72.8. Notwithstanding section 72.5, the director or the Commission, as the case may be, may, in addition, in order to prevent an act of violence, including a suicide, communicate confidential information without it being necessary to obtain the consent of the person or persons concerned or an order of the tribunal, where there are reasonable grounds to believe that there is a serious risk of death or serious bodily injury threatening a person or an identifiable group of persons and where the nature of the threat generates a sense of urgency.
The information may in that case be communicated to any person exposed to the danger or that person’s representative, and to any person who can come to that person’s aid.
The director or the Commission, as the case may be, may only communicate such information as is necessary to achieve the purposes for which the information is communicated.
The provisions of this section apply notwithstanding section 59.1 of the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information (chapter A-2.1).
The executive director of an institution operating a child and youth protection centre must, by a directive, determine the terms and conditions according to which the information may be communicated by the director, the director’s personnel and the persons authorized to act under section 33. Those persons are required to comply with the directive.
The president of the Commission exercises the same powers in respect of the members of the personnel of the body, who are required to comply with the directive of the president.
For the purposes of the first paragraph, “serious bodily injury” means any physical or psychological injury that is significantly detrimental to the physical integrity or the health or well-being of a person or an identifiable group of persons.
2001, c. 78, s. 12; 2017, c. 10, s. 3111.