This order represents my final order in respect of the outstanding issues from Interim Order P-1620.
The Ministry of the Attorney General (the Ministry) and the Ontario Native Affairs Secretariat (ONAS) received a request for access to specified records relating to meetings of the Interministerial Committee for Aboriginal Emergencies and meetings of the Core Working Group from September 3, 1995 to October 1, 1995 inclusive. The Ministry represented both itself and ONAS throughout the request and appeal stages of this matter. The Ministry located several pages of records and granted access in full to some and denied access in whole or in part to others. The requester appealed the denial of access. An inquiry was conducted, representations were received from the Ministry only, and I issued Interim Order P-1620. All issues with the exception of the litigation privilege portion of section 19 of the Act and personal information issues regarding pages 50 and 51 were disposed of in Interim Order P-1620.
As far as litigation privilege was concerned, I stated in Interim Order P-1620:
Having reviewed the records, in my view, the issue of whether litigation privilege which may have been enjoyed by the Crown has been lost through the absence of reasonably contemplated litigation or the termination of litigation is relevant with respect to certain records at issue in this appeal. I have decided that the parties should be given the opportunity to provide representations on this issue before I make my determination on these records, and a Supplementary Notice of Inquiry will be sent to the parties coincidental with the issuance of this order....