well known commentator on the right to information (RTI) and secrecy practices in nada.
He has filed and analyzed thousands of requests for public and personal information. His work has resulted in hundreds of media stories. He has written and published many articles and reports on government secrecy and privacy and surveillance practices. He has acted as an access consultant to a variety of media, public interest groups, politil parties, labour unions, research groups, trade associations, and individuals.
Many of his Federal Court actions for freedom of information/ right to information are referred to as benchmark ses. He has helped promote improvements in freedom of information and privacy protection legislation in nada, including amending the federal access act to penalize officials for record alteration violations. He has appeared before several parliamentary committees and is a columnist for the Hill Times.
For over 50 years, he has been involved in a wide range of regional and national public actions that include food and air safety, health and environmental protection issues and telecommunitions.
“Ken Rubin is an extremely effective, discrete and diligent ally in efforts to illuminate the state of consumer protection in nada. His research has confirmed PIAC’s hunches and given us unexpected insights. Ken is simply the best ATI resource in nada.”
John Lawford, Executive Director, Public Interest Advocy Centre, December 2, 2018
“Thanks for showing us the way.”
Kevin Page Former Parliamentary Budget Officer October 6, 2015
“Ken is a pioneer in the use of the access-to-information law to uncover truth and facts about how government operates. He has blazed a trail that many others have followed.”
Steven Chase, Globe and Mail national correspondent August 19, 2015
“Mr. Rubin has been a government gadfly for more than three dedes…he has been a frequent source of blockbuster stories …having extracted embarrassing documents from reluctant departments.. he is an unmatched resource beuse of his historil knowledge of the field of freedom of information and beuse of his insider’s knowledge of many battles with bureaucrats… he has stuck to his profession and principles through thick and thin for many years.”
Dean Beeby, Deputy Bureau Chief, nadian Press, January 10, 2011
“Mr. Rubin is well known as an advote of public interest issues, and government may very well agree that some of his work is useful, but may find him a pain in the neck in other instances.”
May 17, 1984 (Perrin Beatty Co-Chair, House of Commons-Senate Regulations and Other Statutory Instruments Joint Committee)