Darce Fardy, a former journalist, will continue to oversee howthe provincial government protects the privacy of Nova Scotiansand handles requests for information. Mr. Fardy’s five-year term has been extended for another year,until Jan. 24, 2006. He was first appointed as review officerunder the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act in1995. “I’m pleased that Mr. Fardy has agreed to an extended term,” saidJustice Minister Michael Baker. “The courts have recognized ourlegislation as being among the most open, progressive informationand privacy laws in the country. Mr. Fardy will continue to helppeople benefit from those laws.” The review officer is an independent ombudsman appointed by theGovernor in Council for a term of five to seven years. The reviewofficer will accept appeals from people who are not satisfiedwith the response they received from a government department orother public body. Once a review has concluded, the review officer will produce areport which may make recommendations to the public body. Thepublic body must respond in writing. If the applicant or a thirdparty is not satisfied with the outcome of a review, an appealmay be made to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.