It's gotten to the point where the media have noticed it:
"Has topped academic list since 2007"
-- Ottawa Citizen, May 21, 2011
The University of Ottawa ("Canada's university"), under the Allan Rock administration, has had the most freedom-of-information law requests of any college or university in Ontario every year since 2007: 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
And by a long shot: Second place in 2010 was occupied by U of T (a much larger institution) which had half as many requests.
The Information and Privacy Commissioner's (IPC) Annual Report 2010 was recently posted HERE.
"Officials at the University of Ottawa struggled ... to explain..." (Citizen) and the media struggled to interpret... but it seems pretty clear to this observer:
The University of Ottawa is an overly secretive publicly funded institution -- hello...?
Indeed, much of its last ("Vision 2010") 5-year plan was about how it was going to post all committee meeting minutes to the web and the like and emphasize transparency - we are still waiting... Even senators on University Senate can't get the information they need to do their work: HERE.
The media failed to note that the IPC 2010 Report also put U of O in a few additional notorious categories:
- more information law requests than any other college or university
- third most legal appeals of its non-compliance for all agencies in Ontario, led only by Ontario Power Authority and Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
- only university or college to be found in "deemed refusal" for non-compliance
- largest number of legal appeals for personal information requests of any agency in Ontario