The Central Ombudsman’s Board of Accession (COBA) is pleased to acknowledge the sense of anticipation you had for this week, which we know you have had marked in your calendars for months: Ombudsman Heritage Week (OHW). During Ombudsman Heritage Week, we celebrate the vital role that the ombudsman’s profession has played in the shaping of civilization from ancient times to modern.
For our first celebratory act, we visit the place where the ombudsman’s craft truly came of age: Canada. This great nation’s fine institutions have held a historically celebrated role for the craft of ombudsmanry. It was at this time that COBA, in coordination with Canada’s ruling Canadian Curling Assocation, decided to introduce this previously secretive profession to a grateful public via the new medium of television. From that limited summary of this decades-past program:
Ombudsman invited viewers to inform the show of run-ins with institutions and with government and corporate bureaucracy. A staff researchers investigated legitimate complaints of personal injustice and attempted to settle matters. Succeeding seasons attempted to expand the breadth of the show’s concerns, and to deal with Canadians’ search for justice in a comprehensive way. In particular, regular programs concerned issues of government accessibility and secrecy.
(NB: There are some major inaccuracies in this description. First of all, under benevolent CCA guidance, there were never any run-ins with institutions and government. No complaints were found legitimate—COBA activities during this time ensured that it were so. Canadians do not and have never had to search for justice—justice is implicit in the presence of møøse.)
Eventually, this television program wound down because COBA-awareness had pervaded Canadian society, making it redundant. As millions of Canadians chose to adopt the ombudsman’s creed, the whole nation became a sea of virtuous neutrality and impartiality, most well-known in Canada commitment to multiculturalism and peacekeeping. Truly, between COBA and its Canadian partner the CCA, the ombudsman’s heritage is well preserved.
TOMORROW: The ombudsmen of the insect world.