The Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations (the Ministry) received a request under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act) for access to a copy of a letter of complaint. The letter concerns a named Indian association and was sent to a named individual in the Investigations section of the Gaming Control Commission (the Commission). The requester represents the Indian association named in the record.
The Ministry identified a letter with a two-page attachment as the responsive record and denied access to it in its entirety. The requester appealed the denial of access.
The Ministry denied access to the record on the basis of the following exemptions contained in the Act:
law enforcement - sections 14(1)(a), (b), (d), (g) and (l) and section 14(2)(c)
endanger life or safety - section 14(1)(e)
invasion of privacy - section 21(1)
During mediation, the appellant indicated that he was not seeking access to the name and address of the complainant. Rather, he is seeking information about the allegations made against his client (the Indian association) as this is interfering with the association's ability to obtain a lottery license. Therefore, the name and address of the complainant are no longer at issue in this appeal.
A Notice of Inquiry was provided by this office to the appellant, the complainant and the Ministry. Representations were received from all parties.
The Commission is listed as a separate institution under the Act whose head is the Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations. The Ministry has acted on the Commission's behalf in the processing of the request and the appeal and in making submissions to this office.