This appeal was received pursuant to subsection 50(1) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 1987 (the "Act") which gives a person who has made a request for access to personal information under subsection 48(1) a right to appeal any decision of a head under the Act to the Information and Privacy Commissioner.
The facts of this case and procedures employed in making this Order are as follows:
1. On October 22, 1988, the requester wrote to the Ministry of Financial Institutions (the "institution") to request access to "All information gathered in 1988 by the Ontario Securities Commission, or anyone acting on its behalf, which directly or indirectly pertains to me or my family."
2. Upon receipt of the request, the institution's Freedom of Information and Privacy Co-ordinator (the "Co-ordinator") wrote to the requester to advise that "a time extension of 46 days... is required to process your request. This extension is necessary because of the large number of records that must be searched through, and the consultations that are needed, to complete your request." The requester did not appeal this time extension.
3. Subsequent to a telephone conversation in which the requester clarified his request, the Co-ordinator wrote to the requester on February 6, 1989 and advised that "we are continuing to review the other personal information records relevant to your request, and hope to have an answer for you on this no later than February 24, 1989."
4. During the months of March and April of 1989, the requester was involved in grievance proceedings with the Ontario Securities Commission (the "O.S.C."). Apparently, the requester's employment with the Commission was terminated following an investigation by the Commission. It is this investigation that generated the records at issue in this appeal.