The Manitoba Ombudsman has launched its new website — ombudsman.mb.ca.
“A fresh, user-friendly website will make our work product more accessible to the public and make it easier for people to contact us electronically,” acting Ombudsman Mel Holley said.
“I’m particularly pleased that we now have the ability to receive online complaints under The Ombudsman Act and The Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act.”
The Manitoba Ombudsman website has several new features:
• Information is grouped into four distinct areas that reflect the four different laws that establish the Ombudsman’s authority to undertake investigations. The Access and Privacy Division section includes information about The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and The Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) and the Ombudsman Division section includes information about The Ombudsman Act and The Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act (PIDA).
• A secure online complaint form for complaints made under The Ombudsman Act.
• A secure online disclosure form for disclosures of wrongdoing (whistleblower complaints) made under PIDA.
• Easy access to the site’s most popular pages — newsletters, annual reports, and news releases.
• A “Dial-Up and Satellite” version of the site with fewer graphics for users without high-speed Internet.
Additional features will be added to the website in the coming months.
“The goal is to make our service more accessible,” Holley said. “This includes making people aware of the diversity and breadth of the work we do, the results we achieve, and the tools we have available for both the public and government decision makers.”
To explore the new Manitoba Ombudsman website, visit ombudsman.mb.ca.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 12, 2013