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OPP to investigate ORNGE

Feb. 17, 2012, Toronto - Ontario Provincial Police have been called in to investigate ORNGE, the province's troubled air ambulance service.


February 17, 2012
By The Canadian Press

A source says government officials who were sent in to look at ORNGE's books have asked police to probe some "financial irregularities.''

The agency has been under a cloud of controversy over questionable business practices and high executive salaries.

Health Minister Deb Matthews cleaned house at the agency last month.

She replaced CEO Chris Mazza — who was paid $1.4 million a year — and the entire board of directors.

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The changes came after the auditor general and Ministry of Finance sent audit teams to ORNGE, which receives about $140 million a year to operate a non-profit air medical rescue and transport service.