From 1984 until his mandatory retirement at age 65 in 1989, Daniel G.Hill III served as the third Ombudsman for the Province of Ontario.

The role of the Ombudsman is to advocate on behalf of citizens who feel that they have been mistreated by their government, and Daniel Hill brought the same passion to the job that he had brought, two decades earlier, to the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Photo: Ombudsman swearing-in ceremony, March 21, 1984
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Ombudsman swearing-in ceremony, March 21, 1984
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Photo: Daniel G. Hill with Bob Rae at Ombudsman swearing-in ceremony, March 21, 1984
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Daniel G. Hill with Bob Rae at Ombudsman swearing-in ceremony,
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Photo: David Peterson with Hill family at Ombudsman swearing-in ceremony, March 21, 1984
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David Peterson with Hill family at Ombudsman
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“To me, an Ombudsman’s office is the incarnation of human rights. I really believe this is a human rights agency.  This is a different kind of concept than before when the office was more legalistic.  To me, this is the court of last appeal about injustice-and injustice is about human rights.”

Excerpt from the Windsor Star, “Hill brings compassion to
ombudsman’s office”, January 19, 1985
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Ombudsman Initiatives, 1984-1989
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Ombudsman Initiatives, 1984-1989
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Daniel Hill was proud of his achievements as Ombudsman of Ontario. Among his chief accomplishments, he:

  • reorganized the office
  • set up field offices around Ontario to make his services more widely accessible
  • lobbied on behalf of ordinary Ontarians who had been embezzled in an investment scam
  • argued that the Ombudsman’s office needed more jurisdiction and authority in order to investigate and advocate properly on behalf of Ontarians who had been wronged or insufficiently protected by their government.

The document to the right outlines Hill's initiatives as Ombudsman.

Daniel G. Hill curriculum vitae
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Daniel G. Hill curriculum vitae
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Clipping from the Windsor Star, “Hill brings compassion to ombudsman’s office”, January 19, 1985
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Clipping from the Windsor Star, “Hill brings compassion to
ombudsman’s office”, January 19, 1985
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Clipping from The Sunday Sun, “New Ombudsman’s Ready to Roll with Punches – He’ll fight for little guy”, December 11, 1983
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Clipping from The Sunday Sun, “New Ombudsman’s Ready to Roll with
Punches – He’ll fight for little guy”, December 11, 1983
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Owl cartoon from The Globe and Mail, December 8, 1983
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Owl cartoon from The Globe and Mail,
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Clipping from the Sunday Star, Key to ombudsman in his own roots, July 15, 1984
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Clipping from the Sunday Star, "Key to ombudsman in his own roots", July 15, 1984
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Cover: The Ombudsman of Ontario brochure, At Your Service, [ca. 1984-1988]
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The Ombudsman of Ontario brochure,
"At Your Service", [ca. 1984-1988]
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Cover: The Ombudsman of Ontario brochure, How Your Ombudsman…Can Help You, [ca. 1984-1988]
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The Ombudsman of Ontario brochure,
"How Your Ombudsman…Can Help You", [ca. 1984-1988]
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