Volume 91, Issue 82
Thursday, March 5, 1998
Ombudsperson avoids pressure to conform
By Sandra Dimitrakopoulos
One of the most important lessons Jamieson said she learned from all of her experiences, is the ability to keep a balance and protect against the pressure to conform a balance which was difficult in the times of real barriers. "It is very important to learn to look in the mirror and keep that balance."
As a young lawyer, Jamieson focused on property laws and the adversarial aspect of the law, yet she now deals with over 30,000 complaints as Ombudsman of Ontario a role which allows her to see the changes occurring in government and their effect.
"It has become all about money and just because we're in a time of fiscal restraint does not mean we can't treat people fairly," Jamieson said. "My concern is bookkeepers are deciding our our social destiny but are only reading one side of the ledger."
Jamieson said she believes only by embracing diversity will we find answers to complex questions and we must begin to understand our multidimensional world. "We don't need to be cookie-cutter Canadians," Jamieson said. "I look forward to a society where it is no longer a novelty to have a Mohawk woman become a lawyer."
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