HEALTH TOP OF MIND FOR ONTARIANS IN 2012 - In 2012, Ontarians were focused on health – health care, Ombudsman oversight of hospitals and long-term care homes, the mental health of our police forces, and healthy and transparent municipal democracies. Our office saw this reflected in the complaints we received, and the investigations we launched – including the most recent, into the province’s services for adults with developmental disabilities – as well as in the comments from our followers on Twitter and Facebook.
Take a look at 10 of the most significant developments of 2012. Thanks to our social media followers for helping out with the list.
TORONTO (November 29, 2012) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today announced an investigation into the province’s services for adults with developmental disabilities who are in crisis situations, after several desperate families complained their loved ones risked being sent to homeless shelters or jail because there was nowhere to care for them.
(TORONTO – October 30, 2012) Ontario municipal councillors should hold fewer closed meetings, record them electronically and be more mindful of public concerns when they gather outside of council chambers, Ontario Ombudsman André Marin says in his latest report, released today.
Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today called on the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to take concrete action to support police officers across the province who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, risk of suicide and other forms of operational stress injuries.
TORONTO (October 18, 2012) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin was honoured last night by the U.S.-based National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE), for his significant work in exposing the challenges facing Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU).
TORONTO (September 19, 2012) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin will be inducted September 29 into the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law’s Common Law Honour Society, the faculty’s most prestigious award for graduates in common law.
TORONTO (August 28, 2012) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin now has the jurisdiction to investigate complaints about the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board following the provincial government’s appointment of a supervisor for the board.
TORONTO (August 10, 2012) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin will be presented Monday with the Canadian Bar Association (CBA)’s top award for a public sector lawyer, the John Tait Award of Excellence.
TORONTO (June 19, 2012) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin is calling on the government of Ontario to protect the public interest in tough economic times by ensuring citizens have the opportunity to complain to his office – as more than 18,500 of them did in 2011-2012 (up 27% from the previous year).
TORONTO (April 27, 2012) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin received the Ontario Bar Association’s 2012 Award for Distinguished Service at an award ceremony in Toronto last night.