This was a year marked by “people power” around the world – from the “Arab Spring” demonstrations to the “Occupy” protests. It was even felt by the Ombudsman’s Office, where strong public response to investigations, announcements, speeches and the Ombudsman’s social media efforts had a profound effect. Here are 10 of the most significant developments of 2011, chosen in part by our social media followers.
TORONTO (December 14, 2011) - Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today renewed his call for effective legislation to support the province’s police watchdog, after his latest investigation found the responsible ministry has actively undermined it.
TORONTO (November 8, 2011) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today launched a “mobile app” version of his office’s website – a web application that will make it easier for the public to connect with his office via smartphones and tablets.
TORONTO (October 31, 2011) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin has been awarded the A.D. Dunton Alumni Award of Distinction by the Carleton University Alumni Association (CUAA). Mr. Marin will receive the award and give a brief address tomorrow evening (November 1) at a reception in Toronto.
TORONTO (September 8, 2011) - Ontario Ombudsman André Marin has been awarded the Order of Merit by the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section.
TORONTO (August 31, 2011) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin now has the jurisdiction to investigate complaints about Niagara Health System, following the provincial government’s appointment of a supervisor for the institution.
TORONTO (August 16, 2011) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today announced a systemic investigation into how the province deals with the use of excessive force against inmates by Ontario jail guards, sparked by numerous complaints that such incidents are being covered up or ignored.
TORONTO, CANADA (July 15, 2011): André Marin, the Ombudsman of Ontario, today announced the fifth annual course for administrative investigators. SHARPENING YOUR TEETH: Advanced Investigative Training for Administrative Watchdogs will take place at the Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto from November 28-30, 2011.
TORONTO (June 21, 2011) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today called on the government of Ontario to embrace the worldwide trend toward open government, noting that many of his investigations of government organizations revealed a lack of transparency and accountability to Ontarians.
TORONTO (June 10, 2011) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today thanked the Ministries of Transportation and Health and Long-Term Care for acting on his recommendations and committing to regulate the industry that handles non-emergency transportation of hundreds of thousands of patients every year.