Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner sending team to Niagara Region as an educational initiative

    ST. CATHARINES, ON, Nov. 7 /CNW/ - Health professionals in the Niagara
Region are being invited to a special seminar Thursday in St. Catharines on
Ontario's new health privacy law, the Personal Health Information Protection
    This is one of the key seminars a small team from the office of Ontario's
Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) is holding as part of its Niagara
Region Educational Initiative, Thursday and Friday. Several times a year, the
IPC sends a team to different regions of Ontario to conduct seminars and hold
meetings with various local organizations, and to answer questions from the
public about individuals' access and privacy rights.

    The four-person team visiting Niagara Region will split up and conduct a
number of sessions and briefings, including:

    -   the seminar on the new Personal Health Information Protection Act
        (PHIPA), to which health care practitioners and other health
        information custodians are invited. It is being held in the
        Mills Room at the St. Catharines Public Library, 54 Church St., from
        3:30 to 5 p.m., Thursday;

    -   a seminar on the provincial and municipal Freedom of Information and
        Protection of Privacy Acts, to which freedom of information and
        privacy co-ordinators from area municipalities, school boards,
        libraries, health units, police forces and other government
        institutions are invited (1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, same location as
        the PHIPA seminar);

    -   a presentation to journalism students at Niagara College in Welland,

    -   a public information table at St. Catharines General Hospital,
        142 Queenston St., from 10 to noon, Friday, where IPC staff will hand
        out IPC publications on the new health privacy law and Ontario's two
        Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Acts and answer
        questions from the public; and

    -   in a webcast from St. Catharines General Hospital, two IPC staff will
        answer questions from hospitals across Niagara regarding the Personal
        Health Information Protection Act, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Friday.

    Members of the IPC team will also be meeting with area media to discuss
access and privacy issues.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact, Bob Spence, (416) 326-3939, Cell
phone: (416) 873-9746, e-mail: bob.spence@ipc.on.ca

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