Ontario Auditor-General Bonnie Lysyk has released her annual report of the governance of the province Tuesday. Here are five highlights:
NUMBER OF HIGH-PAID EXECUTIVES SWELLS AT ONTARIO POWER GENERATION
The ranks of high-paid executives have swelled at Ontario Power Generation even as the rest of the organization has gone through a down-sizing, the province’s auditor-general revealed Tuesday. And most of those executives received large bonuses – as much as $1.3 million – some more than double their annual pay.
Bonnie Lysyk’s report also found that OPG employees have generous pensions mostly funded by taxpayers, that the agency hired its staff’s family members without going through the normal recruitment process, and gave one information technology company a multi-million dollar sole-source contract.
PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOLS HANDING OUT FAKE DIPLOMAS
Dozens of private high-schools in Ontario may have handed out fraudulent graduation diplomas to students, awarding higher grades than earned or giving credit for courses not attended, says the provincial auditor.
In fiscal 2011/2012, 30 private schools requested and received 1,500 more diplomas than the number of Grade 12 students enrolled in their programs
DOCTOR SHORTAGE PERSISTS DESPITE SPENDING
The government has spent $3.5-billion over the past six years to address a shortage of doctors and other health-care professionals. Despite this, the government has not met its goal of having the right number, mix and distribution of doctors. A third of the hospitals in Northern Ontario have used temporary physician services continuously since 2007.
SCHOOL CAFETERIAS SUFFERING AFTER JUNK-FOOD BAN
Students have flocked to fast-food restaurants following the government’s introduction of healthier food choices in 2010. Sales in school cafeterias plunged by as much as 45 per along with vending machine revenues at three school boards in Ontario.
LAND AMBULANCE RESPONSE GAP
Only 60 per cent of municipalities responded to 90 per cent of their emergency calls within 15 minutes.