Ombudsman report is out but you'll have to wait longer to see Niagara CAO findings

Carmen DAngelo

The Ontario Ombudsman is out with its annual report, but if you were waiting for the Niagara CAO hiring findings, you will have to wait longer.

Paul Dube is still working on the investigation surrounding the hiring and contract extension of former CAO Carmen D'Angelo.

Dube says he is drafting his preliminary findings and recommendations, which still have to be to the region for comment before the final report is released.

The annual Ombudsman report was released this morning stating that the Ontario Cannabis Store was the single most complained about government organization of the past fiscal year.

More than 2,400 Ontario residents complained to the Ombudsman about the government's online marijuana store in the wake of delays and delivery problems.

Dube says his office had to establish a dedicated team to handle the volume of complaints, which included a man receiving an empty box and being told he would have to return it for a refund.

The ombudsman's office says the Ontario Autism Program was one of the other top areas of complaint with 575 complaints received, with all but six of them coming after the government announced a new program in February.