Politics and its Discontents: Police Power

While the title of this post may seem a bit of a tautology, since the power of police on the streets is obvious, there are other arenas where they wield their influence in ways that may not be consistent with an open and democratic society. For example, police are known to arrive at courtrooms en ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Police Are Such Sensitive Souls

Andre Marin, Ontario’s Ombudsman, found this out after announcing he was planning to investigate the province’s direction to police on de-escalating conflict situations in light of the police killing of Sammy Yatim. According to a report in The National Post, a Durham police detective, Dennis Scott, opened a Twitter account under a pseudonym so that ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Ombudsman seeking expanded role since 1975 – could this finally be the time?

“There is no effective, independent, investigative oversight of hospital administration. Period.” – Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin, 2008 Ontario has been resisting Ombudsman oversight of its public hospitals for long enough. Marin says he is not the first to demand this … Continue reading →

Politics and its Discontents: The Incorrigible Deb Matthews

That Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews, who presided over the Ornge scandal, remains in her portfolio in the new Wynne government is unfathomable to me. A woman of breathtaking incompetence who steadfastly refused all calls for her resignation as each sordid detail of corruption and sybaritic spending within the air ambulance was revealed, Matthews continues ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Seniors’ Care: What a difference an Ombudsperson can make

In February the British Columbia government received a 216-page report on seniors care. In it are 176 recommendations covering home care, assisted living and residential care. It is the second major report on senior’s care in that province since 2009. … Continue reading →