Media Advisory - Information and Privacy Commissioner Marks Right to Know Week in Sault Ste. Marie

TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2015 /CNW/ - Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner, Brian Beamish, will be speaking about the benefits of Open Government at the Sault Area Hospital just ahead of Right to Know Week. The Commissioner's presentation will highlight the ongoing evolution to more transparent and accountable government in all parts of the province. He will also address the important issues surrounding health privacy. Sault Ste. Marie MPP and Minister of Government and Consumer Services the Hon David Orazietti, and Vice Chair, Sault Area Hospital Board of Directors, Reg St-Amour will also offer remarks. 

The main presentation will be followed by two panel sessions with senior IPC staff:

  • Protecting personal health information in an electronic environment with Manuela Di Re, Director of Legal Services and Debra Grant, Director of Health Policy
  • Working towards a more transparent and accountable government with Assistant Commissioners David Goodis and Sherry Liang

The event is free of charge and both the public and those in the public sector are encouraged to attend. The event will also be available via webcast.   Celebrated in more than 40 countries around the world, Right to Know Week's purpose is to raise awareness of an individual's right to access government-held information.


Date & Time:   

Friday, September 25, 2015

Registration:  9:00 to 9:15 a.m.

Main Presentation: 9:15 to 10:00 a.m.

Panels: 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.  

Main Presentation


Brian Beamish, Commissioner

Hon David Orazietti, Minister of Government and Consumer Services

Reg St-Amour, Vice Chair, Sault Area Hospital Board of Directors


Sault Area Hospital, Auditorium  

750 Great Northern Road


About the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
The Information and Privacy Commissioner is appointed by and reports to the Ontario Legislative Assembly, and is independent of the government of the day. The Commissioner's mandate includes overseeing the access and privacy provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, as well as the Personal Health Information Protection Act, which applies to both public and private sector health information custodians. A vital component of the Commissioner's mandate is to help educate the public about access and privacy issues.

SOURCE Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario

For further information: or to request an interview, please email the contact below. Media contact: Trell Huether, Senior Communications Advisor; Media Line: 416-326-3965, Cell: 416-873-9746,


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