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City of Niagara Falls

April 14, 202014 April 2020

The Ombudsman reviewed a closed meeting held by council for the City of Niagara Falls. During the meeting, council voted to direct staff and officers of the municipality. The Ombudsman found that the vote was permissible as it was a direction to staff and officers related to council’s in camera discussion.

Township of The North Shore

June 29, 201829 June 2018

The Ombudsman reviewed a closed meeting held by council for the Township of the North Shore relying on the personal matters exception to discuss a vacant council seat. During the closed session, council decided by consensus to fill the vacancy by way of appointment and to direct the mayor to approach a specific individual to determine their interest in the position. Council did not formally vote on these matters. The Ombudsman found that the discussion about whether to proceed by way of appointment should not have been held in closed session, and consequently, this vote should have been in open session. The Ombudsman found that council’s decision to direct the mayor to approach a specific individual, was permissible under s.239(6) of the Municipal Act, 2001.