Monday, April 02, 2007

So very, very sad...

Man who sparked probe of Ontario lottery agency dies
Last Updated: Monday, April 2, 2007 | 6:33 PM ET
CBC News

A man who launched a legal battle that exposed the problems within Ontario's lottery agency died Monday at 83 — only three days after getting a letter of apology from the corporation.

Bob Edmonds, who lived about 100 kilometres northeast of Toronto in Coboconk, succumbed to cancer in hospital after a long battle with the disease — before getting his hands on the letter delivered Friday by the government-owned Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

"Although he knew about the letter before he passed away, he never got to read it," Edmonds's lawyer, Alan Rachlin, told CBC News.

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(He might have had the apology in November if the lottery corporation and the government hadn't decided to tough out the CBC TV expose on his case, rather than do the right thing by apologizing, settling up and cleaning house at the OLG.
I suspect the McGuinty government is taking a long, hard look at their "low road" brand of communications strategy after this, and the disaster in Parkdale-High Park, where they tried to smear a United Church minister)
Her's a link to the CBC story, with a picture of the poor old victim. At least the province is finally paying his legal fees. I wonder how many sales the OLG has lost. Here's a link to a timeline showing the trouble for Edmonds began in 2001, but peaked in 2005. The Ontario government, mainly during the McGuinty regime, spent about $450,000 on legal fees in this case. Great PR, guys!

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