Tuesday, June 19, 2012

TESTING THE WATERS: POST BILL 29 ATIPPA REQUEST

With all of the sensationalism surrounding the recent amendments to the ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND
PROTECTION OF PRIVACY ACT, 
I thought it might be interesting to try a litmus test in the post Bill 29 era.

Chief Privacy Commissioner said yesterday that Bill does not stop the Access to the Information and Protection of Privacy Act from doing its job, which backs up what the government side was preaching throughout the recent filibuster.

 So P&P is going to make a request and keep you all informed of the process and the result. Let us see how private partisan decisions and appointments are.

First off,  The ATIPP request must be made in writing. I downloaded it here. It is recommended that you make contact with the public body responsible for the information you are requesting. Staff can help you determine what records exist that answer your question and how to best describe them in your application.

What I want to see, and share with you is the list of all government appointees to boards and agencies, the date of appointment, rate of pay  and expiry dates. I am tempted to ask for details about the screening process and criteria for applicants.


In addition, just to be fair, I will be making a request to the Liberal and NDP Leaders requesting a list of all contracts for professional services over the past two years. I am sure that in this spirit of accountability and transparency, they will just provide the information.

Okay, so lets try that step first. I called the Premier's office to ask whom I should contact to determine what public body I should address my request to. The friendly lady, Cathy, on the other side of the line was not sure, but offered to find out and respond to me. I waiting on the e-mail.

Once I know who to send the request to I will get a money order for $5 and attach it to my completed application and forward it to the public body that I am told  has the records. I am responsible for any additional fees for searching, retrieving and photocopying records.

I'll keep you posted.



* Bill 29 has not been given Royal Assent, yet!

3 comments:

Jay L said...

Bill 29 has not been proclaimed yet. Old rules still apply.

Wm. Murphy said...

Just watch the silence coming from the Bond Papers on this subject. Mr. Hollett is a huge fan of Mr. Ring and word has it that all things ATIPPA is now off limits on the worlds best blog...oh the hypocricy!

Peter L. Whittle said...

Thanks Jay! You are correct. Outside of interim supply nothing has been proclaimed. It will probably be done at one time when the LG is called in to prorogue the house.

That said, this is the type of request that will test the rules and should offer readers insight into the process.