Ontario archives lost hundreds of items

Oopsy! Hundreds of items of historical significance, including a valuable Group of Seven painting, have gone missing over the years from the province’s archives, the Auditor-General noted in his annual report yesterday.

The report found a number of weaknesses in the Archives of Ontario’s inventory control that may have resulted in the losses.

“While progress has been made in the last few years, the Archives of Ontario does not yet have adequate information to ensure that all government records of historical significance are being identified, securely archived and made readily available to the public,” Auditor-General Jim McCarter said.