For those interested, here’s a copy of the nice letter we received notifying us that our Freedom of Information request was going to the official “Inquiry” stage, and giving us the timeline when all of this would take place.
Note that the official ‘Notice of Inquiry‘ would be sent out on April 27, 2010, with initial submissions to be sent out on May 18, 2010.
The dates are important because on on April 27, 2010, the date when the “Notice of Inquiry” was to be sent out, and a year since our initial request for records, we were notified that there would be an inquiry to see if there should be an inquiry, and that there was 5, count em, 5 days to present our arguments!
The hospitals, and the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner, made the demand, literally, at the last minute.
Now, seeing that the Public Bodies involved, namely the Hospitals, and the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner, all have budgets and staff that allow them to answer pesky and bothersome requests from the general public, it was a stretch to try to present arguments in this inquiry to see if there would be an inquiry.
We did our best. But, for the record, we felt it was important that you know how government officials bog the democratic process down, ignore their own rules, or even change those rules mid-stream.
All, we assume, in the interest of continuing on the culture of censorship.
So much for democracy!