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Tag: duty to assist

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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January 3, 2018 - Melanie Coyle, Analyst

New Year – New Legislation – New Resources

Happy New Year! Here at the IPC, we are excited to start 2018 off with new legislation.  Amendments to The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) and The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (LA FOIP) came into effect on January 1, 2018.  It is like Christmas morning... read more

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August 11, 2017 - Sharon Young, Analyst

LA FOIP, Municipalities and Cities

Access to information under LA FOIP One of the purposes of The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (LA FOIP) is to ensure that local authorities are transparent and accountable to the public. One way of facilitating transparency and accountability is to provide individuals with the right to access records in... read more

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