MEDIA ADVISORY: Ontario Ombudsman to release report on Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN investigation on August 10

August 9, 2010

Ontario Ombudsman André Marin will release his latest special report on Tuesday, August 10 – at a news conference at 11 a.m. in the Queen’s Park Media Studio.

He will report on his investigation into the decision-making process of the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB LHIN), including its approach to its mandate of “community engagement” in dealing with proposals for the restructuring of health services in Hamilton and the Niagara region.

Prior to the news conference, there will be a technical briefing for journalists from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. in Committee Room 230, where copies of the Ombudsman’s report will be available to the media and stakeholders (under embargo until the news conference).  Senior members of the Ombudsman’s staff will be available to answer questions on background.  Journalists who are not members of the Queen’s Park Press Gallery are asked to report to Room 387A of the Legislative Building for passes, or call Gerald Christopher at 416-325-7922.  Journalists who are unable to attend the briefing may arrange to have embargoed materials sent to them electronically (see Communications contacts below).

When the news conference begins at 11 a.m., the full report and media materials will be posted online at the Ombudsman’s website, www.ombudsman.on.ca . During the news conference, live updates will be posted at the Ombudsman’s Twitter account – www.twitter.com/Ont_Ombudsman.  Video of the news conference will be streamed live and visible at www.ombudsman.on.ca or www.qik.com/Ont_Ombudsman.  It will also be posted later at www.YouTube.com/OntarioOmbudsman .  

Mr. Marin will also be available to answer out-of-town media questions via conference call at 2 p.m.  To register for and participate in the conference call, journalists should contact one of the Communications staff listed below.

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For further information, please contact:

Linda Williamson
Director of Communications
Tel: 416-586-3426
[email protected]

Patricia Tomasi
Communications Officer
Tel: 416-586-3402
[email protected]

Elena Yunusov
Communications Officer
Tel: 416-586-3521
[email protected]