#OCSB #ottnews . OCSTA Catholic Trustees and Avoidance of FOI Requests

2 Cor 4:2Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.


The OCSTA is a taxpayer funded organization. They really don’t like the information they send to Ontario catholic schools board to be available under Freedom of Information requests (MFIPPA). This applies particularly to the area of Exemptions from Religion courses/masses/retreats for both Catholic and non-Catholic students (as long the parents of public school tax supporters)

Here are some excerpts from the meeting minutes in 2014 (readily available yesterday on their website)

They went so far as to pay a lawyer to find out if they gave the Directors of Ed at all school boards OCSTA email accounts, whether theu would be ‘FOI-able’.

Legal Advice page 1Legal Advice page 2Legal Advice page 3Legal Advice page 4Send instructions to principals directlyAvoid FOI requestsLegal opinion on OCSTA guideline

Practices and Proceedures

Secondary Religious Exemption Procedures – November 2015.2  (they incorrectly say that Catholic children who went to Catholic elementary school are not eligible for exemption – see yesterday’s post)

Directors Meeting SEPT agenda

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