Mar 23, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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Fiona Crean’s fifth annual report will be her last.

After five years in what’s often been a controversial role as the city of Toronto’s watchdog, she’s announced she’s not interested in returning in November.

The renewal of her term and the future length of the job were expected to be debated at city council next week.

”The debate on reappointment next week promises to be divisive, and I feel this will hurt the office, and its efforts to ensure fairness for the city’s residents.”

A report from city manager Joe Pennachetti recommends the ombudsman’s term be extended¬† to seven years.

Right now the term’s five years with the option for council to renew it just once for another five years.

Council voted last year to put off voting to extend her term until after the November municipal election.

In Rob Ford’s final year as mayor, the ombudsman’s office fielded 22% more complaints than in 2013.

It’s seen a 129% increase since the start of Crean’s term.

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