Ottawa Citizen

Ornge will pro­tect whistle­blow­ers, ser­vice vows


On­tario’s em­bat­tled air am­bu­lance ser­vice said Thurs­day it is tak­ing steps to pro­tect whistle­blow­ers. Ornge said it is im­ple­ment­ing a new whistle­blower pol­icy that will al­low em­ploy­ees to voice their con­cerns in a con­fi­den­tial man­ner with­out fear of reprisal. The agency said it has ap­pointed the ac­count­ing and au­dit­ing firm Grant Thorn­ton LLP as an in­de­pen­dent ethics of­fi­cer to re­ceive and track em­ployee dis­clo­sures and de­ter­mine whether fur­ther steps are needed. The new pol­icy af­ter the agency an­nounced it had hired the province’s chief coro­ner, Dr. An­drew McCal­lum, to serve as its new pres­i­dent and CEO.

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