Kamla vows to challenge FOIA changes

Any at­tempt by the Gov­ern­ment to sti­fle the pub­lic's free­dom to in­for­ma­tion will be met with court ac­tion, Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar warned on Mon­day night.

Al­though de­bate on the Mis­cel­la­neous Pro­vi­sions (Tax Amnesty, Pen­sions, Free­doms of In­for­ma­tion, Na­tion­al In­sur­ance, Cen­tral Bank and non-prof­it or­gan­i­sa­tions) Bill 2019 had been sched­uled for Par­lia­ment, Per­sad-Bisses­sar took time off to at­tend the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress' Mon­day Night Fo­rum at Na­pari­ma Col­lege in San Fer­nan­do.

Ramesh threatens public campaign to stop FOIA amendment

Contending that democracy is now under threat, former Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj has threatened to mount a public campaign to stop the government from amending the Freedom of Information Act without public consultation.

During a press conference at his office in San Fernando, Maharaj said the proposed amendments were not in the public interest and will hinder people from accessing the Act to get government-held information.

Kamla on FOIA: Amendments obscene, no support from Opposition

A mass ap­peal by at least 30 pri­vate bod­ies, in­clud­ing the Law As­so­ci­a­tion of T&T (LATT) is try­ing to force the Gov­ern­ment to with­draw the Clause 7 amend­ment to the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act (FOIA).

The LATT, in a me­dia re­lease yes­ter­day, said it sup­port­ed the call for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the pro­posed amend­ments to the FOIA.

"The FOIA has be­come a cor­ner­stone in civ­il so­ci­ety’s ef­fort to hold pub­lic au­thor­i­ties to ac­count.

Key stakeholders worried about FOIA amendments

For­mer Joint Con­sul­ta­tive Coun­cil (JCC) pres­i­dent Afra Ray­mond is ques­tion­ing why, in all the dis­cus­sions sur­round­ing amend­ments to the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act (FOIA), noth­ing is be­ing said about the long­stand­ing breach of Sec­tion 40 of the Act which calls for da­ta about the Act it­self to be pub­lished an­nu­al­ly. That da­ta was last tabled in Par­lia­ment in 2008/2009 and made pub­lic in 2010.

Ray­mond has suc­cess­ful­ly used the FOIA to get in­for­ma­tion on the abort­ed San­dals project, as well as the In­vaders Bay project

Kamla cleared in ganja probe

Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar has been cleared of any wrong­do­ing in con­nec­tion to mar­i­jua­na found on her prop­er­ty some five years ago.

Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith on Thurs­day an­nounced that Per­sad-Bisses­sar was not found re­spon­si­ble for the drugs on her premis­es in any way.

Grif­fith, speak­ing dur­ing the po­lice brief­ing at the Po­lice Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing, Port-of-Spain re­spond­ed to ques­tions about the five-year-old case.

PM: Favourable terms for T&T

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley has walked away from his two-week long trip to the US, Nether­lands and the UK with favourable terms for the coun­try’s en­er­gy sec­tor.

This is ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from his of­fice.

He met with Shell in The Hague, Nether­lands, BP in Lon­don and EOG Re­sources and BHP in Hous­ton, Unit­ed States.