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Lecture 7

Lecture 7

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SOCI 3410
Darryl Davies

Lecture 7 Sociology Feb 26 2013  Ombudsman of Ontario  Handle public complaints ( 18,00+)  Oversee Ontario ministries, Crown corporations, tribunals, agencies, boards  Don’t oversee judges and courts, cabinet, private matters, federal government, mush sectors (municipalities, universities, school boards, hospitals, child aids, police The Ombudsman Act The ombudsman can intervene when.. 1. Appears to have been contrary to law, 2. Was unreasonable, unjust, oppressive or improperly discriminatory 3. Was based wholly or partly on a mistake of law or fact 4. Was wrong  Strong power of investigation, enter premises, interview witnesses etc  Resisting or obstructing ombudsman is an offence  No power to enforce recommendations  Moral Suasion: A persuasion tactic used by an authority (i.e. Federal Reserve Board) to influence and pressure, but not force, banks into adhering to policy. Special Ombudsman Response Team (SORT)  Major field investigations issues of significant public interest  Results: Dramatic reforms  Lotteries (retailers scamming the individual, individual wins lottery but the retailer gives the individual $10 when he really won $10 million) – types of cases they handle  Go through a process before issue goes to SORT. Ombudsman lawyers try and resolve, if not resolved than investigation is done (emails, calls etc) and if still not resolved than SORT resolves 3 Models of Police Oversight  Dependent: police investigating police, no civilian involvement (most common)  Interdependent: some civilians involvement as well as police investigating  Independent: Civilian: run, no investigation by working police officers Ontario 1990, special investigation unit created after several ypung black men were shot by police in Toronto, Canada’s ONLY fully independent pol
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