2009 Press Releases

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Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today welcomed the province’s announcement that it will uncap the funding of Avastin for colorectal cancer patients. Mr. Marin recommended that the “absurd and indefensible” cap be lifted two months ago in his report, A Vast Injustice.
Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin yesterday officially presented the new edition of his office's guide to open municipal meetings in Ontario – The Sunshine Law Handbook – to Mayor Mike Bradley of Sarnia. The Ombudsman's Office will distribute the guide free of charge to every mayor and municipal councillor across the province.
Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin has been invited by the Economic Club of Canada to deliver a speech on "The ABCs of Rebuilding Public Trust: Restoring Accountability to Ontario's Agencies."
Yesterday, I issued A Vast Injustice, a report on my investigation into the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s decision-making concerning the funding of Avastin for colorectal cancer patients. The basic premise of my report is that although the Ministry is entitled to consider cost in deciding whether to fund a cancer drug such as Avastin, any limit on the duration of funding should be supported by sound medical evidence.
The Ontario government’s funding cutoff for patients taking the cancer drug Avastin is unreasonable, wrong and “verges on cruelty,” Ontario Ombudsman André Marin’s latest investigation has found.
Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today welcomed the announcement by the provincial government and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) that will ban retailers from buying lottery tickets in their own stores as of Nov. 3.
*** UPDATE: As of October 22nd, 2010, the Ontario Ombudsman no longer has the jurisdiction to investigate complaints about Cambridge Memorial Hospital, following the provincial government’s termination of the appointment of Mr. Murray Martin as provincial supervisor. ***
Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today issued a strong back-to-school warning to the provincial government to keep a closer eye on colleges, to ensure students are getting the education they pay for.
Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today welcomed the government’s announcement that it will make positron emission tomography (PET) scanning a publicly insured health service for some cancer and cardiac patients. The announcement is based in part on the Ombudsman’s advice, following his investigation into the government’s PET scan program evaluation process.
Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today urged the province’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to get tougher on unscrupulous private career colleges. His latest special report, Too Cool For School, outlines the “unmitigated disaster” of Bestech Academy, an unregistered, illegal operation which the Ministry tolerated for more than two years – while actually paying for several students to attend classes there, and subsequently even hiring its president to work in the Ministry.