Close to home?

Last year, we reported the health services ministry had told the auditor general its home and community care strategic document wouldn't be ready until March 2009. So it seems somewhat curious the government, in response to a freedom of information request received by the ministry on November 3, 2008, has declined to provide a copy because the "information will be released within 60 days" of that receipt date. After all, that means the Campbell administration should be making that information - which will "guide the HCC program over the next decade" - available to British Columbians by next Thursday. The following is a complete copy of the response to that request, which was filed by the British Columbia Government and Service Employees

December 15, 2008

Reference No. 292-30/HSE-08-167

Leah Squance
BC Government and Service Employees Union
911 Canada Way
Burnaby BC V5G 3W3

Dear Leah Squance:

Re: Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
Request to access Records

I am writing with regard to your request for access to information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act), received on November 3, 2008 for:

"1. The original Request for Proposal or contract tender regarding the Home and Community Care Strategic Document, which resulted in the contract between Deloitte and Touche and Ministry of Health Services.
2. The contract 2008-676 between the Ministry of Health Services and Deloitte and Touche LLP.
3. The Home and Community Care Strategic Document as specified by the original contract 2008-676 (prior to the October 6 Notice of Intent extending the contract).

Please note that no records exist with the Ministry of Health Services that would be responsive to your request number 1.

Enclosed please find the records responsive to your request number 2. Some information has been severed under section 21(1)(a)(ii) of the Act.

I regret to inform you that the Ministry of Health Services is unable to provide access to the records responsive to your request number 3. This information is excepted from disclosure under section 20(1)(b) of the Act. Information will be published or released within 60 days.

Copies of the relevant sections are enclosed for your reference.

Under section 52 of the Act, you may submit a complaint to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) regarding Ministry's decision. You have 30 days from receipt of this notice to write to the OIPC. The procedure is outlined on the enclosed page.

If you have any questions regarding this letter, please contact Neva Borg, Information, Privacy and Litigation Officer, in writing or by telephone.

Sincerely,

Deb McGinnis, Director
Corporate Information Privacy and Records Branch

Enclosures


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