Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Energy Board Outsources Whistleblower Hotline to Private Company

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Energy Board Outsources Whistleblower Hotline to Private Company

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NEB outsources whistleblower hotline

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CALGARY - The National Energy Board is outsourcing its whistleblower hotline to a private company after a consultant criticized flaws in its system to field complaints from tipsters who want to remain anonymous.

The federal agency says it has signed an agreement with Toronto-based ClearView Connects, a confidential reporting service, which is now accepting anonymous calls, letters and emails on the NEB's behalf.

In a report commissioned by the NEB early last year, a consultant warned the system could put staff in direct verbal contact with tipsters and could create an electronic trail identifying tipsters if NEB telephone records were made public.

It cautioned that staff could wind up directly involved in related followup action or be able to identify the tipster and subsequently have to disclose that information under oath during a hearing. …

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