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 Commissioner.
The facts of this case and the procedures employed in making this Order are as follows:
1. On March 21, 1988 the Ministry of Health (the "institution") received the following request from the appellant:
I and all the members of my family are officially requesting all the information that you have in your files that concerns, pertains and/or makes reference to me and any members of my entire family for the period commencing 1965 to present.
2. By letter dated May 17, 1988, the head granted access to some records and denied access, in whole or in part, to others. The head cited subsections 49(a), 12(1)(b), 13(1), 14(1)(a)(b)(c)(d)(g)(k), 19 and 49(b).
3. On June 15, 1988, the appellant wrote to me appealing the head's decision, and I gave notice of the appeal to the institution.
4. The records at issue were received and reviewed by an Appeals Officer from my staff. Efforts were made by the Appeals Officer to settle the issues through mediation. As a result of these efforts the institution released 27 additional records, some with severances, to the appellant.