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McGill motion to block student journos from making ATI request

McGill motion to block student journos from making ATI request

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Published by David Akin
McGill University is asking for a court order that would allow it to disregard Access to Information requests from named student journalists.
McGill University is asking for a court order that would allow it to disregard Access to Information requests from named student journalists.

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Published by: David Akin on Jan 22, 2013
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The petitioner
1.The petitioner, The Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning -McGillUniversity (“McGill”) is a university institution mentioned at paragraph (2) of section 1of the
 Act respecting Educational institutions at the university level
, R.S.Q. c. E-14.1,and as such is a public body for the purposes ofthe
 Act respecting Access to documentsheld by public bodies and the protection of personal information
, R.S.Q. c. A-2.1(“
 Access to information Act
”);
Thecontext
2.On or about October 12, 2012, seven monthsafter the shutdown of the anonymouswebsite mcgillleaks.wordpress.com, the respondent Christopher Bangs launched a freewebsite compiling various documents and information about McGill, the whole as itappears from an excerpt of the website mcgillileaked.wordpress.com(“McGilliLeaked”)that is meant to encourage people to submit access to information requests to thepetitioner (
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);3.The majorityof the documents and information published on McGilliLeaked wereobtained by students and student journalists of The McGill Daily and The Link(ConcordiaUniversity),including by the respondent Christopher Bangs,who for a littlemore than a year have submitted numerousaccess toinformation requests under the
 Access to information Act
, the whole as it appears from various articles published inThe McGill Daily, The Concordian and La Presse (
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);4.On February 15, March 1, March 6, July 27,and August 1, 2012, McGill submittedto theCommission d’accès à l’information motions to be authorized to disregard requestsbecause theywereimproper by reasonof their number and their repetitious andsystematic nature andbecause theirprocessing would seriously interfere with theactivitiesof the university, the whole as it appears from the motions dated February15, March 1, March 6, July 27and August 1, 2012(
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);5.Starting onorabout October 5, 2012, the respondents submitted a new wave of accessto information requests pertaining to extremely wide matterssuch as allmilitary andfossil fuels research conducted by McGill, all documents related to the Plan Nord,allmemoranda of understanding and agreement between McGill and any organization orcorporation or external foundation, etc.,the whole as it appears from a pressreleasedated November 13, 2012,and signed by the respondents Christopher Bangs and MonaLuxion(
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The access to information requests
6.On October 5, 2012, the respondent Kevin Paul submitted a request to obtain a copy of the following documents and information:
“All Memoranda of Understanding and Memoranda of Agreementbetween McGill University, one of its faculties or departments, oneof its centers, or any entity under the authority thereof; and any

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