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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Commissioner staff to host information sessions in Grande Prairie and Peace River

Edmonton – Staff from the Public Interest Commissioner’s office will host an information session for Government of Alberta employees in Grande Prairie and Peace River.  Employees will learn about the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act, how the complaint process works, and how they are protected when they report wrongdoing.  Employees will also have an…

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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If you want to disclose a wrongdoing or report a reprisal, our PDF forms have been replaced by new online submission forms.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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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…

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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…

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