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WATCH: Gas plant scandal pops up in privacy commissioner's annual report

One recommendation based on the document retention

The gas plant scandal is the motivation behind one of the four recommendations in the privacy commissioner's annual report.

Ann Cavoukian wants what she calls insufficient records retention to become a punishable offence, after she found that staff in the premier's office deleted emails related to the scandal.

As for punishment, she wouldn't say how far that should go. However, she muses when staff are involved the skies the limit, anywhere from a fine to suspension to even losing their job.

Cavoukian says the gas plant scandal - and then deletion of emails surrounding it - was almost personally offensive to taxpayers since it was their money being spent.  She wants retaining records to be part of a transparency mantra around the legislature.

She says stronger consequences for not keeping records would deter people from getting rid of them.

Aside from this recommendation, Cavoukian wants privacy laws updated, public access to municipal councillor records and more transparency after government contracts have been finalized.

After 17 years as privacy commissioner, this is Cavoukian's last report. She has accepted a job at Ryerson.

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  1. This Is What You Wanted posted on 06/17/2014 01:14 PM
    Do we even need to bother with punishment at this point? I mean, think about it. Wynne SAID she was sorry, and we've already given her and her party precisely ZERO reasons not to do anything like this again. I'm sure they've learned their lesson and will never waste a mind-boggling amount of taxpayer money for anything so useless again.
    1. dama posted on 06/17/2014 02:44 PM
      @This Is What You Wanted really ?/ learn their lesson and NEVER waste tons of tax payer's money again ?? I would be really surprised if you are correct..
  2. Walter posted on 06/17/2014 05:44 PM
    "Cavoukian says the gas plant scandal - and then deletion of emails surrounding it - was almost personally offensive to taxpayers since it was their money being spent."

    We just had an election on this and the taxpayers clearly say that this is not offensive in the least. The majority is proof that there should be no punishment for this type of crime.
    1. This Is What You Wanted posted on 06/17/2014 06:13 PM
      @Walter Exactly! We were dumb enough to re-elect these people after what they did. We effectively married our own rapists.
  3. This Is What You Wanted posted on 06/17/2014 08:25 PM
    All of Ontario voters are idiots and Tim Hudak didn't go far enough to sell his plan.
    He should have not said a word and just talked about the million jobs and after elected then he could have killed 200 thousand lazy public workers and no one could do a thing about it. Honesty has no part in politics.
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