On February 22nd, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench issued a procedural order dealing with two judicial review applications about a request for e-mail communications between a University of Alberta faculty member and a selection committee of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
The university brought an application to quash a decision in which the OIPC found that the e-mails sought by the requester were under its custody or control. The Association of Academic Staff of the University of Alberta brought its own application, and also claimed it ought to have been given notice and standing by the OIPC. Over the university and OIPC’s objection, the Court earlier held the the association’s application could proceed based on this very significant procedural ground. On February 22nd the Court held that the two applications should be heard consecutively, with the association’s application proceeding first.