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Amendment Would Overturn Court Ruling

INFORMATION ACCESS

June 15, 2012

CBC News reports on proposed changes to Newfoundland and Labrador’s information access laws that would reverse a “Court of Appeal decision that gave the province's information and privacy commissioner access to government documents.” In November, the court overturned an earlier decision and allowed Information and Privacy Commissioner Ed Ring access to documents “a government body claimed only a lawyer and client should see,” the report states. The amendment to Bill 29 would rescind the commissioner’s right to review such documents. Ring said he is reluctant to comment “until the appropriate study and analytical work by my office is completed.”
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