On September 20, 1993, the undersigned was appointed Inquiry Officer and received a delegation of the power and duty to conduct inquiries and make orders under the provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
The Ministry of Natural Resources (the Ministry) received a request under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act) for the following information:
(1) a copy of a wetland assessment report prepared for the Ministry by a named consultant and;
(2) a complete list of ANSI (Areas of Natural and Scientific Interest) landowners in Grey and Bruce counties outlining those who have been contacted regarding the ANSI designation and those who were not contacted regarding the ANSI designation of their property.
The Ministry provided the requester with access to records responsive to Item 1 of his request but denied access to the record responsive to Item 2 pursuant to section 21 of the Act. The requester appealed the decision to deny access.
During mediation, the appellant withdrew his request for information relating to whether ANSI landowners had been notified by the Ministry. The Ministry then agreed to provide the appellant with access to the list compiled by the Ministry of "provincially significant ANSI properties", with the names and addresses of all owners who are natural persons deleted. The record at issue, therefore, is the list compiled by the Ministry which includes the names and addresses of all ANSI landowners in Grey and Bruce Counties who are natural persons.
Mediation was not successful and notice that an inquiry was being conducted to review the Ministry's decision was sent to the Ministry and the appellant. Representations were received from both parties.