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Township of South Algonquin

November 19, 202119 November 2021

The Ombudsman reviewed a closed meeting held by the Township of South Algonquin on September 8, 2021. The meeting was closed under the exception for personal matters about an identifiable individual. The Ombudsman concluded that council met in camera to discuss the qualifications and suitability of candidates for a vacant council position. Accordingly, the Ombudsman found that council’s discussion fit within the open meeting exception for personal matters about an identifiable individual.

Town of Plympton-Wyoming

February 10, 202110 February 2021
The Ombudsman investigated a closed session held by council for the Town of Plympton-Wyoming. The meeting was closed under the personal matters exception. Council discussed the employment history and qualifications of two individuals interested in filling a council vacancy. Accordingly, this part of the discussion fit within the personal matters exception. Council also discussed the method to be used to fill the vacancy either a by-election or appointment. The Ombudsman found that this part of the discussion did not concern personal matters of identifiable individuals. According, this part of the discussion was not permitted to be closed to the public.

Township of Johnson

January 13, 202113 January 2021
The Ombudsman investigated a closed session held by the committee of the whole for the Township of Johnson. The committee discussed appointing an individual to fill a council vacancy. During the closed session, the committee discussed the employment history and qualifications of the individuals interested in filling the vacancy. The Ombudsman found that this discussion fit within the personal matters exception. However, the committee voted in closed session to recommend a candidate to fill the council vacancy, contrary to the open meeting rules set out in the Municipal Act.  

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 discussed whether to fill the vacancy by appointment or by by-election, and at least one identifiable individual who could fill the vacancy. The discussion about the identifiable individual involved personal information regarding qualifications and experience. The Ombudsman found that this portion of the discussion fit within the personal matters exception. However, the Ombudsman found that council’s discussion about how to fill the council vacancy (whether by appointment or by-election) did not include any personal information about an identifiable individual. Accordingly, this portion of the discussion did not fit within the personal matters exception.

Township of Billings

October 08, 201408 October 2014

The Ombudsman reviewed a closed meeting held by council for the Township of Billings to discuss candidates to fill a vacant council position. The closed meeting relied on the personal matters exception. During the closed session, council chose a candidate to fill the vacancy but did not discuss any personal information relating to the candidates. The Ombudsman found that the discussion did not fit within the personal matters exception.