The ever-expanding eHealth blast radius

Post by Mike Klassen in


Min. David Caplan
And then there was...none. Ontario's Minister of Health resigns today in the wake of the eHealth scandal

The ravages of the eHealth Ontario scandal seem to be boundless, yet one figure with a local connection seems to be unscathed. David Caplan, Ontario's Minister of Health has resigned, on the eve of the release of a report on the mismanagement of the eHealth Ontario debacle. Add Caplan's name to a long list of others who have either been fired, or resigned in disgrace in the wake of the massive waste of public funds.

Unbelievably, the person who is the veritable symbol of the eHealth mess, Vancouver's City Manager "PowerPoint" Penny Ballem, has raised not a single eyebrow from local media. The story has garnered considerable attention back east, however. Penny has earned the nickname as "PowerPoint Penny" because of her knack for delivering information in this proprietary Microsoft format. A single PowerPoint is also the only tangible result of her $33,000 worth of services done in five weeks as an eHealth consultant, according to an FOI filed by

The fact that Ballem began working for eHealth at her $380/hour rate (plus meal allowance) without a contract and without any competitive bids is one of the main reasons the eHealth Ontario scandal erupted. According to reports, her $3,000 daily rate was the highest among all of eHealth's consultants. The Globe and Mail's Karen Howlett, who has been doing some of the best reporting on eHealth, revealed that the damning auditor's report to come out Wednesday shows that the Health Ministry has been for years awarding contracts without competitive bids.

Ms. Ballem when questioned about her connection to the eHealth story shrugged it off. She suggested she was part of an exclusive club of public health consultants, the only ones qualified to handle the work. The fact that Ballem and other consultants didn't have to compete with other suppliers in the marketplace is likely one of the reasons the pool of suppliers was so shallow.

The Health Minister, eHealth's CEO, the Chairman of eHealth's board, and many others have all lost their jobs and lost face for their part in the eHealth Ontario mess. Will others finally be accountable, too?


"The Health Minister, eHealth's CEO, the Chairman of eHealth's board, and many others have all lost their jobs and lost face for their part in the eHealth Ontario mess."
"lost their jobs and lost face...?" How about "lost freedom?" Meaning going where their place is, among their corrupted, lying, scheming friends and foes, behind bars, looking forward to monthly conjugal visits and canned tuna. Really, your post is too polite, showing too much respect to these porkers. It is an insult to everybody's intelligence and confirms what I've been saying for so long, it seems that higher on the food chain they are, less likely to be held accountable they become. In other words, waste (in fact "waste" is elegant for "stealing" or "defraud") $$ Millions and face "losing face", steal a Kit Kat...go to jail.
Pathetic ! Is the eHealth circus going to hit town, this town? Any chances to see some retribution? Not likely, but one can only hope!

you have to remember (profit or making money) is "not" a crime, it is necessary to live, thats all these people did, they soaked us for as much as they could, although that 33,000 dollar bill for a single power point report seemed to excessive, thats what it is all about people, Profit , only in Canada or any of the free countries can this be done. the problem is greed and favoritism.

Its the culture we live in. it will go on unfortunately .

IK, you may be correct, but thanks to internet we're seeing a little more accountability. There will still be abuses, but it's getting much harder to hide these days.

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