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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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