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Morgan May Send Dickson, Saskatoon to Mediator

INFORMATION ACCESS

January 20, 2012

An ongoing struggle over freedom of information (FOI) requests has Saskatchewan Minister of Justice Don Morgan saying that if Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson and the city of Saskatoon can't resolve their issues, he will bring in an independent mediator. The Star Phoenix reports that Dickson has published critical reports about the city's denial of FOI requests that have been appealed to his office dating back to 2004, while the city says it complies with the "spirit and intent" of the FOI Act. Morgan says he has no intention of overruling Dickson, but the conversation may include ways to make the appeals process more efficient.
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