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[Commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada]'s Directive 701 expressly recognizes that, even in circumstances justifying the withholding of some information under s. 27(3) of the [Corrections and Conditional Release Act, S.C. 1992, c. 20], it may be necessary to provide at least a “gist” of that information to the offender. A “gist” contemplates conveyance of the essence of the information to be considered by decision makers, and should provide sufficient detail to allow the offender to know the case against him or her. It must give as much of the information as possible, without disclosing information which can legitimately be withheld under the specified criteria for non-disclosure enumerated in s. 27(3).

Hassan v. Matsqui Institution | (WestlawNext Canada)

2012 CarswellBC 2441 at para. 30 |  (Westlaw Canada)

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