Municipality of West Nipissing

Municipality of West Nipissing

August 31, 2020

31 August, 2020

The Ombudsman received a complaint alleging that closed meetings held by council for the Municipality of West Nipissing on April 20th and May 26th were not audio or video recorded, contrary to requirements in the municipality’s procedure by-law. The Ombudsman’s review found that the April 20th meeting was the first closed council meeting held remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that due to inadvertence, no audio or video recording was taken of these meetings as no one participated from council chambers where the recording equipment was located. The municipality told our Office that it had recorded all closed meetings after May 26 in accordance with the procedure by-law, and that the municipality has apologized for the recording oversight at a recent council meeting.

The Ombudsman received a complaint alleging that closed meetings held by council for the Municipality of West Nipissing on April 20th and May 26th were not audio or video recorded, contrary to requirements in the municipality’s procedure by-law. The Ombudsman’s review found that the April 20th meeting was the first closed council meeting held remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that due to inadvertence, no audio or video recording was taken of these meetings as no one participated from council chambers where the recording equipment was located. The municipality told our Office that it had recorded all closed meetings after May 26 in accordance with the procedure by-law, and that the municipality has apologized for the recording oversight at a recent council meeting.

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