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February 14, 2018 - Melanie Coyle, Analyst

UPDATED: Clarifying Access Requests: Unclogging the Pores of FOIP

Consider the following scenario from three perspectives: Imagine you are an applicant who has made what you thought was a fairly simple access request. You are shocked when a courier arrives at your door with five banker’s boxes full of records. Now you have to go through it all and find what you are actually... read more

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February 12, 2018 - Melanie Coyle, Analyst

UPDATED: Fee Waiver Criteria – In the Public Interest

Please note that this blog was originally posted on March 25, 2015.  On January 1, 2018, amendments to both The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Regulations (FOIP Regulations) and section 8 of The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Regulations came into effect.  The blog below discusses these regulations as they were... read more

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February 9, 2018 - Melanie Coyle, Analyst

Don’t do the wrong thing when trying to do the right thing

Those working in health professions understandably need to have high standards.  When they observe a behavior of a colleague that is concerning or there are working conditions that impact patient care or safety, it is necessary to take steps to correct the situation.  This can include raising concerns with a professional body or a union.... read more

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January 31, 2018 - Ron Kruzeniski, Information and Privacy Commissioner

Can You Bring an Action or Class Action for the Tort of Violation of Privacy in Saskatchewan

I was asked whether a person could sue or be part of a class action in Saskatchewan for a breach of privacy.  Still being relatively new, I did not know the answer but decided to find out.  The Privacy Act provides in section 2, that it is a tort, actionable without proof of damage, for... read more

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