Monday Medley: $250,000 later, LCBO finally obeys privacy ruling

The outside of an LCBO Store during the day in Toronto, Canada.
The outside of an LCBO Store during the day in Toronto, Canada. Stock photo from iStock/Getty Images

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario was raked over the coals by former Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian back in 2013 over collecting more information than they were supposed to from their wine club members.

It’s no surprise that in a bid to - what the LCBO claims was from stopping stores from stockpiling alcohol and reselling it - they required wine club customers to disclose personal information and the quantities of alcohol that were being bought.

The Vin de Garde wine club didn’t like having its members disclose all of this information and filed a complaint with the privacy commissioner back in 2012. They didn’t want their member’s alcohol consumption tracked, especially because buying alcohol in general LCBO stores doesn’t require customers to share their personal information.

The privacy commissioner agreed with Vin de Garde and found the LCBO violated the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

The LCBO defended itself by claiming that it had a problem with illegal stockpiling and reselling and gave evidence of 12 companies that had such violations against them. The problem was that none of them was a wine club, from whom they had collected this private information.

However, the privacy commissioner told the LCBO no dice, and in 2013 ordered the destruction of private information that the LCBO collected.

Not wanting to take this lying down, the LCBO fought the order for years, spending $269,845 in the battle.

After trying to get the case heard in court, and being rejected several times, the LCBO has now given up and is planning on complying with the 2013 order. Too bad it took a quarter of a million dollars to make them comply.

Committee for licensing paramedics in Alberta suspended over PTSD rulings

In a shocking move, the Alberta College of Paramedics suspended committee members who were responsible for issuing paramedic registrations.

Apparently, the committee wasn’t renewing paramedic licenses for paramedics who were being treated for mental illnesses.

This trend not to renew licenses for those paramedics who sought treatment raised grave concerns amongst paramedics. At an October 1 conference in Edmonton, emergency workers raised concerns about such rulings by the committee.

There is talk that the committee’s refusal to renew licenses concerns paramedics who suffer from PTSD.

The college is also launching a review into the renewal practices and the eight-member committee is suspended for a minimum of 60 days, and will create an interim committee.

The notice of suspension of committee members was distributed to registered Alberta paramedics last week.

Owner of Saskatchewan unlicensed pot shop makes bail

A Saskatchewan man, who set up an unlicensed marijuana dispensary to supply medical patients who don’t have access to certain products, has made bail after his arrest.

Mark Hauk’s shop was raided by police last week. After the raid, Hauk was charged with trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking marijuana.

Hauk claims that he has tried to set up meetings with the police and the city of Saskatoon in the past to talk about his operation, but that local police chief Clive Weighill postponed both meetings that were set up. He also claims he never made a secret of what he sells.

Hauk’s shop was illegal, but there are legal marijuana dispensaries throughout Canada, which are regulated by Health Canada.

The problem is those dispensaries have to follow stringent rules in order to be licensed and they can only sell limited marijuana products.

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