Iqaluit water crisis highlights need to expand access to info laws, says commissioner – Nunatsiaq News

Nov 2, 2021

Graham Steele says including municipalities in legislation is good for the public and government

The ongoing water crisis in Iqaluit is drawing attention to the need for Nunavut’s municipalities to be brought under access to information legislation, some experts have told Nunatsiaq News.

“Citizens want to know what their governments ar`e doing,” said Nunavut’s information and privacy commissioner, Graham Steele.

“That’s particularly heightened in the case of an emergency.”

One such public health emergency, declared by the City of Iqaluit, is in its third week. People in Nunavut’s capital are not able to drink their tap water after fuel contamination was confirmed in a well at the city’s water treatment plant on Oct. 15.

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