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…

Records Management Investigation Reveals Lack of Effective Control, Accountability

The investigation into Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource regarding the alleged improper destruction of records in the wake of the 2015 provincial election resulted in troubling findings for the overall management of records. A joint investigation was launched by the Information and Privacy Commissioner and Public Interest Commissioner on May 13, 2015 during the transition…

Procurement process investigation wraps up

On July 17, 2015, the Commissioner provided a report to the Chief Officers of Advanced Education and Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures into allegations the procurement process used by the public entities had been manipulated. The Commissioner found wrongdoing existed. The Commissioner made five recommendations and three observations. The Chief Officers, in their written responses…

An insider’s story: A whistleblower shares his experience with the Public Interest Commissioner

The whistleblower at the centre of the August 27, 2015 finding of wrongdoing at the department of Innovation and Advanced Education knew he was witnessing wrongdoing. The whistleblower reported that the manager was directing the manipulation of procurement documents at the department, as well as the arms-length agency Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures. The department’s…

Wrongdoing found after manipulation of procurement process

EDMONTON – An investigation by Alberta’s Public Interest Commissioner has found two managers with the Government of Alberta’s department of Innovation and Advanced Education and one manager with Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures committed wrongdoing. Between October and December 2014, the Commissioner received several disclosures of wrongdoing from a whistleblower, who alleged staff in both…

Joint investigation launched into alleged improper destruction of records by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

The Information and Privacy Commissioner and the Public Interest Commissioner have opened a joint investigation into the alleged improper destruction of records by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) based on information received by the offices. Under section 53(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP Act), the…

Whistleblower Commissioner can investigate breach of document disposal rules

Alberta government employees can contact the Office of the Public Interest Commissioner with concerns or allegations of wrongdoing related to improper disposal or shredding of documents during or following the current transition of government. “To knowingly breach rules related to the retention and destruction of records would be a contravention of the law, one of the definitions of wrongdoing…

Conversation with a whistleblower

The following is an edited conversation with a whistleblower who disclosed an allegation of wrongdoing first to their employer, then to our office. To protect the whistleblower’s identity, we’ve removed details of the complaint, employer, and our investigation. But this individual’s comments illustrate the feeling many in the public service may have when they consider…