Alberta Ombudsman Releases an Investigation Report into PDD Program

Alberta Ombudsman finds inadequate Regulation impacts benefit access for people with developmental disabilities. The Alberta Ombudsman has released a public report on his investigation into the Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program which found systemic issues in how the program assesses intellectual capacity. The investigation, initiated by a complaint from a mother advocating for her…

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Bridging the Gap and Forging Connections

This January marks Kevin Brezinski’s one-year anniversary in office since he began as Alberta Ombudsman and Public Interest Commissioner. We sat down with the Ombudsman to ask about his time in these two important roles and his plans for the future.     “Serving the public and conducting investigations was integral throughout my career in policing. Early on,…

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Alberta Ombudsman Reports on Year’s Top Cases

Kevin Brezinski releases his office’s 56th annual report highlighting fairness outcomes from the 2022-23 fiscal year.   Investigations into complaints of unfair treatment resulted in recommended solutions across a myriad of issues this year. Featured early in the report is an investigation into an environmental complaint related to longstanding foul odours in west Edmonton. As reported in…

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Enhancing Fairness and Transparency: An Investigation into Alberta’s Criminal Code Review Board

Alberta Ombudsman releases own motion investigation report into the Criminal Code Review Board Every Albertan has the right to fair treatment when accessing public services. As an independent Officer of the Legislative Assembly, the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction includes the Criminal Code Review Board (CCRB).  The CCRB serves both the patient and the public and is responsible…

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Annual Ombuds Day is Every Second Thursday in October

Join us in celebrating the 6th annual Ombuds Day!  What is Ombuds Day?   Every year on the second Thursday of October, the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section Ombuds Committee and Ombuds Day Subcommittee invite us to celebrate Ombudsman Day. It’s a day dedicated to bringing awareness to a profession that has quietly played a…

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Honouring National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The Reconciliation Garden, Kihciy Maskikiy/Aakaakmotaani Now Open to the Public The Opening Ceremony On Friday, September 29th, the Reconciliation Garden ‘Kihciy Maskikiy / Aakaakmotaani’ opened to the public in honour of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Our office was grateful to have been given the invitation to attend the opening ceremony. This garden and…

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Black History Month – The Ombudsman meets with the African Canadian Civic Engagement Council

EDMONTON – Alberta Ombudsman, Kevin Brezinski and his staff met with the African Canadian Civic Engagement Council (ACCEC) today. The organization, led by Executive Director and President, Dunia Nur, is a national public affairs organization that promotes and strengthens opportunities for African, Caribbean, Black and Racialized Communities. “ACCEC’s research initiatives speak to the lived experiences…

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Kevin Brezinski Takes the Helm as Alberta’s New Ombudsman and Public Interest Commissioner

A swearing-in ceremony for the leader of two independent offices of the Alberta Legislative Assembly took place today. Kevin Brezinski is Alberta’s tenth Ombudsman and third Public Interest Commissioner, accepting a five-year appointment to the dual roles. As an independent Officer of the Legislative Assembly, Brezinski will lead investigative operations for both offices. “Hearing I…

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Collaboration Across Borders

The Alberta Ombudsman and Public Interest Commissioner’s offices welcomed distinguished guests from Nigeria this week. The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, is a special committee of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with powers of oversight functions and mandate to consider all petitions from Nigerians, both public and private. The…

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