12/12/2012 01:01 EST | Updated 02/11/2013 05:12 EST

Ontario Auditor General's Report For 2012: The Highlights


TORONTO - Ontario auditor general Jim McCarter released his 2012 annual report today. Here are some highlights:

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— The province plans to write off $1.4 billion of $2.4 billion in unpaid taxes, almost all of it from businesses.

— Metrolinx, the transportation planning agency, has trouble controlling project costs and Presto will be among the most expensive fare-card systems in the world at more than $700 million in development fees.

— The Drive Clean program for cars and light trucks does little to help reduce vehicle emissions.

— Waiting lists for long-term care homes have tripled since 2005, and last year 15 per cent of patients on a list last year died before getting into a home.

— Up to 30 per cent of x-rays, ultrasounds and CT scans done at 800 privately-owned clinics are unnecessary, but not enough people are being tested for breast, colorectal and cervical cancers.

— Overtime cost for Ontario Provincial Police officers jumped 60 per cent since 2004 to $53 million in 2011/12.

— The OPP cannot find 200 vehicles listed in its fleet database.

— Forty-three per cent of adult criminal charges are withdrawn or stayed in Ontario, which also has the lowest rate of convictions in Canada at 56 per cent, but officials don't know why.

— The Ministry of Education did not adequately oversee a plan to raise the high school graduation rate among aboriginal students, which is at 45 per cent, compared with 74 per cent for the general population.