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Students, profs want UPEI included in Freedom of Information Act

The UPEI Student Union, UPEI Faculty Association and CUPE are jointly calling for the University of Prince Edward Island to be included under provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation.

'It is long overdue,' says student union VP

Like municipalities, UPEI is not included under freedom of information legislation on P.E.I. (CBC)

Three groups, including students and professors, are jointly calling for the University of Prince Edward Island to be included under provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation.

The legislation is under review. Currently, the university and municipalities are not regulated by the act.

The UPEI Student Union, UPEI Faculty Association and CUPE want that to change.

"Nearly half of UPEI's revenues are derived from government funding," said UPEI Student Union vice president Taya Nabuurs, in a news release.

Nearly half of UPEI funding comes from government, says student union VP Taya Nabuurs. (Randy McAndrew/CBC )

"It is long overdue that we bring Prince Edward Island up to speed with every other province and territory in Canada in bringing its post-secondary institutions under FOIPP legislation."

UPEI Faculty Association president Nola Etkin said UPEI's internal access to information system is inadequate.

"[It] leaves the institution to decide when — or even if — information is made public. This is unacceptable in modern Canada," Etkin said.

CUPE 1870, which represents 280 support staff at UPEI, called for UPEI to be included in FOIPP in the same news release.

All three organizations have recently made submissions to government on the issue.

CBC has also made a submission to government for its review of the FOIPP Act, suggesting post-secondary institutions and municipalities be covered by the provincial legislation. 

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