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…

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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…

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The challenges of whistleblower oversight

By Peter Hourihan Public Interest Commissioner The Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act came into effect on June 1, 2013, making Alberta the seventh provincial jurisdiction in Canada to enact such legislation.[1]  The enactment brought with it a number of challenges.  Some will require a shift in perspective while others will take time to meet….

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No wrongdoing, but issues of concern found with AHS computer purchase

Alberta’s Public Interest Commissioner has found Alberta Health Services did not commit wrongdoing, as defined by the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act, in its 2012 computer purchase and deployment in the Edmonton Zone. The Act defines wrongdoing as: an illegal act; an act or omission that creates an imminent risk to the health and…

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Commissioner to release whistleblower report

July 21, 2014 Media are invited to a briefing with the Public Interest Commissioner to discuss findings of the investigation into the purchase and deployment of computers by Alberta Health Services. Copies of the investigation report will be available. The investigation was launched in January, following allegations of wrongdoing raised by a whistleblower. The Commissioner,…

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Public Interest Commissioner to investigate allegation of wrongdoing

Alberta’s Public Interest Commissioner has ordered an investigation related to an allegation raised publicly regarding Alberta Health Services’ procurement of computers. “Our aim is to ensure Albertans are confident public institutions deal with allegations of wrongdoing appropriately,” said Peter Hourihan, the Public Interest Commissioner. “We have assigned an investigator to look into allegations raised recently…

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