All posts tagged accountability

C4A enhances its Board of Directors

As the number and scope of cases handled through Canadians for Accountability grows and expands, we are pleased to announce a few changes and additions.

Allan Cutler has “risen” to the status of Past President while former VP, Bruce Ricketts, has become President.  Additionally we have four new board members with varied backgrounds and skills which will expand the experience of our organization.

Kevin O’Brien is a former MLA and Speaker of the Nunavut Legislature.  He takes the portfolio of Director: Aboriginal Affairs and Fair Elections.

Cheryl Carboni was formerly the Head of Library and Archives Canada’s  Order Section, responsible for managing the library materials purchase program, and was a Branch Administrative Officer.  Cheryl has taken over the role of Intake Officer.  She will be the first person with whom you will talk when you call or email us.

Cynthia Allan is a former Canadian Armed Forces officer.  She is currently a Director-at-Large.

Brian Mickelsen Gamble is a Harvard trained consultant in organizational behaviour.  He has both advised and lead initiatives in large organizations to bring about cultural change, build trust and drive out fear in the workplace.  Brian takes over as VP, Accountability and Special Projects.

You can find more about our Board of Directors in our section ABOUT US .… Read the rest

Unidentified Remains: An Update

Bruce Ricketts

On this blog in April 2014 I discussed a case of a set of Unidentified Remains recovered by the Niagara Regional Police in 1998. In the entry I told of the unusual lengths that the Ontario Coroner and the Niagara Police were going to not release any information on the case. I specifically mentioned a pending DNA analysis which was to be done on the remains so we could compare this to a missing persons (MP) case. Well the fun continues on this case. Here is a bit of an update.

The family of the MP were told by police that the DNA profile had been done by the Coroner but when I met with the Coroner face to face (it took a complaint to the Ontario Ombudsman to get that meeting) I was told that the analysis had NOT been done. Why not? I asked. Apparently the Niagara Police could not find the evidence; including the bones. It was stated that the box in which the evidence was contained had been moved during a renovation sometime in the past 18 years and was only recently found and turned over to the Coroner. While the DNA profile had not be done at the time of the meeting, the Coroner was able to give tell me their description of the evidence and lo and behold, their description did not match that of the Niagara Police from back in 1998.… Read the rest

There’s a failure of leadership in the public service

Ian Bron and Allan Cutler

Three years ago, we attended a conference of government administrators in Victoria, B.C. Wayne Wouters, Clerk of the Privy Council and the most powerful bureaucrat in Canada, was a keynote speaker. Someone asked him what he considered the qualities of the ideal public servant. We expected an answer that included things like integrity, devotion to the public interest, competence, and non-partisanship. Instead, we were treated to his reminiscences of the flag debate in the 1960s.

This says much about the current state of leadership in the public service, how distant it is currently from golden age ideals and out of touch with modern public expectations. The latest federal government re-visioning exercise, Blueprint 2020, reinforces this reality. During Wouters’ recent testimony before a Parliamentary Committee, he patted himself on the back for doing such a fine job, arguing that there was no evidence of a morale problem in the public service. “I want to do a good job. I think I’m doing a good job,” he said.

Wouters is hardly neutral on the subject. However, is he really doing a good job? More broadly, are senior bureaucrats leading the public service well, and, by extension, the working in the public interest?… Read the rest