Democracy can’t exist behind closed doors. The trust we place in elected officials to spend our money and shape our communities is immense, and must be reciprocated with a dedication to openness. Politicians who conduct business in secret meetings violate the principles of good government and create the impression that they are serving special interests. In many cases they are breaking the law, and should face tougher consequences.
City council holds its meetings in public, as it should. The principle of politicians meeting in the presence of their electors is a linchpin of democracy, permitting the public to scrutinize and make judgements about the actions and attitudes of their representatives. Along with the right to access government documents, such publicity is fundamental to good government. We take it as axiomatic that if transparency and accountability are to have practical relevance, then the business of the public must be conducted in public.
The Toronto Sun spoke with Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin about his office's new responsibility of overseeing the province's 82 school boards.
Parents in disputes with schools and school board’s now have an independent investigator ready to help — Ontario’s ombudsman.
The Ontario Ombudsman will start accepting complaints about school boards on Tuesday as a law kicks in that expands the powers of the provincial watchdog.
Ontario's Ombudsman now has expanded powers to investigate school boards, but that shouldn't be the first call if parents have a complaint.
The Ontario government has some good reasons for its 10-year limit on appointments to administrative tribunals.
Ontario ombud Andre Marin says the Township of Woolwich violated the Municipal Act several times in 2015 during in-camera meetings in January and February.
The provincial government wants to develop regulations that will standardized guidelines on how street checks are carried out by Ontario’s 58 police services.
Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin’s annual report cites “recurring concerns” around the way the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Office of Public Guardian and Trustee treats its vulnerable clients.