Discarded smoking materials are the likely cause of the fire that destroyed this Levere Road hunting camp building in South Dundas. South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services attend the scene to extinguish the blaze around 2 p.m. November 28.
In what circumstances does freedom of information trump the right to privacy?
On April 4th, a decision was made by adjudicator Laurel Cropley, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, ordering the Township of South Dundas to release relevant information in a local case involving a cat and a dog.
According to the details laid out in the order, “the appellant is seeking legal redress for the loss of (and any expenses pertaining to injuries sustained by) the cat as a result of an altercation with a dog.”
“The appellant believes that the affected parties own the dog in question and seeks confirmation of that fact in order to proceed with her claim.”
“The facts and liability relating to this matter are for the court to determine; however, in the circumstances, I find that the information the appellant seeks is relevant to a fair determination of her rights, and that this factor is sufficient to outweigh any privacy interests the affected parties have in the information at issue.”
Cropley pointed out that “the information contained in the records simply records the licensing information pertaining to dogs in the care of the affected parties.”
“There is no evidence before me that this information was provided in confidence, nor is it highly sensitive.”
“I am not persuaded that disclosure of the records would expose the affected parties to any ‘harm’ or ‘damage to their reputation’. In the event that the appellant takes legal action against them, any resultant ‘harm’ or ‘damage’ would not be unfair in the circumstances.”
The order by Cropley states: “I order the township to disclose the records at issue to the appellant, by providing her with a severed copy (containing only the information she seeks) by May 11, 2012 but not before May 7, 2012.”
Information about the order can be found on the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Ontario’s website at www.ipc.on.ca under “decisions and resolutions.”
Funds from the John Stewart Estate Memorial Trust were delivered to Dundas County recipients Friday at the Dundas County Food Bank’s Winchester location.
The Dundas County Food Bank received $1,200. Meals on Wheels, which serves Morrisburg and Iroquois, and the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors Support Centre in Williamsburg each received $490 from the estate.
All were very grateful to receive the contributions in support of each of their programs.
“The board looks most at need,” said Estella Rose, advisory board member. Contributions are made to other groups throughout the United Counties and the City of Cornwall. In total, $8,505.91 worth of grants were made through the program to 13 organizations. The grants ranged in size from $490 to $1,200.
The money for the annual grants is investment income derived from the sale in 1991 of the John Stewart Home, once located in Cornwall. The home was opened in 1930 as a modest facility to provide housing for poor and indigent persons.
To date, over $192,000 in income has been distributed to appropriate agencies. This is the 110th anniversary of John Stewart’s death.
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