Ontario Ombudsman André Marin’s report into secrecy in municipal government contains good news and bad news. The good news? Citizens across the province are increasingly upset about local governments that conduct democratic business behind closed doors, and they are complaining in growing numbers.
We're number two! A questionable distinction, perhaps, as Greater Sudbury came close to topping the list of municipalities whose residents filed complaints with the Ontario Ombudsman's office in the past year. In the ombudsman's Open Meeting Law Enforcement Team (OMLET) annual report released Wednesday, Sudbury was 10 shy (54 complaints, versus London's 64) of cracking the top spot.
There are Ontario municipal councils “addicted” to secrecy going to great lengths to keep their residents in the dark, ombudsman André Marin says. Marin’s second annual report on local government transparency delivered Wednesday found that 19 of 96 meetings investigated by his office were found to be illegal because they violated the Municipal Act guidelines.
Municipal politicians who break Ontario laws forbidding secret meetings should face formal penalties, Ontario’s ombudsman says. While releasing a year-end report on local government transparency provincewide, Andre Marin called on Queen’s Park to add punishments for individual politicians who break the no-consequence laws.
Ottawa police are not happy with Ontario ombudsman André Marin over comments he made at a meeting with this paper’s editorial board earlier this week. Police Chief Charles Bordeleau and police association president Matt Skof may be peeved by some of Marin’s observations, but let us not lose sight of the big picture.
Ontario ombudsman André Marin met the Citizen editorial board this week to talk about the job and its challenges. Here are excerpts from the meeting, in Marin’s words.
The city's former top cop Vern White will join an Ombudsman investigation probing police de-escalation.
Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin announced Tuesday that Hon. White, and Mike Boyd, former Edmonton police chief and former deputy chief of the Toronto force, will be special advisors.
The Ontario government should issue binding de-escalation directives to the province's police on dealing with aggressive and emotionally distressed people, ombud Andre Marin said Tuesday.
It's not the mayor's erstwhile 'Fontana 8' voting bloc, but the group of seven who lunched in a restaurant backroom is now just as notorious, after the Ombudsman ripped their gathering as an illegal, secret meeting.
Ontario Ombudsman André Marin says London, Ont. restaurant gathering was betrayal of public trust.