2008 Press Releases

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In an editorial from its December 15, 2008 edition, the Law Times Ontario weekly named Ontario Ombudsman André Marin as one of their top three newsmakers of 2008 for tackling “both the province’s legal aid system and the Special Investigations Unit.”
Canada’s foremost academic expert on ombudsmen and oversight of public agencies has passed away after a long and prolific career. Professor Donald Rowat, who taught political science at Carleton University for over 40 years, died in hospital in Ottawa on December 2. He was 87.
Ontario’s system of police oversight has failed to live up to its promise due to a “complacent” culture and a lack of rigour in ensuring police follow the rules, Ontario Ombudsman André Marin says in his latest special report, released today.
Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today announced he will conduct a full systemic investigation into the province’s monitoring of long-term care facilities – and its effectiveness in ensuring nursing homes meet government standards.
(Canadian Press) The "horror stories" about shocking conditions in the province's nursing homes has prompted Ontario's watchdog to prepare for an investigation into whether the governing Liberals are doing enough to ensure the safety and dignity of elderly residents, The Canadian Press has learned.
Ombudsman André Marin's third annual report, released today, documents his office's success in helping thousands of Ontarians in the past year - and questions why hospital patients don't have the same recourse to his services. The Ombudsman is also announcing a new investigative team today to focus on his new responsibility for enforcing the law requiring municipal meetings to be open to the public.
Ontario Ombudsman André Marin now has the jurisdiction to investigate complaints about the Toronto Catholic District School Board, following the provincial government's appointment of a supervisor for the board. While normally the Ombudsman does not have jurisdiction over school boards, that changes when the government takes direct control.
Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today called on the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services to clarify its relationship with Tarion Warranty Corp. in its communications with new homeowners and the general public.
Due to high demand, Ombudsman Ontario will be offering: Sharpening Your Teeth, September 22–24, 2008 at the St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre in Toronto. All interested parties from any oversight agency are invited to attend.
Ontario Ombudsman André Marin served notice to the mayor and council of the City of Oshawa this week that he is investigating a complaint about closed meetings held by city council.