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.
City council holds its meetings in public, as it should. The principle of politicians meeting in the presence of their electors is a linchpin of democracy, permitting the public to scrutinize and make judgements about the actions and attitudes of their representatives. Along with the right to access government documents, such publicity is fundamental to good government. We take it as axiomatic that if transparency and accountability are to have practical relevance, then the business of the public must be conducted in public.
The Toronto Sun spoke with Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin about his office's new responsibility of overseeing the province's 82 school boards.
Parents in disputes with schools and school board’s now have an independent investigator ready to help — Ontario’s ombudsman.