Wednesday, October 27, 2010

NDP Introducing New Ombudsman Oversight Bill

NOTE: The Foster Care Council of Canada will be represented by Michele Farrugia, a former Crown Ward during the press conference at 10:00am

From the Office of Andrea Horwath,

On Thursday, November 9, MPP Rosario Marchese at 1 p.m. will be introducing a private members bill for First Reading in the Ontario Legislature calling for new powers for the Ontario Ombudsman, including the authority to investigate child welfare and protection complaints.

The bill represents a complete overhaul of the Ombudsman’s Act to allow investigations into child welfare and protection, health care facilities and hospitals, school boards and municipalities.

There will be a press conference at 10 a.m. in the Queen’s Park Media Studio on the morning of Tuesday, November 9, 2010, in the Media Studio at Queen’s Park, 111 Wellesley St. West, to promote the bill, which represents a comprehensive approach to modernizing the role of the Ombudsman in the 21st century and improving openness and accountability to the public.

All are welcome to attend one or both events. To confirm or to obtain more information, please contact Sheila White, Executive Assistant to MPP Andrea Horwath, at 416-325-2777, or email Sheila at

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