Thanks very much. It's also good to see that one of us has had an advancement in our career.
The reason is that so much of information is staged for us today. So much of journalism is actually taken from whatever is laid in front of us. Then there's also a certain amount that we have to react to, whether it's a tragedy or an event of some sort where we have to simply be there to respond and be the chroniclers of that.
I don't think there is enough room in the public sphere for material that is of a journalist's own basic initiative. I think that access to information—freedom of information, as it's called in the province—is an opportunity for journalists essentially to devise what they believe the public wants to know and then go about getting it without necessarily being just at the trough of what governments will lay out before us.
It also sheds important light on what is sometimes a bit of a chasm between what the public is told and what is really happening.
Lastly, I think it also serves as a bit of an instrument for the public to have input into journalism and to demand certain things from us—to go and seek the information that the public wants. Without it, I don't think that we come close to even approximating the activities of government.
In a system that's absent a very effective ATIP, we're left with a system that is largely rolled out, orchestrated and choreographed by governments of the day. I don't think that this is anywhere near the service that the public needs.