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The Ombudsman received a complaint about a closed session held by council for the Municipality of Grey Highlands on October 7, 2020. The municipality happened to have a video recording of the closed meeting, which greatly assisted the Ombudsman’s investigation. Prior to the Ombudsman releasing his report, the municipality committed to video recording all closed meetings going forward. The Ombudsman commended the municipality for adopting this exemplary practice.
The Ombudsman received a complaint about a closed session held by council for the Municipality of Grey Highlands on October 7, 2020. Council discussed plans to proceed with negotiations to enter into a joint venture with a third party and provided staff with directions on a series of matters related to the negotiation. The Ombudsman found that the discussion was permissible under the Act’s closed meeting exception for plans and instructions for negotiations.