NORTHWEST TERRITORIESINFORMATION AND PRIVACY COMMISSIONER
Review Recommendation 04-41
File: 04-175-4August 24, 2004
On April 20
, 2004, I received a request from the Applicant to review a decision of theDepartment of Justice not to disclose certain records requested by him. The Requestfor Information relates to a report commissioned by the Department of Justice withrespect to personnel and hiring matters at the South Mackenzie Correctional Centre andthe Dene K’onia Youth Facility which was completed in December 2001. It wasprepared at the request of the Minister of Justice by an independent contractor,Shannon Gullberg, after allegations of improprieties in the hiring practices at theCorrectional Centres between 1999 and 2001. For ease of reference, the report will bereferred to in these recommendations as the “Gullberg Report”.The Applicant’s Request for Information suggests that the request is for his ownpersonal information contained in the Gullberg Report. It appears to me, however, thatwhat the Applicant is really after is a copy of the full report and not just references tohim.The Applicant was provided with some documentation, including copies of somedocuments which were attached to the report as Appendices, where the Applicant wasreferred to by name. Some other third parties names were severed from thosedocuments, but the Applicant has not asked me to review the severing of thatinformation. However, the Applicant was denied access to the whole of the GullbergReport proper. The Applicant was advised of this refusal by letter dated March 18
ofthis year. It is this refusal to disclose which the Applicant has asked me to review.The public body was asked to provide me with a copy of all responsive documents, aswell as a detailed explanation as to why they decided not to release the information inquestion. Their response was shared with the Applicant, and the Applicant respondedto the submissions received.
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