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November 27, 2017

27 November, 2017

Speaker's Corner: Making police accountable long overdue (Law Times)

There are many communities that have for years decried a crisis of confidence in Ontario police. The province’s much-anticipated new omnibus policing legislation, packaged as the Safer Ontario Act, 2017, appears to have been met with general optimism — perhaps as much a measure of the broad need and desire for change as it is of the bill itself.

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July 8, 2017

8 July, 2017

I’m here to help (Toronto Sun)

As Ontario’s ombudsman, my job is to make the government work better for you.

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July 25, 2016

25 July, 2016

Speaker's Corner: Police need more training on non-lethal force (Law Times)

Recently, it took just four minutes for David Orazietti, Ontario’s Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, to announce changes that will fundamentally affect law and order across the province.

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January 15, 2016

15 January, 2016

Eight Simple Things to Know About Bill 8 and the Ombudsman’s New Oversight of Municipalities (Public Sector Digest)

Some 40 years after the first Ontario Ombudsman called for it – and 13 months after it was formally passed into law – municipalities in this province now come under the jurisdiction of the Ombudsman’s office. For the first time, Ontarians who have complaints related to municipal government have the same recourse to the independent, impartial services of their Ombudsman as they do when they have complaints about provincial government bodies.

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December 29, 2015

29 December, 2015

New year, new era for municipal oversight in Ontario (Municipal World)

On January 1, 2016, citizens of Ontario will finally be able to bring their municipal complaints to their provincial Ombudsman. For readers in B.C., New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Yukon, this won’t seem like news – their ombudsmen have long had jurisdiction over municipalities, dealing with complaints about everything from misuse of public funds to bylaw changes.

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June 20, 2015

20 June, 2015

Andre Marin goes to school: Guest Commentary (The Toronto Sun)

Forgive me for saying this on the first day of summer, but some of us are already getting ready for back-to-school season.

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January 5, 2015

5 January, 2015

Bill 8 good news for Ontarians: Ombudsman Andre Marin (Toronto Sun)

The mood was festive at Queen’s Park when Bill 8, the MPP and Public Sector Accountability and Transparency Act was passed Dec. 9.

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January 5, 2015

5 January, 2015

Marin: Public officials not obliged to be abused on Twitter (London Free Press)

Prof. Erika Simpson, in the Dec. 20 Forum Public pay, public scrutiny, raises some serious issues in writing about her Western University colleague Andrew Sancton, who was aggrieved when I temporarily blocked him on Twitter.

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