Saturday, April 01, 2006

Ontario ruling may force province's police to list all grow-op houses

Bob Aaron, in the Toronto Star, writes about a recent decision from the Assistant Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario that may force the province's police forces to disclose lists of all houses that have been used for marijuana "Grow Ops" or chemical labs ( - Ruling may force police to list grow houses). In response to a request for this information from the media under Ontario's freedom of information law, the London police force refused on the basis that such a disclosure would interfere with law enforcement and would be an invasion of privacy. The Assistant Commissioner dismissed both those claims and concluded that the public interest was an over-riding concern. The decision, dated February 17, 2006 is here.

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