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Minutes and Freedom of Information: What you need to know

I just heard about a disgruntled parent who demanded to see the minutes of his son’s minor hockey association. It doesn’t matter what the man was looking for. But, under freedom of information legislation, the group had to turn them over.

The members were shocked. After all, they were just a volunteer group organized to help their kids play a game. Their meetings and minutes were hardly formal. But all minutes – formal and informal – are considered records that the public may have the right to access. If you refuse to turn them over, the requester may then appeal to whatever authority oversees freedom of information in your locale. This authority will make the final decision as to what must be revealed.

In some cases, the entire minutes may have to be released. In other instances, the head of your group may be able to remove certain words or sentences. However, the more you remove the less transparent your organization looks.

Jane Watson has just released a web-based course on minute taking that includes a section on privacy legislation.

Minute Taking Online Course

To sample a lecture from this web based training,
click on the image and connect to YouTube

Udemy-Minute Taking The online course costs just $149… but for a limited time, use the coupon code “otn” and get the course for only $129!

Click HERE to get this special offer now!

 

Jane Watson is also the author of The Minute Takers Handbook.

Minute Takers Handbook

4th Edition of The Minute Takers Handbook

Free Tip Sheet on Minute Taking at Meetings

Free Tip Sheet from the Web-Based workshop:

Minute Taking Online Course

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Minute Taking Tip Sheet

Free, Minute Taking Tip Sheet

Web Based Training – Taking Minutes at Meetings

Ontario Training now offers a web based courses through Udemy on Taking Minutes at Meetings:

Web based training by Jane Watson

Jane Watson has been involved in the meeting process — both as a minute taker and as a chair — for many years.

In fact, she has written one of the first books exclusively on minute taking — The Minute Takers Handbook — now in its 4th reprint. Since then she has taught minute taking to all sorts of groups. And Jane has learned even more techniques to help you.

Whether you are taking minutes for boards, committees, weekly meetings, volunteer groups or your condo association, this workshop will  make you more confident and enable you to produce professional minutes.

Participants will learn how to write effective minutes quickly, how privacy legislation impacts minutes, and how to improve their listening skills. The course includes templates, exercises and quizzes.
Once you sign-up for the course you will have unlimited access, including any updates I make to it in the future!

Minute Taking at Meetings

Whether you are taking minutes for boards, committees, weekly meetings, volunteer groups or your condo association, this three-hour workshop will make you more confident and enable you to produce professional minutes.

If you prefer the conventional classroom lead instruction, OntarioTraining.net offers both a half-day and a full-day of training on Minute Taking.

Minute Taking and Privacy Legislation – FIPPA & MFIPPA

Minute Taking & Listening Skills

Minute Taking: Take Minutes, Not Hours (half-day workshop)