Accountability Finally Coming to Ontario Cities: Ombudsman

The July e-newsletter of the Ontario Ombudsman, The Watchdog, includes information about the long awaited introduction of Bill 8, the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act 2014:

Once passed, Bill 8 will, among other things, finally allow Ontarians to complain to their ombudsman about municipal governments, universities and school boards — in addition to the hundreds of provincial government organizations his office already oversees.

“Ontario comes to this accountability party decades behind the other provinces,” Marin wrote. “All have long given their ombudsmen jurisdiction in the MUSH sector (municipalities, universities, school boards, hospitals and long-term care, child protection and police). Ontario is the only province whose ombudsman has no jurisdiction over hospitals, long-term care or children’s aid societies.”