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Meet the Deputy Public Interest Commissioner

Peter Sherstan was sworn in as the Deputy Ombudsman and Deputy Public Interest Commissioner in August 2018.  In this dual role, he oversees four investigative teams and supports the Ombudsman and Public Interest Commissioner, Marianne Ryan, as she works toward, “. . . improving the lives of Albertans and making sure everyone gets a fair…

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Important Legislative Changes Take Effect March 1, 2018

EDMONTON – Today Marianne Ryan, Alberta’s second Public Interest Commissioner issued comments on the announcement that the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Amendment Act (the Act) will be proclaimed on March 1, 2018. These amendments provide important changes that expand the jurisdiction of the Public Interest Commissioner and protection for whistleblowers. Changes include expanding the…

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Amendments to the Whistleblower Protection Act receive Royal Assent

The Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Amendment Act has received Royal Ascent and is anticipated to be proclaimed in December 2018.  The amendments will bring significant changes to the legislation.  Organizations need to ensure their policies reflect the amendments.  Learn more here.

Marianne Ryan recommended as Alberta’s ninth Ombudsman and second Public Interest Commissioner

A search committee of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta has recommended the appointment of Marianne Ryan as Alberta’s ninth Ombudsman and second Public Interest Commissioner. Through a long and distinguished 35-year career in policing, Ryan most recently served as the Commanding Officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Alberta, and was one of the…

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Complaint analysis and advice…a big part of what we do

Our work begins well before an investigation starts. Analyzing and responding to complaints requires significant time and attention and is an important function of our office. Every complaint is analyzed to determine if our office has legal jurisdiction to initiate a formal investigation, and we provide sound advice on what steps the complainant should take….

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New secure online forms available

If you want to disclose a wrongdoing or report a reprisal, our PDF forms have been replaced by new online submission forms. Should you submit a form via our website, your information will be sent to a secure and encrypted portal, where it will be reviewed by a Public Interest Commissioner investigator. Click here to access the…

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Investigation into allegations against the Department of Justice & Solicitor General concludes

The Public Interest Commissioner has concluded an investigation into allegations against the Department of Justice and Solicitor General. It was alleged the department interfered with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in a manner which contravened the Fatality Inquiries Act and the department grossly mismanaged the procurement for services to transport deceased persons.  It…

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Commissioner staff to host information session for Government of Alberta employees

Edmonton – Staff from the Public Interest Commissioner’s office will host informal information sessions for Government of Alberta employees.  Employees will learn about the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act, how the complaints process works, and how they are protected when they report wrongdoing.  Employees will also have an opportunity to meet with the Commissioner’s staff….

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