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March 22, 2017 - Sharon Young, Analyst

Assisting the Applicant

In many Review Reports, the Commissioner refers to the best practice of assisting the applicant. This means responding to access to information requests openly, accurately and completely. Below is a breakdown of what this means. Openly Individuals may not know about their right to access records in the possession or control of a government institution... read more

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January 27, 2017 - Tristan Hungle, Early Resolution Officer

Clarifying Access Requests vs. Narrowing the Scope: What they mean vs. What they want

As a public body or health trustee, sooner or later you are going to receive an access to information request. Pending the applicant’s experience submitting access to information requests, what information they are seeking, and their knowledge of the business conducted by the public body or trustee, that request could range from being very small... read more

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January 18, 2017 - Melanie Coyle, Analyst

“A” Trustee vs. “THE” Trustee

If you are reading this blog, I probably don’t need to tell you how complex the healthcare system is. When dealing with The Health Information Protection Act (HIPA), one of the most challenging brain teasers I have to deal with on files is who is the trustee in any given circumstance. When we start to... read more

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January 17, 2017 - Melanie Coyle, Analyst

So You’re Ready to Practice Medicine: What Residents Should Know About HIPA

Congratulations on making it this far in your medical careers. It is no easy feat. Unfortunately, if your training this far has not included information about The Health Information Protection Act (HIPA), you may have a bit more to learn.  While it is impossible to put everything you’ll need to know about HIPA in this... read more

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