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Town of Carleton Place

January 16, 201416 January 2014

The Ombudsman reviewed a closed meeting held by council for the Town of Carleton Place to discuss litigation filed against the municipality regarding a development/permit dispute. Council met with the municipality’s solicitor and received legal advice about the litigation. The Ombudsman found that the discussion fit within the litigation or potential litigation exception, even though it was not relied on by the municipality, because council was discussing a response to active litigation.

Town of Carleton Place

January 16, 201416 January 2014

The Ombudsman reviewed a closed meeting held by council for the Town of Carleton Place that relied on the exception for solicitor-client privilege to discuss litigation filed against the municipality regarding a development/permit dispute. Council met with the municipality’s solicitor and received legal advice about the litigation. The Ombudsman found that the discussion fit within the exception for solicitor-client privilege.

Town of Larder Lake

April 16, 201316 April 2013

The Ombudsman reviewed a closed meeting held by council for the Town of Larder Lake that relied on the litigation or potential litigation exception to discuss legal correspondence about a building permit infraction. The legal correspondence included a threat of legal action against the municipality. Council considered taking legal action in relation to the matter and provided instructions to legal counsel in order to respond to the letter. The Ombudsman found that the discussion fit within the litigation or potential litigation exception.