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You're paying too much, waiting too long and your kids don't want to eat healthly food. 

The province's Auditor General's scathing annual report delved into 10 different areas of government workings. 

Bonnie Lysyk revealed you're paying as much as you do for electricity because of how much people are being paid at Ontario Power Generation. She says 62 per cent of OPG staff were on the Sunshine List, making more than $100,000 a year. That works out to about 8,000 employees. 

She says it's a top-heavy organization, underlining while it's reduced overall staff by 8.5 per cent it's increased the number of high-paid senior executives. 

The audit also shows one OPG employee billed taxpayers for $392,000 in moving expenses. 

As for OPG pensions, the employer contribution rate is up to five times that of the rest of the public service. The top five OPG executives will be eligible for annual pensions of up to $760,000 when they retire. 

The report shows maintenance and custodial services at OPG were staffed at 170 per cent the industry standard. 

When it comes to Service Ontario, Lysyk says there are transaction error rates of 40 per cent when you go to to do something in-person. She says customer wait times were a lot longer than 15 minutes. 

Lysyk says service delivery costs need to go down and customer satisfaction and error rates need to be monitored. 

She says the province also missed the mark on getting people to go online instead of to a Service Ontario outlet. Only half of the target 60 per cent clicked on the website to get a renewal done. 

She reveals thousands of health cards and drivers licenses that are still circulating belong to people who have died. 

Lysyk's report also shows that:

- Despite school cafeterias offering healthier food choices, their sales have plummeted by 25-45 per cent because students go to fast food places instead. 

- The province doesn't monitor if your kids get 20 minutes of daily exercise at school. 

- Provincially funded and trained medical specialists leave the province after they graduate. Ontario spends about $780,000 to train each one. 

- Waits for orthopaedic surgeries can be as long as 326 days after seeing a specialist. 

- The Ministry of Education provides little oversight over private elementary schools, which could lead to sub-standard curriculum and health or safety issues. 

- The Auditor says there is a risk some private schools are operating unlicensed daycares. 

- Lysyk reveals since hospitals have their own eligibility policies, patients looking for rehab services across the province may be treated differently. 

- Ontario parks cleaning and maintenance standards may no longer be appropriate, given there are 40 per cent more visitors at the parks since they were established. 

- The province doesn't have enough information to assess whether its efforts to prevent domestic violence are working. It also doesn't know how adequate its services for abused women and children are. 

- Land Ambulance times were not consistent across the province, with 60 per cent of the municipalities looked at responded to most of their emergency calls within 15 minutes. 

- Even though the Ministry of Children and Youth Services quadrupled autism funding over the past 10 years, more children with autism are waiting to be helped than those receiving services. 

- The Auditor says selling off Ontario Northland Transport may end up costing the the government as much as $820 million. The province estimated it would save almost $265 million over three years. 

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  1. john posted on 12/10/2013 03:19 PM
    DOH ! u think .
  2. Karl Burgin posted on 12/10/2013 03:24 PM
    Um...why are they telling us stuff we already know.
    It's almost like we're yelling on the mountain top, and they finally got wind of our echo.

    The auditor general should audit city hall- and give a report of how much gravy there is still, and how much good Ford has done. And also recommend shrinking council- as we can all see is heavily bloated with frail and useless people. Then we could finally put some of the hated spew to rest.
  3. KarenW_5 posted on 12/10/2013 06:48 PM
    I have been saying for months we need to see an organizational chart of the government including all ministries, agencies, bureaucracies, management, employees. There are way too many people in middle management taking the money away from us ordinary citizens. This report is disgusting and so sad. Everyone should loose their jobs. Clean house, start over, all ministries. Take a look at the Sunshine List, it's unbelievable. Then take a look at the school boards and the number of people paid through the Education Ministry before one dime gets to the schools. And, I would trust the Private Schools before any public school in ensuring my children were properly and more than adequately schooled.
    Sign me - disgusted from Burlington
  4. Ernie posted on 12/10/2013 07:04 PM
    I think that the energy minister should loose his job too - If he didn't know all this before the auditor's report then he is incompetent. If he did know - he is stupid!
  5. Greg posted on 12/10/2013 08:52 PM
    OPG - Just another example of "Executive Culture". The attitude of "I get mine and to hell with the taxpayers". But, I guess we have to pay the big bucks in order to attract the "best and brightest" right?

    Service Ontario - Well, when you're the only game in town, why would you provide good, efficient service? What private business would tolerate a 40% transaction error rate?

    Healthy School Choices - Whoda thunk it? Kids wanna eat crap. And if the school doesn't provide it, they'll go get it elsewhere. It's almost like they have free will or something.
    1. REALITY BITES posted on 12/10/2013 10:13 PM
      @Greg Oh you of little knowledge.

      1. The OPG is a pseudo PRIVATE creation of the Mike Harris regime;
      2. Serice Ontario is a PRIVATE creation as well
      3. School meals are sourced outside and are PRIVATE.

      How's all that working out for you "contards"?
  6. David posted on 12/10/2013 10:16 PM
    Just another example of government pigs feeding at the trough of our money. Oink! Oink!
  7. Nicholas posted on 12/10/2013 11:31 PM
    It's ironic that even more health follies should come to light today. Wasn't it just this morning that Jerry Agar was talking about that idiot Wynne's decision to provide healthcare to all and sundry including failed refugee claimants?

    The provincial Liberals are so willing to spend, and so utterly inept, it's sickening.
  8. Terri A posted on 12/11/2013 07:34 AM
    This report is based on 10 years. Much different in the last couple years There is a hiring freeze, there are wage freezes, and staff reductions in place. Yes it top heavy and unusual expenses. Name another government or public company that isn't. Yes that's not a good excuse HOWEVER lets not lose sight of the real reasons that our hydro bills are going to go up.

    1 billion plus - gas plant cancellations
    Billions plus for so-call green energies that are paid first at a higher cost per kilowatt and grossly inefficient and will always be inefficient when compared other technologies
  9. Frankie posted on 12/11/2013 09:32 AM
    Fire the board! Firing those 3 people is merely optics. You have thousands that are overpaid and probably thousands more employees than needed. The fired employees will be paid severance so there won't be a saving.

    This government is so incompetent they couldn't run a monopoly on a lemonade stand without losing money.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 12/11/2013 10:18 AM
      @Frankie The very sad part of all this, is that if you probably took a poll of the chances the Liberals winning the next election, the numbers may actually the same or go up.
      People may be outraged a little bit, but 'sheep-le' (like REALITY BITES) would still vote Liberal. And unfortunately there is a large segment of the population (most of which I assume reside in Toronto), who are just as dumb, blind, naive, sadomasochistic, or all of the above, that will still vote for this government.
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