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Norfolk County

November 07, 201607 November 2016

The Ombudsman reviewed a closed meeting held by council for Norfolk County that relied on the exception for solicitor-client privilege to discuss the development of a site specific zoning by-law. The municipality’s solicitor was present during the meeting and provided advice to council pertaining the different options for the zoning by-law and possible appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) pending council’s decision. The Ombudsman found that council’s discussion fit within the exception for solicitor-client privilege.

Norfolk County

November 07, 201607 November 2016

The Ombudsman reviewed a closed meeting held by council for the County of Norfolk that relied on the litigation or potential litigation exception to discuss the development of a site-specific zoning by-law. The Ombudsman noted that the municipality was aware that identifiable individuals planned to file an appeal of the enacted site-specific zoning by-law to the Ontario Municipal Board. The Ombudsman found that council’s discussion fit within the litigation or potential litigation exception because there was a reasonable prospect of litigation with respect to the site-specific zoning by-law.

Township of North Dumfries

October 23, 201323 October 2013

The Ombudsman reviewed a closed meeting held by council for the Township of North Dumfries to discuss matters before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Council received an update on the matters from the municipality’s solicitor. Although not relied upon by the municipality, the Ombudsman found that the discussion fit within the exception for solicitor-client privilege.

Township of Tiny

February 01, 201301 February 2013

The Ombudsman reviewed a closed meeting held by council for the Township of Tiny to discuss possible amendments to the zoning by-law. Council received legal advice from the municipality’s solicitor regarding the possibility of future litigation as a result of the proposed amendments. Although not relied upon by the municipality, the Ombudsman found that the discussion fit within the exception for solicitor-client privilege.

Township of Woolwich

January 31, 201331 January 2013

The Ombudsman reviewed a closed meeting held by council for the Township of Woolwich to discuss a proposed aggregate pit. During the meeting, the municipality’s solicitor provided an update to council on the status of mediation before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) concerning the aggregate pit, and council reviewed draft minutes of settlement. While not relied upon by the municipality, the Ombudsman found that council’s discussion fit within the exception for solicitor-client privilege.

Town of Kearney

January 17, 201117 January 2011

The Ombudsman reviewed a closed meeting held by council for the Town of Kearney that relied on the litigation or potential litigation exception to discuss a rezoning application. As with any rezoning matter, there is the possibility that council’s decision would be appealed. However, the possibility of appeal is not sufficient to bring a matter within the realm of potential litigation. The Ombudsman found that council lacked the degree of certainty necessary to make the potential for litigation a reasonable prospect. Therefore, the matter did not fit within the litigation or potential litigation exception.