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From J Source:

By Anna McKenzie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Discourse

As an Indigenous mom, journalist and B.C. resident, I’m concerned about the bill recently tabled by the B.C. government, which would introduce an application fee for (general) freedom of information requests.

If this change goes through, I fear it will make it harder for small news outlets like IndigiNews to justify filing shot-in-the-dark information requests — like the one that led to our birth alerts investigation.

Birth alerts are when social workers alert hospital workers about expectant parents they consider “high risk,” and ask to be notified when they come to give birth. These alerts often lead to social workers taking newborns into government “care,” and as previously reported by IndigiNews, they’ve disproportionately impacted Indigenous parents.

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