RE: Withholding of 4-pages of Records entitled: ‘’The Local State of Emergency-Mandatory Evacuation Order Police Officer Authorities’’ written by Peter Mackenzie citing solicitor-client privilege and other responsive records identified in OPIC Review File: 006614 – Alberta Justice & Solicitor General File: 2017-G-0570 – My File: 018. This Request for Inquiry respectfully submitted to the Alberta Information Commissioner by Dennis R. Young – December 31, 2018
What information in this document is of such primary importance that it must remain a state secret after five and a half years? Is it really more important than rebuilding trust in the RCMP among High River residents? Yet another Freedom of Information Request to Alberta Justice and Solicitor General – December 26, 2018
OFFICE OF THE ALBERTA INFORMATION COMMISSIONER RULES HIGH RIVER ‘LEGAL AUTHORITIES PAPER’ TO REMAIN SECRET
EXCERPT: “I find the Public Body properly applied section 27(1)(a) of the Act to the records at issue. The Public Body has met the test in this case for solicitor client privilege.” FINDINGS AND ANALYSIS – Office of the Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner dated December 5, 2018 – Received December 10, 2018. Results of Request for Review dated August 29, 2017 by Dennis R. Young of a Decision to Withhold High River Records by the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General FOIP File: 2017-G-0570
INFORMATION COMMISSIONER DEFENDS RCMP DECISION TO KEEP HIGH RIVER ‘RIGHTS VIOLATION PAPER’ A SECRET
EXCERPT FROM ATTACHED REPORT: “Our investigation determined that the information now withheld under paragraph 13(1)(c) was received from the government of Alberta, and was intended to be confidential. Our investigation also determined that neither of the exceptions described in subsection 13(2) are applicable: the provincial government that provided this information does not consent to its disclosure, nor has it made that information public.”
Letter with results of investigation of my complaints dated November 23, 2018 – Received on November 27, 2018. NOTE: Section 41 Review by the Federal Court is the only remaining option.
Letter to Conservative Party Leader Andrew Sheer, November 2, 2018. Waiting for more than a year for response from Official Opposition Shadow Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Pierre Paul-Hus.
June 25, 2013: Alberta Justice Minister Jonathan Denis asked: ‘What legal authority do the police rely upon to forcibly enter private property in the flood stricken area?’ Why wasn’t this Crown Counsel paper mentioned in the RCMP Complaint Commission’s High River Report in 2015? Complaint to Information Commissioner – October 29, 2018
Answer to Alberta Justice Minister Jonathan Denis’ question to his Deputy Ministers: “What legal authority do the police rely upon to forcibly enter private property in the flood stricken area?” Alberta Crown Counsel Paper: ‘’The Local State of Emergency-Mandatory Evacuation Order Police Officer Authorities’’ – Withheld by both Alberta Justice and the RCMP.
United Nations response dated October 11, 2018 – Reasons 1 and 6 given for Ruling:
- Your communication does not address consistent patterns of gross and reliably attested violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
- Domestic judicial/administrative remedies do not appear to have been exhausted, and it has not been substantiated that the application of domestic remedies would be unreasonably prolonged or that remedies would be otherwise ineffective.
‘LEGAL AUTHORITIES PAPER’ USED IN HIGH RIVER FORCED ENTRIES? FOUR YEARS OF RCMP STONEWALLING – August 19, 2014 Crown Counsel paper requested . May 13, 2015 Request denied. April 12, 2017 Request denied. October 18, 2018 Request denied. By Dennis R. Young – October 19, 2018
EXCERPT: “We use as little force as is necessary to gain entry and once the residences are checked, we secure them again when we leave.” June 25, 2013 e-mail from RCMP Asst. Commissioner Marianne Ryan to Alberta Deputy Solicitor General Bill Sweeney – PDF Page 193 https://dennisryoung.ca/2018/04/13/rcmp-door-kicking-spree-high-river-cost-taxpayers-2-45-million/
The ‘Occurrence Details’ reports provided were completely useless for informing the public about the extent or amount of the damages caused by the RCMP door-kicking spree in High River. Complete trust in the RCMP to protect homes and private property when responding to declared emergencies cannot be restored until and unless the whole truth is made public about what happened in High River in 2013. Complaint to Information Commissioner – June 29, 2018