2 government managers cleared to return to work
Two managers in Saskatchewan's Ministry of Social Services have been cleared to return to their jobs after a lengthy investigation concluded they had done nothing improper.
The managers, based in the ministry's Saskatoon offices, had been placed on paid administrative leave in February while an independent investigator looked into their actions.
At the time, there were allegations the managers had been moving children in foster care from home to home in an effort to mask a problem with overcrowding.
A lengthy investigation has found that the concerns were unfounded. Officials told CBC News on Tuesday that the managers would be back behind their desks within a week.
"What was found is that there weren't concerns that needed actions around these two individuals," Bob Wihlidal, an assistant deputy minister for social services, told CBC News. "All the concerns were unsubstantiated."
Wihlidal refused to provide details about the precise nature of the allegations or release any information showing how the matter had been examined.
"I can't discuss the details of those concerns or the process or the results," Wihlidal said. "I can confirm that the concerns were not well founded and were all unsubstantiated."
While the allegations concerning the movement of children were not substantiated, Saskatchewan's Children's Advocate, Marvin Bernstein, did issue a special report in February outlining a number of concerns with the province's foster care program, including issues around overcrowding.