Ombudsman in the News

 
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The long arm of the provincial ombudsman is growing longer — Andre Marin’s office will soon have power to probe Ontarians’ complaints about how their cities and schools handle themselves. And a special patient advocate will oversee complaints about hospitals and long-term care facilities.
07/09/2014
 
Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin supports the reintroduction of the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, but stopped short of calling the proposed legislation a home run during a news conference July 9
07/09/2014
 
Ontario Ombudsman André Marin, never one to mince his words, says people under the care of Ontario’s hospitals feel they’ve been lied to. “The most vulnerable people are in hospitals and long-term care centres; these people wanted a Cadillac, and they’ve been given a Chevette,” Marin said in French during a news conference Wednesday.
07/09/2014
 
The Ontario Liberals are bringing back the bill meant to demonstrate that they’d learned from the mistakes and misdeeds of Dalton McGuinty’s administration. The Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act died with the election but its provisions were central to Kathleen Wynne’s argument for why she deserved to keep power. Treasury Board President Deb Matthews reintroduced it Tuesday.
07/08/2014
 
The “extreme cruelty” staff at the Ottawa jail showed an inmate with a broken leg is a sign that the province’s detention centres still have a problem, Ontario’s ombudsman said Monday.
06/23/2014
 
Advocates for prisoners say the “horrific conditions” in jails such as Ottawa’s are the result of overcrowding caused by a broken bail system that desperately needs changes. “I think we really need to look at a major overhaul of the remand system in Canada and in Ontario,” said Catherine Latimer, executive director of the John Howard Society.
06/23/2014
 
Complaints about wacky bills from Hydro One keep rolling in at the rate of 10 a day from customers — sometimes more in a “surge,” Ontario ombudsman André Marin said after delivering his annual report Monday. “We may have staunched the bleeding, but the patient is still critical,” added Marin.
06/23/2014
 
TORONTO - You can put lipstick on a slippery pig, but it’s still one greasy piece of pork. That’s the message we got from Andre Marin, the province’s crusading ombudsman as he released his annual report Monday.
06/23/2014
 
Ontario’s government needs to improve how it keeps tabs on potentially dangerous drivers with uncontrolled hypoglycemia, the province’s ombudsman says.
04/30/2014
 
Ombudsman André Marin says it’s “high time” the province started educating motorists about the dangers of driving with serious medical conditions.
04/30/2014
 
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