The Information and Privacy Commissioner and the Public Interest Commissioner have opened a joint investigation into the alleged improper destruction of records by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) based on information received by the offices.
Under section 53(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act(FOIP Act), the Information and Privacy Commissioner has the authority to ensure compliance with rules relating to the destruction of records.
Under section 18 of the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act(PIDA), the Public Interest Commissioner has the authority to investigate a disclosure of wrongdoing.
The investigation will examine whether:
The investigation may be expanded to include other government departments, if necessary.
Upon conclusion of the investigation, an investigation report with findings and recommendations will be made public.
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