City of Niagara Falls

City of Niagara Falls

April 14, 2020

14 April, 2020

The Ombudsman received complaints regarding a closed session discussion held by council for the City of Niagara Falls on July 29, 2019.

The Ombudsman received complaints regarding a closed session discussion held by council for the City of Niagara Falls on July 29, 2019. The complaints alleged that council’s discussion did not fit within the Municipal Act’s closed meeting exceptions and that council improperly voted while in closed session. The Ombudsman determined that council’s closed session discussion came within the Act’s closed meeting exception for information supplied in confidence by another level of government and did not contravene the Act’s in camera voting prohibition. However, the Ombudsman encouraged the City to ensure its resolutions to enter closed session provide sufficient information about the subject matter of council’s intended discussion.

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