The Ministry of Health (the ministry) received a request under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, (the Act) for a copy of:
... all Internally & Externally generated memos, notes, correspondence, Invoices, cheques, fee estimates regarding the Law Firm of:
[a named law firm]
The type of records sought are to be of a financial basis, seeking payments, negotiating payments, payments and sending of payments, etc. including all expenditures by the Ministry & its agencies to the law firm.
Specifically, I am interested in records relating to the following 2 lawyers in the law firm:
[2 named lawyers]
The ministry denied access to the requested records pursuant to sections 17(1)(a), 21(1) and clause 6 of section 67(2) of the Act. The records and exemption claims were described by the ministry as follows:
Package "A" contains invoices provided by the law firm of [a named law firm] dealing with specific matters on behalf of staff members of the Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre. [Exemptions under sections 17(1)(a) and 21(1) were claimed for this record]
Package "B" contains invoices pertaining to court actions G2002, G2081 and G2082. Documentation with respect to these actions has been ordered sealed by the Court. As a result, these records have been denied in their entirety under clause 67(3)(6) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
The requester appealed the ministry's decision respecting the record identified as "Package B" only.