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(TORONTO – December 11, 2015) Acting Ombudsman Barbara Finlay will release the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman’s latest municipal annual report on Wednesday, December 16 – at a news conference at 1 p.m. in the Queen’s Park Media Studio.
12-11-2015
 
(TORONTO – December 4, 2015) The Office of the Ontario Ombudsman has closed its last Hydro One case, as the utility no longer comes under the watchdog’s scrutiny, Acting Ombudsman Barbara Finlay announced today.
12-04-2015
 
Milestone coincides with historic expansion of mandate - The Office of the Ontario Ombudsman today celebrates 40 years of helping citizens resolve issues with the provincial government. The occasion comes as the office embarks on an historic expansion of its mandate – something the first Ombudsman began calling for in 1975.
10-30-2015
 
The Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario today publicly released its submission to the government on the subject of police street checks. The submission was made in August as part of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services’ public consultation on the practice often known as “carding.”
09-24-2015
 
(TORONTO, September 16, 2015) – Barbara Finlay has been named acting Ombudsman of Ontario, pending the Legislative Assembly’s selection process to fill the position permanently. Ms. Finlay has served with the Ontario Ombudsman’s office since 2005 as Deputy Ombudsman and Director of Operations. She has previously worked as Director General of Operations for the National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman, and as an Assistant Crown Attorney and part-time law professor.
09-16-2015
 
(TORONTO) Ontario Ombudsman André Marin will be available to speak to media at 3 p.m. today, Monday, September 14, at the Queen’s Park Media Studio.
09-14-2015
 
(TORONTO – September 8, 2015) One week after new legislation enabling the Ontario Ombudsman to take complaints about school boards took effect, 50 people have complained about a diverse range of issues – a number expected to grow as Ontario children return to school today.
09-08-2015
 
TORONTO (August 31, 2015) – Beginning tomorrow, September 1, the Ontario Ombudsman is officially able to take complaints about the province’s 82 school boards. The historic new expansion of the Ombudsman’s mandate was granted with the passage of Bill 8, the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014.
08-31-2015
 
TORONTO (July 28, 2015) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today released his tenth annual report, marking the end of an historic year – and decade – that saw the largest investigation in the history of the office, the enactment of legislation extending the Ombudsman’s mandate to municipalities, school boards and universities, and an 86% increase in complaints received since 2009-2010.
07-28-2015
 
(TORONTO) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin will release his annual report for the 2014-2015 fiscal year on Tuesday, July 28 – at an 11 a.m. news conference in the Queen’s Park Media Studio. The report reviews the accomplishments of the Ombudsman’s Office in the past year and updates recent and ongoing investigations.
07-24-2015
 
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