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…

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…

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…

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.…

Commissioner staff to host educational sessions in Camrose and Drumheller

Edmonton – Staff from the Public Interest Commissioner’s office will visit Camrose on April 6th and Drumheller on April 7th to host educational sessions, in conjunction with the office of the Alberta Ombudsman. “A significant focus of the awareness campaign we launched in 2013 is hosting educational sessions for public servants,” says Peter Hourihan, Alberta’s…