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Advocacy of public interest issues has defined my working life. Captured here are some of the written results of that advocacy work drawn from articles, studies, columns, news stories, submissions and representations.





. Battling Secrecy Podcast at Ryerson’s Freedom of Expression Centre. (November 27, 2017)

. Consumer 150 Conference

. Community Organizing Work submission to the Ottawa People’s Commission on the Convoy Occupation December 7, 2022

. Speaking Notes reflecting on my environmental advocacy work

. Speaking Notes on Privacy Advocacy


It’s out of hand: A conversation with Ken Rubin, self-described information warrior
(Globe and Mail, June 7/23)

Access to Information is Broken Beyond Repair
(Globe and Mail, Nov. 5, 2022)

Assisting whistle blowers and those under duress
(J Source, February 12, 2018)

Ken Rubin, still on a mission
(Glebe Report, Randal Marlin, December  2018)

A Lifetime Spent Battling Secrecy
(Ken Rubin, November 2015)

He digs for information in the public interest
(Public Editor, Toronto Star Nov 27/15)

The Perils and Paradoxes of FOI in Canada
(J Source, March 3, 2015)

Access & Activism: An Investigator’s Journey
(Ottawa Magazine October, 2015)

Secrecy lives behind ATI law
(Toronto Star, June 19, 2013)

Canada’s ATI Act turns 30
(Hill Times, July 2, 2012)

Unlocking Ottawa’s Secrets
(Toronto Star op-ed, July 2, 2003)

Organic Activist Makes a Difference
(EcoFarm & Garden, Fall 2003)

A Mission to embarrass the bigwigs
(Globe and Mail, December 3, 1997)

Access to Information
(extract from Beyond the Headlines, Cecil Rosner, 2008)

My 10 Best Access Hits
(Globe and Mail July 3, 1993)

State Secrets
(Saturday Night article, October 1987)

Book Chapters

“Tales from the front line: Canada’s FOI Warrior”, Ken Rubin in FOI at 10: Freedom fighting or lazy journalism?, Felle, Tom and Mair, John (2015) (eds), Bury St Edmunds: Abramis, England, pp. 205-213; ISBN: 978 -1-84549-646-3

“Managing Information: Too Much Publicity, Not Enough Public Disclosure”, Ken Rubin and Kirsten Kozolanka, in Publicity and the Canadian State: Critical Communications Perspectives, University of Toronto Press, 2014, p. 195-214; ISBN: 978-1-4426-1590-8

Opinion Columns

Hill Times Columns on Open Government (google Ken Rubin – Hill Times); “What 25 years of writing on Access to Information looks like”

Ottawa Citizen occasional op eds (google Ken-Rubin Ottawa Citizen); “Long History of Collaboration”