On September 22, 1989, a request was received by the Ministry of Health (the "institution") under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 1987, as amended (the "Act"). The requester sought access to:
Any and all information about me including all evaluations done by co-workers and management at [the requester's work location]. All information about me in corporate files.
On October 24, 1989, the institution's Freedom of Information and Privacy Co-ordinator (the "Co-ordinator") wrote to the requester and advised that:
In response to your request for access to all information about yourself held by the [the requester's work location], I am pleased to inform you that disclosure has been granted under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 1987.
A copy of the record is enclosed.
Some of the material requested has been severed from the record under the authority of one of the exemptions from disclosure provided for in the Act. Where material has been severed the legal authority is noted in the margin next to the information removed.
The exemptions used are: Section 13, disclosure would reveal advice or recommendations of a public servant: 21(1), 21(3)(a), personal information: and, 49(c), evaluative or opinion material compiled solely for the purpose of determining suitability/qualifications for employment.
By letter dated November 9, 1989, the requester appealed the decision of the head pursuant to subsection 50(1) of the Act. This subsection gives a person who has made a request for access to a record under subsection 24(1) or a request for access to personal information under subsection 48(1) a right to appeal any decision of a head of an institution under the Act to the Commissioner.
The Appeals Officer assigned to this matter obtained and examined the 49 records at issue in this appeal.