Note to editors:
The president of the Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA) will present on the topic of access to information at a conference co-sponsored by Memorial University on Monday, May 17.
John Hinds will speak on Access: A User’s Perspective at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Access and Privacy Workshop from 9:45-10:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Government Centre in St. John’s.
Mr. Hinds will outline the challenges faced by users of access regimes across the country and the hurdles that journalists and the public face daily in accessing information. He will also discuss the findings of CNA’s Annual Access to Information Audit, which examines access to information in every province and the federal government and this year has been expanded to include municipalities and universities.
Mr. Hinds is the president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Newspaper Association and Community Media Canada, formerly the Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA). Mr. Hinds was appointed to his current position in July 2008 and prior to that had been the chief executive officer of the CCNA.
Together CNA and CCNA represent over 1,000 daily, weekly and community newspapers in almost every community across Canada.
Mr. Hinds is a qualified lawyer and prior to joining the newspaper industry worked as a lawyer, a public affairs consultant and served as a senior adviser to a number of federal cabinet ministers including the ministers of health, public works and government services and transport.