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Recent Decisions

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

The Toronto District School Board (the board) received a request from a media requester under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for access to internal board communications pertaining to an assault incident concerning a specific student. The board granted access in part to the record ... Read More

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

The Town of Oakville (the town) received an access request for information related to the passing of a specified by-law. The town decided to grant access to some records but denied access to a number of records under sections 7(1) (advice or recommendations), and 12 (solicitor-client privilege). In this order, the adjudicator upholds the town’s deci ... Read More

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

The appellant sought access to letters of reference that were provided in support of her application to graduate school and to a specific course evaluation that she completed. The university relied on the discretionary exemption in section 49(c.1)(ii) (evaluative or opinion material) to withhold the reference letters and responded that it could not locate ... Read More

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

The appellant made a request under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act) to Cabinet Office for records related to reports issued by the Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Assets in 2014 and 2015. Cabinet Office denied access to the records, claiming the application of the mandatory exemptions in section 12(1) (Cabi ... Read More