Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Freedom of Information in Ontario aborted

I recently asked for more abortion statistics from the Access, Privacy & Corporate Coordination, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Here is the response I received:
"I am replying to your request for access to information, received on April 5, 2012, under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act).

Please be advised that effective January 1, 2012, section 65 of the Act (Application of the Act) was amended to exclude records relating to the provision of abortion services. The effect of section 65 (5.7) of the Act is that individuals no longer have a right to make access requests under Part II of FIPPA to an institution for records in the custody or under the control of that institution relating to the provision of abortion services.

Please find attached copies of Section 65 (5.7) of the Act

Mr. Don Young, Assistant Deputy Minister, was responsible for this decision..."

What does this mean? It means that all abortion information in Ontario is now hidden. It is now secret.

The amendment to FIPPA was silently slipped in as part of Bill 122: An Act to increase the financial accountability of organizations in the broader public sector.

There has been nothing about this debated at Queen's Park. Nothing said about it during debate in the Ontario Legislature; nothing said about it at the committee hearings.

It all happened under the radar.

That's despotic secrecy just like Pierre Trudeau predicted.

Welcome to the world of Orwell.


  1. As sinister and sacndalous as this sounds, i wonder where the due diligence of the opposition was on this? How did it "slip" under the radar?

    We have been under an almost identical cone of silence in BC for more than 10 years. In that time there has been absolutely no movement from any government or even non-government agency to reverse this atrocity. The Civil libertarians and media sleuths simply refuse to look at it.

    thank goodness for Sun news jumping on board so quickly.

  2. Thank - you for being some one truly standing up for womans rights. Lets make this as public as we can! This is NOT OK!!!! All woman, Pro life and Pro choice should be mad about this! What if this was breast cancer and we were not allowed to know any statistics on the topic! CRAZYNESS