(TORONTO – June 11, 2013) Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today called on the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to crack the pervasive “code of silence” under which some guards in the province’s correctional institutions use excessive force against inmates and conspire to cover it up.
Ontario Ombudsman André Marin has been shortlisted as one of the nominees for Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada. Online voting for the Top 25 is open until June 3 and results will be announced in August.
TORONTO (March 19, 2013) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin announced today that he will not conduct an investigation into the province’s decision to end its Slots at Racetracks program.
(TORONTO, March 8, 2012) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today announced a formal investigation into complaints that members of London city council held an improper in camera meeting at a local restaurant on February 23. The Ombudsman’s office received 60 complaints that the gathering might have violated the open meeting requirements of the Municipal Act.
Ontario Ombudsman's letter on Ornge oversight, addressed to Hon. Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care;
Ms. Christine Elliott, Opposition Health Critic;
Mme. France Gélinas, NDP Health Critic.
TORONTO (February 14, 2013) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today issued the following statement with regard to the February 12, 2013 decision by the Council for the City of Greater Sudbury to replace his Office as its closed meeting investigator: “Council for the City of Greater Sudbury has exercised its legal right to appoint a new investigator. In light of council’s decision, my Office is wrapping up ongoing Sudbury cases immediately and not pursuing further investigations."
HEALTH TOP OF MIND FOR ONTARIANS IN 2012 - In 2012, Ontarians were focused on health – health care, Ombudsman oversight of hospitals and long-term care homes, the mental health of our police forces, and healthy and transparent municipal democracies. Our office saw this reflected in the complaints we received, and the investigations we launched – including the most recent, into the province’s services for adults with developmental disabilities – as well as in the comments from our followers on Twitter and Facebook.
Take a look at 10 of the most significant developments of 2012. Thanks to our social media followers for helping out with the list.
TORONTO (November 29, 2012) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today announced an investigation into the province’s services for adults with developmental disabilities who are in crisis situations, after several desperate families complained their loved ones risked being sent to homeless shelters or jail because there was nowhere to care for them.
(TORONTO – October 30, 2012) Ontario municipal councillors should hold fewer closed meetings, record them electronically and be more mindful of public concerns when they gather outside of council chambers, Ontario Ombudsman André Marin says in his latest report, released today.
Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today called on the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to take concrete action to support police officers across the province who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, risk of suicide and other forms of operational stress injuries.