By August 2016, numerous routes had been repeatedly revised, leaving some operators and drivers unable or unwilling to cover them.
On September 1 – five days before the start of school – an email from the top transportation official warned both boards that “significant service delivery issues” should be expected, and one Catholic board official told a senior colleague: “You need to let everyone know.” Yet neither board sent formal written notification to parents until September 8 and 9.
John’s, Newfoundland, and I spoke at the Forum of Canadian Ombudsman’s Essentials for Ombuds professional developmental course in Toronto.
I also had the chance to share expertise with police oversight professionals at the National Association of Civilian Oversight in Law Enforcement conference in Spokane, WA and fellow ombudsmen at the United States Ombudsman Association Conference in San Antonio, TX.
In particular, the proposed police oversight changes will extend Ombudsman jurisdiction to all three revamped oversight bodies, as I recommended in my submissionto Justice Michael Tulloch’s review last fall.
My investigation looked at 127 complaints, many from families who were hard hit by the busing disruption.
For example, several young children with special needs went missing for hours after being dropped off at the wrong stops.
This will be the first digest of its kind in Ontario, and we hope to have it ready for launch in the coming months.
We anticipate it will become a much-perused resource for municipal councils and anyone interested in this area of municipal law, or open meetings in general – especially as new changes to the open meeting requirements in the Municipal Act come into effect in the new year.