Dr. Chris Mazza posing in front of ORNGE helicopter

Dr. Chris Mazza is testifying today before the legislature’s public accounts committee which is looking into the Ornge Air Ambulance matter. Dr. Mazza , a former Emergency Room physician has been accused of self-dealing in the establishment of the arms-length agency which provides Air Ambulance service across the province. More than 7 months after a series of Toronto Star articles and after 6 months of OPP investigation, no charges have been laid against anybody.

Dr Mazza who is represented by Hamilton Lawyer Roger Yachetti has been under doctor’s care since the story broke and was recently cleared to testify. Ontario legislative and parliamentary committees, unlike US congressional committees have limited means of research and legal council; yet are allowed to issue speaker’s warrants forcing individuals to testify. They are generally regarded as highly partisan exercises with little probative value. See the Legislature TV channel.

John Best had enjoyed a lengthy media management career, in television and radio and now print. As Vice President, News at CHCH in Hamilton, John oversaw a significant expansion of the news operation. He founded Independent Satellite News, Canada’s only television news service providing national content to Canadian independent TV stations. John is a frequent political commentator on radio and television, a documentary producer and author of a book and numerous articles on historical and political subjects. John is a past recipient of the New York Festival’s award for writing in the International TV category.

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