Deputy minister of schooling says staffing points brought about delay

Nunavut’s info and privateness commissioner, Graham Steele, says it could be time to rethink how the GN handles access-to-information requests after one sat, untouched, for seven months inside the Division of Training this yr. (File photograph)


David Lochead

Nunavut’s info commissioner says the Division of Training had no good motive to attend seven months to start out processing an entry to info request, and recommends the GN contemplate centralizing the way it processes requests like these, in order that they don’t “collect mud.”

“The division of schooling dropped the ball, badly,” Graham Steele acknowledged in a evaluation of a criticism submitted to his workplace on June 21.

In his evaluation, Steele says an individual requested information from the Division of Training in November 2021. Steele doesn’t describe the request, however stated there was nothing uncommon about it.

After following up with the division 4 instances over the subsequent seven months, the applicant, a CBC North journalist, nonetheless didn’t get a response. He filed a criticism to Steele on June 21.

The division had not began work on the particular person’s file, Steele acknowledged in his report.

Rebecca Hainnu, the deputy minister of schooling, responded to Steele on June 29, saying staffing capability was a difficulty on this case. She stated 5 folks cycled via as performing director of coverage between January 2021 to January 2022.

The subsequent day, a consultant with the division had reached out to the applicant to kind out a date for when the requested information might be anticipated to be launched.

The Division of Training didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

In his evaluation, Steele urged the territorial authorities give “severe consideration” to re-organizing the way in which departments course of entry to info requests, so responses are constant and dependable.

“Maybe the time has come to revisit the notion that every public physique is able to doing its personal ATIPP processing,” he acknowledged.

“The division can not go on like this. Or possibly it may possibly. That’s as much as the minister, the manager council, and the legislative meeting.”

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