November 23, 201523 November 2015
The Ombudsman reviewed a closed meeting held by the Public Works Committee for the Township of Bonfield to discuss the tender process for small equipment. The meeting was closed under the exception for matters permissible to be closed under another act. The municipality believed that the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act permitted the discussion to take place in closed session. The Ombudsman found that the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act does not contain provisions which permit tender discussions to occur in closed session. Therefore, the discussion did not fit within the exception for matters permissible to be closed under another act.