November 29, 2009

29 November, 2009

Ontario uncaps Avastin funding in wake of Ombudsman probe

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.

October 1, 2009

1 October, 2009

Statement by Ontario Ombudsman André Marin on Avastin funding

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.

September 30, 2009

30 September, 2009

Ministry decision to restrict cancer drug “verges on cruelty” - Ombudsman finds cap on Avastin funding unreasonable and wrong

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.

August 25, 2009

25 August, 2009

Ontario Ombudsman urges stricter controls on colleges: Cambrian left students unqualified; Ministry “abdicated responsibility”

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.

July 14, 2009

14 July, 2009

Ontario Ombudsman calls on government to better protect students: Ministry incompetence led to private career college “disaster”

Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today  urged the province’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to get tougher on unscrupulous private career colleges.

April 29, 2009

29 April, 2009

Ombudsman finds closed Oshawa meeting illegally involved lobbying, not just ‘education’

Ontario Ombudsman André Marin has found a city of Oshawa committee met inappropriately behind closed doors with a private business in a “lobbying” session that was supposed to be for “education and training” purposes only.

April 27, 2009

27 April, 2009

Ontario Ombudsman censures Oshawa for "pirating" report

Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today tabled a report signalling to municipalities that they must respect the law when they engage the services of his office.