Archive (Tag: duty to assist)

March 18, 2020 - Jennifer Squires, Access and Privacy Consultant, Access and Privacy Branch, Ministry of Justice

An Introduction to “In the Door, Out the Door”: A New Resource to Assist in Processing Access to Information Requests

The Access and Privacy Branch, Ministry of Justice, has been hard at work developing a new online training tool to help anyone who processes access requests under The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This new training module follows the path... read more

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February 19, 2020 - Ron Kruzeniski, Information and Privacy Commissioner

Prescribed access to information request form

My office has encountered situations where an individual writes a letter or sends an email requesting information. The public body responds that the request is not in the prescribed form. The FOIP Regulations do prescribe a form and that form is available on our website at https://oipc.sk.ca/resources/forms/. In Review Report 223-2018 regarding the Rural Municipality... read more

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February 22, 2018 - Sharon Young, Analyst

Duty to assist

In March 2017, I wrote a blog post entitled “Assisting the Applicant” about what the Commissioner means when he refers to the best practice of assisting the applicant. It discussed how government institutions and local authorities should respond to access to information requests openly, accurately, and completely. Since then, both The Freedom of Information and... read more

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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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