If you’ve got a beef with Western University or city hall, you’ve got a new go-to place to turn.
This year, the New Year will not only ring in resolutions, it will also welcome a bigger watchdog.
Late one night in the summer of 2014, Bill Rusk, a police sergeant in Owen Sound, Ont., was crouched on the roof of a downtown store, watching the window of a second-floor apartment in the building next door. His squad had come to bust up a drug deal, and had been told that a violent man was hiding inside with a sawed-off shotgun.
Kingstonians can now turn to Ontario’s government watchdog to file complaints about municipal services and city politicians.
The New Year has begun with what is always good news: a possibility of more accountability from government organizations. The Ombudsman’s office of Ontario is ringing in 2016 by beginning to accept complaints about municipalities.
Barbara Finlay sees the enormity of the task facing Ombudsman Ontario as its role rapidly expands in the New Year.
Ontario's ombudsman has wrapped up investigations into 10,500 complaints about billing errors at Hydro One, but the provincial watchdog can't look into any more problems at the utility because it's being privatized.
While West Lincoln council met the exception to go in-camera to discuss a bylaw enforcement issue June 15, the discussions never should have taken place at the meeting the Ontario Ombudsman finds.
Ontario’s acting ombudsman has ruled a regional committee set up to explore alternative options for redeveloping three of the Region’s eight long-term care homes violated provisions of the Municipal Act and the Region’s own procedural bylaw.
Closed-door meetings of a regional task force were held to provide opportunity for competitive private-sector information to be disclosed, Niagara’s chief administrative officer says.