Au­di­tor gen­eral to grade Ford govern­ment on cli­mate, jus­tice, health and safety

The Peterborough Examiner - - CANADA & WORLD - AL­LI­SON JONES

TORONTO — On­tario’s au­di­tor gen­eral will as­sess the govern­ment’s plan to re­duce green­house gas emissions in her an­nual re­port, to be re­leased Wed­nes­day.

It is one of 19 ar­eas in which Bon­nie Lysyk’s of­fice has con­ducted value-for-money au­dits this year.

The Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive govern­ment can­celled On­tario’s cap-and-trade system to re­duce green­house gas emissions af­ter last year’s elec­tion, and has in­tro­duced its own en­vi­ron­ment plan. Lysyk has looked at that plan to as­sess its ef­fec­tive­ness and whether the govern­ment is draw­ing on cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion.

The re­port will also as­sess var­i­ous ar­eas of the jus­tice system. It will look at whether the prov­ince has cost-ef­fec­tive sys­tems for man­ag­ing court op­er­a­tions and if they sup­port timely res­o­lu­tion of court cases. There will also be sep­a­rate sec­tions ded­i­cated to the crim­i­nal court system and fam­ily court ser­vices.

As well, the au­di­tor has looked at whether work­ing con­di­tions in jails and de­ten­tion cen­tres al­low cor­rec­tional staff to safely su­per­vise in­mates, and if the pro­grams and ser­vices in those fa­cil­i­ties are de­liv­ered ef­fi­ciently.

The of­fice of the chief coro­ner and the foren­sic pathol­ogy ser­vice will also be un­der the mi­cro­scope, with that au­dit as­sess­ing if the sys­tems and pro­ce­dures in place en­sure ef­fec­tive and high-qual­ity death in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Sev­eral sec­tions will deal with health care, in­clud­ing au­dits on pa­tient safety and the ad­min­is­tra­tion of drugs at acute-care hos­pi­tals, as well as ad­dic­tions treat­ment pro­grams, chronic kid­ney dis­ease man­age­ment, and food and nu­tri­tion in longterm-care homes.

The au­di­tor has also looked at food safety in­spec­tion pro­grams — such as meat, pro­duce and dairy — and public health units’ food premises in­spec­tions and how they mon­i­tor and man­age out­breaks of food­borne ill­ness.

Other top­ics in­clude cy­ber­se­cu­rity at the On­tario Lot­tery and Gaming Corp., provin­cial sup­port to the horse racing in­dus­try, work­place health and safety, com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle safety and en­force­ment, and the On­tario Dis­abil­ity Sup­port Pro­gram.

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