The cowards over at the Ontario Legislature must have slapped each other’s backs in glee.
They pulled a fast one on the people of Ontario. No one noticed…or maybe they did and didn’t care.
Patricia Maloney writes:
“The amendment to FIPPA was silently slipped in as part of Bill 122: An Act to increase the financial accountability of organizations in the broader public sector. There has been nothing about this debated at Queen’s Park. Nothing said about it during debate in the Ontario Legislature; nothing said about it at the committee hearings.”
Her analysis was written after receiving a response to a FOI request for abortion statistics in Ontario. They wrote:
“I am replying to your request for access to information, received on April 5, 2012, under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act).
Please be advised that effective January 1, 2012, section 65 of the Act (Application of the Act) was amended to exclude records relating to the provision of abortion services. The effect of section 65 (5.7) of the Act is that individuals no longer have a right to make access requests under Part II of FIPPA to an institution for records in the custody or under the control of that institution relating to the provision of abortion services.
Please find attached copies of Section 65 (5.7) of the Act
Mr. Don Young, Assistant Deputy Minister, was responsible for this decision…”
There will be more to this story as the days progress. Some of the media are just starting to take notice. And yes, what happens in Ontario WILL have a influence on what will be taking place in British Columbia.
Despotic secrecy is so unbecoming of Canadians.