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April 3, 2017 - Melanie Coyle, Analyst

Lawyers Bills: Are They a “No Brainer”?

We have now had a few reports that have dealt with the application of solicitor-client privilege exemptions (sections 22 of FOIP and 21 of LA FOIP) to lawyers bills.  In these cases, the Commissioner relied on a Supreme Court of Canada decision Maranda v. Richer, [2003] 3 S.C.R. 193, 2003 SCC67 to find that lawyers... read more

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March 29, 2017 - Diane Aldridge, Director of Compliance

Access and Privacy Rights of Minors Online

On May 3, 2016, our office posted to our website a blog titled, Who Signs for a Child?. Though the focus of that blog was on who can sign for a child under the age of 18 years, the following advice on mature minors was offered: FOIP and LA FOIP do not contemplate the child... 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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