Whistleblowers have a safe avenue to report wrongdoing in Alberta

This open letter by Public Interest Commissioner, Marianne Ryan first appeared in the Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald on December 18, 2020. Marianne Ryan accepted a five-year appointment as Alberta’s second Public Interest Commissioner and ninth Ombudsman in the summer of 2017.    Whistleblowing legislation can only work when public servants have confidence they may…

Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act undergoes legislative review

The second scheduled review of the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act (the Act) is underway in accordance with the mandate of the Alberta Legislature to ensure the law continues to meet the evolving needs of Albertans. The general purpose of whistleblower protection legislation is to create safe environments for employees to bring forth allegations…

Advice for managing complaints under the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act (PIDA) relating to the COVID-19 public health emergency

A public health emergency was declared on March 17, 2020, as a result of pandemic COVID-19. Designated officers may receive complaints relating to the public health emergency which may fit into a category of “wrongdoing” under PIDA; however, the complaint reporting and investigation process under PIDA was not intended to be a mechanism for reporting…

Notice of Temporary Closure

Effective immediately, the Public Interest Commissioner has made the decision to close her Edmonton office and support prevention of the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The health and well-being of our staff and visitors to our office remains of primary importance to us. We are closely monitoring this rapidly evolving situation to ensure our operational practices…

A Brief Guide to Good Whistleblowing and Bad Faith

Whistleblowing: The Right Stuff Whistleblowing has been defined as a disclosure by an employee (current or former) of illegal, immoral or illegitimate wrongdoing within an organization.[1]  A whistleblower under Alberta’s Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act (the Act) makes a disclosure of wrongdoing in good faith in relation to one of the five wrongdoings defined…