Archive (Year: 2017)

May 26, 2017 - Ron Kruzeniski, Information and Privacy Commissioner

Recording a Public Meeting

The Legislative Assembly broadcasts its proceedings over the internet. Each word spoken by an MLA is recorded and published in Hansard. Hansard is available to the public.  Similarly, committees of the Legislative Assembly are public, sometimes broadcasted and recorded in Hansard.  Both video and text are available on the Legislative Assembly web site at ( read more

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May 24, 2017 - Ron Kruzeniski, Information and Privacy Commissioner

3 Minutes for a Search

As public bodies have gone to doing the majority of their communicating by email, access requests for records of emails have increased. I expect such requests will continue.  If the access request is for recent records (emails) an employee can perform a search in Outlook (or other email program) and very quickly locate the emails... read more

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May 15, 2017 - Sharon Young, Analyst

Council Agendas and Meeting Minutes

To be accountable to the public, meetings of council and council committees are public by virtue of section 119 and 120 of The Municipalities Act. Further, subsection 117(1)(d) of The Municipalities Act entitles any person to inspect and obtain copies of council meeting minutes after they have approved by council. To support this accountability, municipalities... read more

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April 7, 2017 - Ron Kruzeniski, Information and Privacy Commissioner

Privacy Officer in a Difficult Spot

I encourage every public body to appoint a FOIP Coordinator. In larger organizations you might want to have a position of Chief Privacy Officer (CPO).  The reasons for having a FOIP Coordinator or a CPO are that in these times organizations really need one person who is knowledgeable on access and privacy issues.  He or... read more

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