Right To Know (RTK) Week Essay Competition

As part of the celebrations for Right to Know (RTK) Week, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) has for a number of years partnered with other organizations to present a student essay competition. The most recent, the 2014 RTK Week Essay Competition, was launched alongside the Office of Public Engagement (OPE), along with co-sponsors Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) and College of the North Atlantic (CNA).

The purpose of RTK week is to raise awareness of an individual's right to access government information, while promoting freedom of information as essential to both democracy and good governance. The RTK Week Essay Competition helps further this purpose, particularly amongst secondary and post-secondary students. For the 2014 competition, entrants were asked to write on the timely topic of 'open government.' In 2014, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador launched its 'Open Government Initiative,' joining other governments across Canada and around the world in committing to principles of transparency, accountability, participation and collaboration. In reflecting upon this development, students were asked (in 1000 words or less), to address the topic:

What does 'Open Government' mean to you?

The winning essay was awarded a prize valued at $500.00, with the second and third place prizes valued at $200.00 and $100.00, respectively. In addition to cash awards, the winning essays and names of the winners have been published on the websites or promotional material of the co-sponsoring organizations:

For complete contest details, please see:

RTK Week 2014 Essay Competition Contest Details PDF document opens in new window PDF document (103 KB)
RTK Week 2014 Essay Competition Poster PDF document opens in new window PDF document (104 KB)