Darce Fardy Leaving Review Officer Post
Darce Fardy has announced he is retiring as Nova Scotia’s freedom of information and protection of privacy review officer, effective Monday, Jan. 23. Ombudsman Dwight Bishop, a former RCMP assistant commissioner, will assume Mr. Fardy’s duties on an interim basis until a full-time successor is chosen. Mr. Fardy has provided independent oversight over the Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation since Jan. 24, 1995. “I would like to thank Mr. Fardy for his service,” said Justice Minister Michael Baker. “We became known across Canada for out great strides in freedom of information and privacy laws. The review office fills an extremely important function for all Nova Scotians.” Mr. Fardy was a veteran CBC journalist before taking the review officer’s position. He started as a reporter in Newfoundland in 1952 and completed his journalism career in Toronto as the head of network television current affairs. Nova Scotia was the first province in Canada to enact a Freedom of Information Act, in 1977. Since that time, all other jurisdictions in the country have followed suit. The act was replaced in 1993 by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.