2016

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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.

November 2, 2016

2 November, 2016

Ombudsman reports on first year of expanded mandate; pledges continued effectiveness as agent of positive change Annual Report 2015-2016

TORONTO (November 2, 2016) - Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé today released the first annual report of his office’s new, expanded mandate, which was doubled in the past year to include more than 1,000 public sector organizations – provincial government bodies, municipalities, universities and school boards.

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.

August 24, 2016

24 August, 2016

Ombudsman calls for systemic overhaul to help adults with developmental disabilities in crisis

(TORONTO – August 24, 2016) Ontario’s systemic failure to help desperate families who are unable to care for loved ones with developmental disabilities has left vulnerable people in dire and often dangerous circumstances, Ombudsman Paul Dubé reveals in his office’s latest report, released today.

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.