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Auditor General report questions OPG, health food options at schools

The provincial auditor general raised questions over the way business is done at Ontario Power Generation during her annual report at Queen’s Park on Thursday.

Bonnie Lysyk said salaries, pensions and bonuses at OPG are “significantly more generous” compared to other public service organizations.

Although she acknowledged that the OPG has cut staff, she stated that there’s been an increase of about 60 per cent in the number of highly paid executives and senior management since 2005 which she says has had an impact on electricity rates.

She also pointed out that OPG has contributed “disproportionately more” to its pension plan that its employees have, said Lysyk.

“The employer-employee contributions ratio at OPG has been around 4:1 or 5:1, significantly higher than that 1:1 ratio” in the public service, she said. “OPG is also solely responsible for financing its pension deficit, about $555 million in its latest actuarial valuation.”

When it comes to the implementation of healthy food options at high schools, Lysyk pointed out that cafeteria sales have fallen 25 to 45 per cent since the program started and that students still prefer to eat at fast food restaurants.

As well she stated that there is no formal monitoring to ensure students in grades one though eight get 20 minutes of daily physical activity during instruction time, and the three boards she examined admitted their students did not get the required 20 minutes.

Lysyk also says Ontario has quadrupled autism funding over the last decade but there are more children waiting for government-funded services than those receiving them.

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With files from The Canadian Press