Wednesday, April 04, 2007
B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Act is clear: Public Interest Paramount!
One of TLR readers, Gary, has posted this information. He first asks ...
Does this help?
British Columbia Freedom of Information and Privacy Act
Division 4 - Public Interest Paramount.
Information must be disclosed if in the public interest.
25(1)whether or not a request for access is made, the head of a public body must, without delay, disclose to the public, to an affected group of people, or to an applicant, information,
(a) about a risk of significant harm to the environment, or to the health or safety of the public, or any group of people, or
(b) the disclosure of which is, for any other reason,clearly in the public interest.
(2) Subsection (1) applies despite any other provision of this act.
(3) Before disclosing information under subsection (1) the head of a public body must, if practicable notify,
(a)any third party to whom the information relates, and
(b) the commissioner
(4)If it is not practicable to comply with subsection (3) the head of the public body must mail a notice of disclosure in the prescribed form
(a)to the last known address of the third party
(b)to the commissioner
Madam Justice Bennett said in her court that the public interest is paramount.
Posted on April 3, 2007 8:15 PM
Gary asks: "Does this help?" Wow, yes - it helps. The law couldn't be more clear. Thank you, thank you to Gary and to all those care deeply about the B.C. Rail issue. And Gary, it was like you knew 3 April is my birthday. Thanks again! Next wouldn't it be great to know what notifications the Privacy Commissioner has received about the B.C. Rail trial? - BC Mary.]
Too bad the Basi Basi Verk no show dance, doesn't upset you too much, even though it is a bit of a bummer. dl
So great to get some good news. Kudos to Gary.
How does one find out what the Privacy Commish has received?
And the next hearing is the 10th not the 12th?