URegina fossil fuel case to be heard in open courtroom

May 23, 2019

The University of Regina’s request that a Freedom of Information case be heard behind closed doors has been rejected by a Regina judge, reports the Regina Leader-Post. At issue is a project by Geography and Environmental Studies professor Emily Eaton that looks at external funding for fossil fuel research projects in Western Canada. Eaton filed an FOI with URegina in 2017 for the information, but the university withheld the names of funding agencies or faculties that would receive the money. “[T]he court sort of affirmed that the university can’t make a policy argument about a blanket exemption, which it was doing in its denial of my freedom of information request, and then expect not to have to defend that argument in an open court,” Eaton told the Leader-Post. Leader-Post SK