Auditor general slams sex offender registry
Graduates of Ontario’s driver-education programs are more likely to crash than their untrained counterparts, while the province’s sex offender registry is short millions of dollars and hundreds of names, Auditor General Jim McCarter said yesterday in a scathing assessment of the operations of the Liberal government.
For some reason, the Ministry of Transportation has never investigated why beginner drivers who take a provincially approved course are 62 per cent more likely to get into an accident than drivers who haven’t taken the course, McCarter’s annual report said.
"It’s actually getting worse over time," McCarter told a news conference.
"It started off at 20 or 25 per cent higher likelihood of having a collision, and last year when we looked at the data, it was up to 60 per cent higher risk of a collision."
The wide-ranging report also found hundreds of convicted sex offenders are walking around without having registered with police as required, and that Ontario Provincial Police have spent $9 million meant for the registry on other policing priorities over the last five years.
McCarter also found the Ministry of Health does not adequately monitor pharmacists to identify potential overpayments.