April 23, 200923 April 2009
The Ombudsman reviewed a closed meeting held by the Development Services Committee for the City of Oshawa to receive information from a local composting operation related to odour complaints. The meeting was closed under the education or training exception. During the meeting, representatives from the composting operation discussed the rezoning of lands in the vicinity of the facility and the repercussions for the facility’s future plans. The Ombudsman found that while the committee did not deal with council business, the discussion went beyond the scope of education and into the realm of lobbying. Therefore, the discussion did not fit within the education or training exception.