March 13, 2020
13 March, 2020
Statement by French Language Services Commissioner Kelly Burke on the coronavirus
Health is a priority sector. For francophones and francophiles, French language services are essential to remaining informed and obtaining the care they need in the language of their choice. It is important that our health care professionals have access to proper tools and trainings to offer French language services.
May 7, 2019
7 May, 2019
Ombudsman’s new open meeting case digest (Municipal World)
Imagine you are an Ontario municipal councillor, perusing the agenda for your next meeting, and you see that a new report by the municipality’s integrity commissioner is scheduled to be discussed behind closed doors. You wonder, is that appropriate?
August 11, 2017
11 August, 2017
Toronto’s school bus woes demonstrate the risks of reinventing the wheel (TVO)
It was, as they say, a teachable moment. In September 2016, at a time when parents have more than enough on their minds, Toronto’s school bus network was in chaos: some buses showed up late in the mornings, others not at all. And at the end of the day, drivers in some cases dropped kids off long distances from where they were supposed to.
August 30, 2016
30 August, 2016
Ombudsman congratulated for report (Sarnia Observer)
I would like to congratulate the Ontario Ombudsman, Paul Dubé, on the thoroughness of his report on developmental services in Ontario (Sarnia Observer, Aug 26). The report highlights situations of crisis and challenges of access into services for adults with developmental disabilities. The crisis circumstances described within the report are unacceptable.
July 4, 2016
4 July, 2016
Focus: New ombudsman on the scene (Law Times)
Paul Dubé is walking in the hallway of his 10th floor Bay Street office when an older man wearing a plaid shirt suddenly approaches him. “Excuse me, sir, are you the ombudsman?” the man eagerly asks. “I have a case here.”
June 29, 2016
29 June, 2016
Report after Sammy Yatim’s death slams police training (Toronto Star)
Citing an “urgent need” for improvements to police training, Ontario’s Ombudsman is calling for the province to create a regulation requiring police to deescalate and use communications techniques in all possible conflict situations before resorting to force.
May 10, 2016
10 May, 2016
Ontario ombudsman calls for end to long-term solitary confinement in jails (Globe and Mail)
In a scathing appraisal of Ontario prison practices, the provincial Ombudsman is pushing for a ban on long-term solitary confinement, a move that would make the province the first jurisdiction in Canada to apply United Nations guidelines to the draconian form of incarceration. Ombudsman Paul Dubé made the recommendations on Tuesday, part of an exhaustive submission to the province’s continuing review of solitary confinement – formally termed “segregation” – in its 27 correctional facilities.
February 19, 2016
19 February, 2016
What you need to know about the Ontario Ombudsman’s expanded oversight of municipalities, universities and school boards
On February 5, 2016, the Ontario Bar Association presented a breakfast program titled “What you need to know about the Ontario Ombudsman’s expanded oversight of municipalities, universities and school boards”. Laura Pettigrew, General Counsel at the Ontario Ombudsman, and Barbara Finlay, Acting Ombudsman, each spoke about the Ontario Ombudsman’s expanded jurisdiction. Acting Deputy Ombudsman Wendy Ray moderated the program.
January 15, 2016
15 January, 2016
How do we help the first responders who endure trauma when helping us? (The Globe and Mail)
Late one night in the summer of 2014, Bill Rusk, a police sergeant in Owen Sound, Ont., was crouched on the roof of a downtown store, watching the window of a second-floor apartment in the building next door. His squad had come to bust up a drug deal, and had been told that a violent man was hiding inside with a sawed-off shotgun.