Ministry of Transportation Should Tell Us What We Need to Know
I swear I'm giving serious thought to starting a "dumb as a stump" section in news and views because I come across some real gems. Three yesterday alone.
Today it's the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. To the brand new minister Glen Murray, fix this immediately.
It's about the Star investigation into driving schools. They found 50 such schools that were in operation but did not have licenses from the Ministry of Transportation. Fair enough but now the Star has found out that in the last five years, 477 instructors in the province have had their licenses revoked by the ministry. To which the Star says, give us the names and the reasons why. The Ministry says no you're not getting it. It's not for public consumption because it involves information of a personal nature which makes it confidential.
I hope Glen Murray is saying, hang on a second. People have the right to know this information. If they're paying good money to send their kids to a driving school, they should be able to find out if the school is legit and whether the instructor assigned to teach their kid is qualified to teach. You should be able to go onto the ministry website and look it up, period. To be fair you can go to the site and look up driving schools that have had their licenses revoked. I counted a list of 39 of them up there but based on what the Star has found, that's not even close to the total and there's no listing of individual instructors who have been stripped of their licenses. I don't really care why an instructor was dropped, just knowing they don't have the license tells me all I want to know about whether my son or daughter goes to them.