With the release of his 2012-2013 annual report, Ontario Ombudsman André Marin called on the provincial government to expand oversight by making better use of his office’s services. The report consists of a review of nearly 20,000 cases received by the Ombudsman’s office. Marin notes that although the government welcomed most of his recommendations, there remain areas where action is needed.
The report calls for the inclusion of the MUSH sector – municipalities, universities, school boards, hospitals and long-term care homes, children’s aid societies and police – under the Ombudsman’s oversight. Unlike other provinces, the MUSH sector remains outside Marin’s jurisdiction, which required him to turn away more than 2,500 complaints.
For more information and to read the report, please visit the Ontario Ombudsman’s website. www.ombudsman.on.ca.