This is an appeal from a decision of the Ministry of the Solicitor General (the Ministry), made under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act). The requester (now the appellant) sought access to documentation which led to a verbal Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) order against him, directing him to stay away from a certain township. In its decision, the Ministry granted partial access to the records it identified as responsive to the request. In withholding portions of the records, the Ministry relied on sections 49(a) and (b) of the Act (discretion to deny requester's personal information), with reference to the exemptions found in section 14(1)(l) (facilitate commission of unlawful act or hamper control of crime), the factor in section 21(2)(f) (highly sensitive personal information) and the presumption in section 21(3)(b) (investigation into a possible violation of law). Further, the Ministry has withheld portions of the records it identified as containing information which is not relevant to the request.
The Ministry has submitted representations in response to a Notice of Inquiry which have, with the exception of certain portions withheld for confidentiality reasons, been shared with the appellant. The appellant has submitted representations in response to those of the Ministry.
Eleven pages of documents were located in response to the appellant's request. Pages 1 - 7 consist of an occurrence report and supplementary report, which appear to have been printed from a computer. These pages provide an account of a call to the OPP in the fall of 1999, and the subsequent contact between the OPP and the appellant. Included in the account are names and addresses of individuals interviewed by OPP officers, a description as to the action taken by the OPP, and summaries of the statements of various individuals.
Pages 8 - 11 consist of handwritten notes taken from the police notebook of the officer who filed the above occurrence reports. The notes also provide details as to the events leading up to the contact between the OPP and the appellant, the nature of that contact and its conclusion.
All of the pages contain portions which have been withheld by the Ministry on the basis of the application of section 49(b) of the Act, with reference to sections 21(2)(f) and 21(3)(b). Further, portions of pages 8, 9 and 10 have been withheld in reliance on section 49(a) of the Act, with reference to section 14(1)(l).
Pages 1, 8 and 11 of the records contain information which has been withheld and marked by the Ministry as "information not relevant to your request".