Is the Canadian Government Failing Its Whistleblowers?

7 years ago, the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act was put through by the federal government, ensuring federal employee whistleblowers  “ironclad” protection – in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s own words. Whistleblowing systems such as the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act are supposed to do two things: prevent any wrongdoing that may affect the public, and … Continued

B.C. MLAs Show Us Their Receipts

Starting September 1, B.C.’s legislative management committee will start to post their expenses (including receipts) online. Alberta has a similar system in use, where their MLAs regularly share their expenses with the public – even breaking them down into categories and supporting them with receipts. Recent indiscretions by MLAs in other Canadian provinces have inspired … Continued

2014 Golden Whistle Award Winner – Sylvie Therrien, Whistleblower

Sylvie Therrien, 2014 Golden Whistle Award Winner Last Monday, POGG Canada and Canadians for Accountability awarded the seventh annual Golden Whistle Award. This Award is presented annually to honour a whistleblower for integrity, courage, and resolve in the service of “Peace, Order and Good Government”. As usual, there were a number of worthy candidates, but … Continued

Charities Maintain High Trust Levels but Warnings Signs Emerge

According to a press release from the Muttart Foundation, Canadian charities continue to enjoy high levels of trust, but there are signs that Canadians expect more from them, according to a study released last fall. Talking About Charities 2013 is the fifth edition of a public-opinion poll commissioned by The Muttart Foundation, a private Foundation … Continued

Whistleblower Protection? NSA Reform – No Comment From Canada?

Last week, US President Barack Obama made a speech addressing the controversy surrounding the NSA’s surveillance tactics.  The president called for a limit to the NSA’s surveillance, saying that the program as it currently exists will be no more. Watch his speech here: Pressure brought on by Edward Snowden’s leaks of around 1.7 million … Continued

Transparency International Canada Calls for Better Protection for Whistleblowers

Better statutory protection for whistleblowers, an enhanced focus by law enforcement on domestic bribery,and public agencies introducing strict sanctions for corruption offenders are among 11 recommendations included in a report released on December 9, 2013, by Transparency International Canada (TI-Canada) for the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) Implementation Review. The report was prepared by TI-Canada with … Continued

Ethics Committee Busy With the Canadian Senate Scandal

The ethics committee responsible for investigating the many facets of the Canadian senate scandals have their hands full this week. Both the NDP and the Liberals have launched inquiries into the Conservative senate’s wrongdoings.  The Liberals hope to have Deloitte senior partners (responsible for the independent audit of senator Mike Duffy’s expenses) brought before the … Continued

How to Avoid Accountability in Ottawa

Where have accountability and responsibility gone to? Is there anyone out there who really cares what has happened? The Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act through the Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner (OPSIC) is supposed to aid whistleblowers and lessen bureaucratic corruption. Under Mario Dion, it was expected to provide a new age of … Continued