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It will also be part of this Commissioner’s mission to urge government to provide the resources and opportunities to government institutions for continuous learning in what is the rapidly evolving field of ATIP administration. Here, too, it is important to walk the talk. To that end, this Commissioner has decided to make available to all other government institutions, and interested members of the public, his office’s manual used to train and guide investigators in understanding the exemptions contained in the Act and assessing whether or not they have been properly invoked by government institutions.
This manual is a compendium of the law pertaining to each of the Act’s exemptions and sets out strategies and questions to assist investigators in investigating complaints that exemptions were improperly invoked by government institutions. Even though the manual’s content does not bind the Information Commissioner as to how the Act will be applied in individual cases, and even though there is a risk that out-of-date content may be disseminated before the annual update is completed, this manual will assist ATIP administrators across government. It will assist them to be more knowledgeable of the law’s requirements and, hence, be better able to deliver the access to information program effectively. That is this Commissioner’s hope. (The manual is titled GRIDS and is available from the Information Commissioner’s website.)
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