December 30, 2016
30 December, 2016
Ombudsman’s top 10 stories of 2016
It’s been a year of historic change for our office, as the Ombudsman’s mandate doubled and we were able to help Ontarians with a whole new range of issues in the broader public sector. Here are 10 of the key developments of the past year.
December 29, 2016
29 December, 2016
Ontario Ombudsman marks one year of oversight of municipalities and universities
(TORONTO – December 29, 2016) As the new year approaches, the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman is set to mark one year of oversight of municipalities and universities. Since the historic new jurisdiction took effect Jan. 1, the office has received some 3,176 public complaints and inquiries about municipalities, and 232 about universities.
December 2, 2016
2 December, 2016
Ombudsman to investigate segregation process in Ontario jails
TORONTO (December 2, 2016) – Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé today announced an investigation into how the province tracks and reviews the placement of inmates in solitary confinement in its correctional facilities, in light of serious issues raised in an increasing number of complaints.
October 27, 2016
27 October, 2016
Police oversight reform long overdue: Ombudsman
TORONTO (October 27, 2016) – Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé today released his submission to the province’s Independent Police Oversight Review, calling for new legislation to make police oversight bodies more effective, accountable and transparent.
September 26, 2016
26 September, 2016
Ombudsman to investigate Toronto school busing issues
TORONTO (September 26, 2016) – Ombudsman Paul Dubé today announced his office will conduct a systemic investigation into recent school busing problems at the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board.
September 9, 2016
9 September, 2016
Ombudsman to assess Toronto school busing issues
TORONTO (September 9, 2016) – After hearing about problems with busing of students in the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board, Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé has directed staff to assess the issues to determine whether or not a systemic investigation is warranted.
September 6, 2016
6 September, 2016
Ontario Ombudsman marks one year of school board oversight
(TORONTO – September 6, 2016) As the new school year begins, the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman is marking one year of oversight of school boards, after receiving 701 complaints and inquiries in the first year of its new mandate.
June 29, 2016
29 June, 2016
Ombudsman urges province to ensure police are trained in de-escalation
(TORONTO – June 29, 2016) Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé today called on the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to save lives by requiring police across the province to use de-escalation techniques in conflict situations before resorting to lethal force.
May 25, 2016
25 May, 2016
Ombudsman to investigate Brampton procurement practices
(TORONTO – May 25, 2016) Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé today announced an investigation into the city of Brampton’s procurement practices, focusing on the administration of its purchasing by-laws, policies and procedures regarding non-competitive procurements.
May 19, 2016
19 May, 2016
Reports on two Ombudsman investigations in final stages
(TORONTO – May 19, 2016) Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé confirmed today that he expects to release reports on two of his office’s in-depth systemic investigations in June and July, once required processes are complete.
May 10, 2016
10 May, 2016
Abolish indefinite segregation: Ombudsman
(TORONTO – May 10, 2016) Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé today urged the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to abolish the practice of placing inmates indefinitely in segregation and develop alternatives to protect the rights of the vulnerable.
April 1, 2016
1 April, 2016
New Ontario Ombudsman takes office
Aims to build on investigative legacy and relationships as mandate expands
(TORONTO – April 1, 2016) New Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé took his oath of office today, beginning a five-year term as the province’s independent, impartial watchdog. Mr. Dubé is the province’s seventh Ombudsman since the office was established in 1975.
February 17, 2016
17 February, 2016
New Ontario Ombudsman to start April 1: Mr. Paul Dubé
(TORONTO – February 17, 2016) Mr. J. Paul Dubé of Ottawa has been appointed as Ontario’s seventh Ombudsman for a five-year term, to begin April 1, 2016. His appointment by an all-party committee of the Legislative Assembly was announced yesterday and approved by unanimous vote in the Legislature.