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January 3, 2014 permalink
In his year-end report Ontario's ombudsman André Marin notes that there has been legislative progress in expanding his mandate over the MUSH sector, but so far there has been no change.
8. Spotlight on MUSH sector
Extending the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction to the MUSH sector (Municipalities, Universities, School boards, Hospitals and long-term care homes, children’s aid societies and police) was a hot topic during budget negotiations in early 2013, the subject of a record number of petitions in the legislature, and at the heart of private member’s Bill 42 (focused on CAS oversight, it went to second reading and remains at the committee phase). The issue was also raised in several news stories involving abuse of children and the elderly. But by year’s end, there was no change – even as New Brunswick announced it was extending its ombudsman’s mandate to include long-term care – leaving Ontario dead last in Canada in terms of ombudsman oversight of this sector.
Source: Ontario Ombudsman