Questionable behaviour has spurred calls for province to demand more accountability from municipal governments, but some cities are pushing back against the move.
“What could be more pressing, more urgent, than protecting children?”
That’s the question Ontario Ombudsman André Marin asked with the release last week of his highly anticipated report Careless About Child Care, which investigates unlicensed daycare in the province.
If there’s one lesson to be learned from Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin’s report into unlicensed daycare centres released last week, it’s this.
In a scathing 142-page report, Ontario’s ombudsman decried the “systematic government ineptitude” in oversight of unlicensed home daycares in the wake of the deaths of four children in the GTA over seven months in 2013-14.
Ontario was stunningly lax in its responsibility to provide oversight to unlicensed daycare, ombudsman Andre Marin says.
After a record 3,400 complaints about municipalities, universities, school boards and hospitals (MUSH), Ombudsman Andre Marin wants to shine a light on the sector.
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.
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
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.
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.