A Note on the Author 

 

Stanley L. Tromp is a graduate of the University of British Columbia Political Science department (B.A., 1997), where he completed the course in international law at the UBC Law Faculty, and won the 1996 essay prize on the Responsible Use of Freedom from St. Mark’s College at UBC. He graduated from the Langara College journalism program (Vancouver, 1993), and was awarded the best Langara journalism student prize from the B.C. Yukon Community Newspaper Association (BCYNA).

 

He has been nominated for a Webster Award (2015), a Canadian Association of Journalists award (1997), a B.C. Newspaper Foundation award (1999), and won a Canadian Community Newspaper Association prize in 2013.

 

While a reporter for the UBC student newspaper the Ubyssey, his freedom of information act request for the UBC-Coca Cola marketing contract in 1995 prompted a five year legal dispute, a successful B.C. Supreme Court appeal, and an influential ruling for disclosure by the B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner. His appeals have also been the subject of 22 other rulings by the B.C. Commissioner.

 

For news articles, he has made hundreds of FOI requests, including to foreign countries and American states, and has been called “one of the more diligent and creative practitioners of access-to-information reporting” by columnist Vaughn Palmer. His news stories have been published in the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, the Georgia Straight, Vancouver Magazine, the Vancouver Courier, The Province (Vancouver), the Financial Post, The Canadian Press, The Courthouse News, and many other publications.

 

In 2006 and 2009 he gave three oral presentations to the House of Commons and Senate committees in Ottawa considering access to information amendments. He spoke on two expert panels at Right to Know Week in Ottawa in fall 2009, an event free hit counterhosted by the Information Commissioner of Canada. He has also made three presentations to British Columbia legislative reviews of the provincial FOIPP Act  (1998, 2003, 2010), and a submission to the Alberta FOIPP review of 2010.

 

He initiated the FOI caucus of the Canadian Association of Journalists at its annual general meeting in 2004, and was one of the founders of the group B.C. Journalists for Freedom of Information (BCJC) in 1998.

 

In 2007-08, as an aid to FOI scholars and advocates, he spent a year compiling the first World FOI Chart, an Excel spreadsheet comparing all the world’s FOI laws, with NGO commentaries, posted at his website. The Chart was the foundation of his book Fallen Behind: Canada’s Access to Information Act in the World Context, a book one reviewer called “by far the most comprehensive comparative analysis to date of Canadian and international access to information laws.”

 

On the same site is also posted his global Index of FOI Rulings of commissioners and courts, searchable by keyword or FOI law section, an index that low income FOI applicants and lawyers could utilize to seek precedents for their legal appeals.

 

His site has been consulted by the general public, journalists, university professors, courthouse and parliamentary librarians, politicians, senior bureaucrats and government lawyers from at least 40 nations.  He can be reached at stanleytromp@gmail.com    

 

Website: http://www3.telus.net/index100/foi

 

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