The 2016-2017 Annotated Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Acts
ISBN/ISSN/Product Number: 978-0-7798-7328-9
Product Type: Book S.O. Annual/biannual/biennial
Anticip. Upkeep Cost: Annual volumes supplied on standing order subscription
Number of Pages: Approximately 580 pages
Number of Volumes: 1 volume bound
Binding: softcover
Publication Date: 2016-11-11
Publisher: Carswell
Price: $127.00

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The annotations in The 2016-2017 Annotated Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Acts are organized around the various sections of the provincial Act. Following the text of each section there is a general Commentary, a description of Related Provisions in the provincial Act and, under the heading Municipal Information and Privacy Act, a reference to the equivalent section of MFIPPA and a note of any differences it may exhibit, as well as a description of the related provisions of that Act. This edition includes, among others, the following highlighted Privacy Commissioner's orders:
  • Order PO-3617 (Re Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; June 1, 2016), The names of the top 100 billing doctors in Ontario, together with the amounts they billed to the government and the their specialties, does not constitute personal information.
  • Order PO-3467 (Re Ministry of Transportation; February 25, 2015) Given the various reasons for revocation of a driving instructor's licence, disclosing the fact of revocation alone does not reveal anything personal about a particular individual. Therefore, the names do not constitute personal information.
  • Order MO-3268 (Re Toronto Police Services Board; December 3, 2015) The police are not required to create a transcript of an audio recording of a 911 call.
  • Order MO-3281 (Re City of Oshawa; January 22, 2016) An email sent by a municipal councillor to an individual the city hired as an investigator contains, in effect, negotiations between the councillor and the investigator relating to the city's potential hiring of him. This relates directly to the city's mandate and functions and therefore, the city could reasonably be expected to receive a copy of the record upon request. The fact that the email was sent from a personal email account on a personal device does not alter this conclusion.
This edition includes the full text of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act as well as the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act amended to current to Ontario Gazette Vol. 149:32 (August 6, 2016).
About the Author
David Goodis is the Director of Legal Services and General Counsel with the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC)/Ontario. He represents the IPC in judicial review hearings before the Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal and provides legal advice to the Commissioner on a wide range of access and privacy matters. He has also served as the IPC's Manager of Adjudication and Senior Adjudicator, and in that role, managed a team of adjudicators and conducted inquiries and issued orders on access to information appeals. He has worked with the Ontario Conflict of Interest Commissioner's office, and the Privacy Commissioner's office in Sydney, Australia. He is the Past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association's Administrative Law Section and taught Public Law to bar admission students. He is a graduate of Western University's law school and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988.
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