Interim Review Officer Appointed


Government has appointed an acting Freedom of Information Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) review officer and privacy review officer, effective Sept. 1.

Carmen Stuart, director of investigations and mediation, has been appointed to the role. She is a long-time employee of the office and has acted in this role in the past.

“Government is committed to being open, accountable and transparent. This is an important oversight position and I’m pleased Ms. Stuart has agreed to take on this role as we continue our work to appoint a permanent review officer,” said Mark Furey, Minister of Justice. “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I want to thank Catherine Tully for her years of public service and wish her well in her future endeavours.”

Catherine Tully has held the position since September 2014 and is retiring.

Quick Facts:

  • Ms. Stuart has been director of investigations and mediation since 2007, managing the office’s operations and staff
  • the review officer has an independent oversight role and is appointed by cabinet for a term of five to seven years
  • Nova Scotia was the first province in Canada to enact a Freedom of Information Act in 1977
  • Nova Scotia’s access and privacy laws include all government departments and agencies, municipalities and municipal bodies, hospitals, health authorities, universities and colleges
  • the Privacy Review Officer Act came into force on Sept. 25, 2009. The privacy review officer is responsible for conducting reviews of privacy complaints regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by public bodies

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