A request was submitted to the Director of the Conservation Authorities and Water Management Branch of the Ministry of Natural Resources (the "institution") under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 1987, as amended (the "Act") for access to:
...some of the records dealing with previous decisions of the Mines and Lands Commission.
The requester subsequently clarified his request with the institution and included the records of the office of the M&L Commissioner (the "M&L Commissioner") which he believed to be a department within the institution.
By letter dated February 28, 1989, the institution's Freedom of Information and Privacy Co-ordinator informed the requester that access would not be provided since the office of the M&L Commissioner was not covered by the Act.
The institution provided the requester with a further response in which it asked for clarification of his request and provided him with information about fees.
The requester appealed the institution's response to his request and notice of the appeal was sent to the appellant and the institution.