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FOI, Gun Registry Up For Debate

INFORMATION ACCESS

October 28, 2011

Presenting arguments before the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court, lawyers attempted to determine what role the information and privacy commissioner has in cases involving access to information requests, The Telegram reports. The case revolves around a media request for a government official's e-mail over a five-day period. The judge said he needs time to decide the case. Meanwhile, British Columbia Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham says she's "deeply troubled" by a reported loophole that allows taxpayer-funded educational institutions the choice of whether to disclose the use of that money to the public. Denham has said the government should amend the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act to fix the problem. Additionally, Federal Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault says she will review proposed legislation that would destroy gun registry records.
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