A closed-door meeting held by a Niagara Region task force in May has been deemed illegal by the acting Ontario ombudsman.
The first meeting of a Niagara Region task force did not follow rules contained in the Municipal Act, the Ontario Ombudsman's office has ruled.
Ontario's ombudsman's office has cleared city council of any wrongdoing after an investigation into a closed-door meeting and two informal get-togethers at a restaurant last spring.
Changes have been put in place for two councils after a closed meeting investigation turned up a violations of the Municipal Act.
Elliot Lake city council is well known to the Ontario ombudsman’s office, and now the new acting ombudsman—Barbara Finlay, has investigated council.
Niagara Falls city council did not violate open-meeting provisions of the Municipal Act in April, despite allegations to the contrary, according to the Ontario ombudsman’s office.
TORONTO — Twenty-eight-year-old Joshua Kadysiewicz has developmental disabilities and despite being a happy, social young man his mother is worried about his future.
A new report from the ombudsman states the town’s move to axe the practice of starting council meetings with a prayer was illegal because the issue wasn’t debated in open session.
The Acting Ombudsman of Ontario has found some fault with the way Brighton council held a closed meeting on May 28 this year.
Democracy can’t exist behind closed doors. The trust we place in elected officials to spend our money and shape our communities is immense, and must be reciprocated with a dedication to openness. Politicians who conduct business in secret meetings violate the principles of good government and create the impression that they are serving special interests. In many cases they are breaking the law, and should face tougher consequences.