Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
August 31, 2018

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner – Report A-2018-021 Released

The Information and Privacy Commissioner, Donovan Molloy, has released his Report A-2018-021 under authority of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015. A summary of the Report is included below.

To view the Report in its entirety, please go to www.oipc.nl.ca/reports/commissioner

Report:A-2018-021
Report Date:August 30, 2018
Public Body:Newfoundland and Labrador English School District
Summary: The Applicant requested from the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District a settlement agreement and correspondence related to a lawsuit arising from the cancellation of a school bus contract. The District refused disclosure of all of the records, citing common law settlement privilege, sections 28 (closed meetings of the board), 29 (advice and recommendations), 30 (solicitor-client privilege), 35 (prejudice to financial and economic interests of a public body) and 40 (unreasonable invasion of personal privacy). The Commissioner concluded that all of the records could be withheld pursuant to one or more of the enumerated exceptions in the Act. There was no need to decide whether common-law settlement privilege applied.

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