Privacy concerns about Quebec’s medical e-record scheme

The computerization of Montreal’s three million medical records will start this spring, while the transition to e-records is slated to be over by 2015, some are warning about privacy and language concerns.

(picture CTV)

CTV – Despite the concerns, having timely access to facts and figures is the key to efficient healthcare says Benjamin Burko, a physician who is embracing the new e-record scheme.

“Comprehensive information is the best way I have to take care of my patients, so philosophically I think it’s an excellent idea,” said Burko, a paediatrician in Dollard-des-Ormeaux. Continue reading

Federal government may have violated privacy of new citizens

Phone blitz to get people to attend photo op used private information for non authorized use

Citizens were phone solicited to attend Sun Media

The scandal around Minister Jason Kenny having Immigration Canada staff pose as new Canadians for a promotional “news” video got a little deeper today.

The Globe and Mail reported that Immigration staff were told by the Ministers office to find new Canadians to attend the staged ceremony.  Continue reading

Edmonton Journal welcomes new privacy commissioner

Let privacy commissioner be successful

Jill Clayton (Larry Wong,

Edmonton Journal– If Jill Clayton is as optimistic on her way out of the privacy commissioner’s chair as she was settling into it on Wednesday, there will have been serious changes made in the way Alberta’s government shares information with the public.

Because Clayton’s predecessor Frank Work was discouraged enough by the Ed Stelmach government’s penchant for secrecy, stonewalling and evasion that he blasted the Tories more than once as he left that office last year.  Continue reading