December 28, 2011

28 December, 2011

City of Hamilton

The Ombudsman found that the City of Hamilton held two improperly closed sessions on June 27, 2011, during which the dissolution of the Board of Directors of Hamilton Entertainment Convention Facilities Inc., as well as a grant request from McMaster University, were discussed.

December 9, 2011

9 December, 2011

Municipality of Lambton Shores

The Ombudsman determined that a meeting arranged by municipal staff to allow community members to discuss concerns about a sewage expansion project with the consulting firm leading the project was not subject to the open meeting rules, as it did not involve the exercise of council's authority or laying the groundwork for future council decision making.

November 29, 2011

29 November, 2011

Town of Larder Lake

Our Office found that the Township of Larder Lake held an emergency meeting on September 1, 2011, without following the necessary procedural requirements, including providing notice to the public and passing a resolution to proceed in camera. We also noted that the Township's procedural by-law did not provide for notice to the public of special and emergency meetings.

September 21, 2011

21 September, 2011

Municipality of Grey Highlands

Our Office found that members of council of the Municipality of Grey Highlands did not contravene the open meeting provisions when they had lunch with staff from a developer of commercial wind turbines.

September 2, 2011

2 September, 2011

Township of Russell

Our Office reviewed a complaint that notice of a Minor Variance Committee meeting was not provided. We found that, although notice of this particular meeting was provided, the Committee did not have its own procedure by-law. Because the Committee is a local board for the purpose of the open meeting provisions, it is required to pass its own procedure by-law, which provides for notice of meetings.

July 26, 2011

26 July, 2011

Township of Howick

Our Office found that Howick Township Council contravened the open meeting requirements when it met behind closed doors to discuss changes to a proposed agreement between the Township and the local Agricultural Society.

July 19, 2011

19 July, 2011

Town of South Bruce Peninsula

The Ombudsman reviewed meetings held by Council for the Town of South Bruce Peninsula between January and March 2011, and found several violations of the open meeting provisions.

July 14, 2011

14 July, 2011

Town of Kearney

The Ombudsman found that the Town of Kearney's Ad Hoc Personnel Committee violated the Municipal Act when it held a closed meeting in April 2011.

July 12, 2011

12 July, 2011

Township of Georgian Bay

Our Office found that Council for the Township of Georgian Bay contravened the open meeting requirements when it met with a local association representing the interests of cottagers.

March 17, 2011

17 March, 2011

Town of Amherstburg

The Ombudsman found that the Town of Amherstburg improperly held a vote during an emergency closed meeting in February 2011 regarding rescinding naming rights for a local recreation complex from a convicted sex offender.

February 3, 2011

3 February, 2011

City of Sault Ste. Marie

The Ombudsman found that Sault Ste. Marie’s Agenda Setting Review Committee, comprised of three council members and two municipal employees, was obligated to comply with the open meeting requirements of the Municipal Act.

January 17, 2011

17 January, 2011

Town of Kearney

The Ombudsman found that two informal gatherings of newly-elected councillors for the Town of Kearney did not violate the Municipal Act, as the councillors had not yet been sworn in and there was therefore no quorum of the current council present. However, these gatherings involved discussions of future council business and were therefore inconsistent with the principles of transparency and openness underlying the open meeting requirements.

January 11, 2011

11 January, 2011

Town of Mattawa

The Ombudsman determined that the Town of Mattawa’s Ad Hoc Heritage Committee held a series of improperly closed meetings.