PAN AM INVESTIGATION INTO MISSING HARD DRIVES LAUNCHED BY PRIVACY COMMISSIONER

Jun 10, 2016

By Jane Brown

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Concerns about missing hard drives for last year’s Pan Am Games are not going away.

An investigation has been triggered by Ontario’s information and privacy commissioner on the missing records uncovered during an audit of the Pan Am games.

Commissioner Brian Beamish says in a statement, the probe has been prompted by the auditor general’s report on Wednesday that notes the inability to obtain computer hard drives.

Bonnie Lysyk revealed in her report that TO2015 did not hand over all the computer hard drives investigators requested at the outset of the audit.

There is also a call for $5.3 million in bonuses paid to Pan Am executives to be returned. Christine Van Geyn of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation told Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer, they did not meet the criteria to receive those bonuses.

“Part of the bonus structure was supposed to be related to coming in on or under budget and now we know that the government basically misled the public in saying when they made an announcement months ago that the games were on budget,” Van Geyn explained, “We now know the truth now that the auditor general’s come out with her numbers that show they were actually $342-million over budget.”

In addition, New Democrat MPP Paul Miller has written a letter to the Ontario Provincial Police commissioner calling for an investigation on what he calls a potential obstruction of the auditor’s office and the potential of criminal mischief.

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