2012

December 18, 2012

18 December, 2012

Town of Hearst

The Ombudsman found that Council for the Town of Hearst's review of five applications/letters of interest for the Council seat vacancy was permitted under the Act.

December 11, 2012

11 December, 2012

Town of Blind River

The Ombudsman found that council in the Town of Blind River did not violate the Municipal Act when it held a closed meeting on September 17, 2012.

November 8, 2012

8 November, 2012

City of Sarnia

The Ombudsman found that the Centennial Celebration Committee, comprised of the Mayor of Sarnia, City Manager, and no less than seven citizens, did not meet the definition of "committee" under the Municipal Act and, therefore, was not subject to the open meeting requirements. 

September 28, 2012

28 September, 2012

Municipality of Magnetawan

The Ombudsman found that Council's agenda and resolution to proceed in camera did not accurately reflect the substance of the closed meeting on May 9, 2012.

September 21, 2012

21 September, 2012

Town of Midland

The Ombudsman found that Council for the Town of Midland discussed issues in closed session on multiple occasions between December 2011 and March 2012 in circumstances that were not permitted under the exceptions to the Municipal Act.

September 7, 2012

7 September, 2012

United Townships of Head, Clara and Maria

The Ombudsman found that Council for the United Townships of Head, Clara and Maria did not contravene the Municipal Act at meetings held in October and November 2011. The Ombudsman provided some best practice recommendations to help improve the transparency of closed meetings.

August 30, 2012

30 August, 2012

City of Greater Sudbury

The Ombudsman found that the City of Greater Sudbury did not contravene the open meeting requirements during meetings on October 3 and 12, November 9 and December 14, 2011, during which a personal matter related to an identifiable individual was discussed. However, he did strongly criticize council members for their reluctance to co-operate with the investigative process.

August 30, 2012

30 August, 2012

Municipality of Morris-Turnberry

In reviewing complaints that Council in Morris-Turnberry improperly discussed in closed meetings the development of a local fire department , the Ombudsman found that Council did not always accurately or clearly identify the subject matter to be discussed or the exceptions authorizing the closed meetings. In addition, at the December 20, 2011 meeting, Council strayed from the subject matter permitted in a closed meeting.

August 27, 2012

27 August, 2012

Regional Municipality of Niagara

The Ombudsman found that the Regional Municipality of Niagara's notice practice for advisory committee meetings did not comply with its Procedure By-Law in that agendas were not posted on the website prior to meetings.

August 10, 2012

10 August, 2012

City of Elliot Lake

The Ombudsman found that Council for the City of Elliot Lake violated the Municipal Act when a quorum of council attended a meeting of the Elliot Lake Residential Development Commission on April 16, 2012, and a meeting of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization on April 26, 2012.

August 2, 2012

2 August, 2012

City of London

The Ombudsman found that the City of London did not contravene the open meeting requirements when six members of council met for lunch at a local restaurant on February 21, 2012, prior to a budget meeting and several committee meetings.

July 20, 2012

20 July, 2012

Town of Amherstburg

The Ombudsman found that the Town of Amherstburg did not contravene the open meeting requirements when it received advice subject to solicitor-client privilege in a closed session on January 9, 2012, or when it went in camera on February 13, 2012.

July 3, 2012

3 July, 2012

Town of Fort Erie

The Ombudsman found that Fort Erie Council complied with the open meeting requirements in regard to closed meetings held on July 9 and 16, 2012, however,  they violated the open meeting requirements at two closed meetings in April and May, 2012.

May 24, 2012

24 May, 2012

Township of Tiny

The Ombudsman found that the Township of Tiny's Committee of the Whole's March 26, 2012 closed meeting discussion about the public's reaction to a court decision was not permitted in a closed meeting under the exception "litigation or potential litigation."  In addition, the Ombudsman found that the Committee could have been more transparent in terms of the information provided to the public about the nature of closed meetings held on January 9 and March 12, 2006. 

May 23, 2012

23 May, 2012

Township of Adelaide Metcalfe

The Ombudsman found that the Township of Adelaide Metcalfe did not contravene the Municipal Act during two closed meetings in March 2012.

April 23, 2012

23 April, 2012

City of Niagara Falls

The Ombudsman reviewed three closed meetings in late 2011 and early 2012 and found that the matter discussed was permitted in a closed meeting. However, the Ombudsman found that Council improperly relied on the "security of the property exception" to close two of the meetings and voted on a substantive matter in another closed session, contrary to the Act.

April 18, 2012

18 April, 2012

Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands

The Ombudsman found that Council of the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands violated the open meeting requirements when it considered and voted to approve an increase in Council remuneration behind closed doors.

March 19, 2012

19 March, 2012

City of London - “Occupy London”

The Ombudsman found that London councillors did not violate the Municipal Act when they met in camera to discuss the "Occupy London" protest last November.

February 22, 2012

22 February, 2012

City of Hamilton

The Ontario Ombudsman cautions City of Hamilton councillors they were on thin ice - but finds their breakfast with the Edmonton Oilers' president and local hockey coach didn't break the open meeting law.

January 30, 2012

30 January, 2012

City of Clarence-Rockland

The Ontario Ombudsman reviewed several complaints alleging that improper closed meetings had occurred in Clarence-Rockland between November 2010 and June 2011.

January 6, 2012

6 January, 2012

Town of Amherstburg - “Behind Closed Doors”

The Ombudsman confirmed that the council for the Town of Amherstburg repeatedly contravened the Municipal Act and its own procedure by-law. Council discussed issues in closed session that were not permitted under the exceptions to the Municipal Act, and also routinely engaged in improper voting behind closed doors.