Learning opportunity

Learning opportunity

June 27, 2017

27 June, 2017

Council for the City of Oshawa held a closed meeting on December 17, 2015, to hear from the city-owned Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation. The meeting was closed under the exception for “education or training,” and the resolution indicated that the corporation would be educating council about “local distribution company trends.”

Council for the City of Oshawa held a closed meeting on December 17, 2015, to hear from the city-owned Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation. The meeting was closed under the exception for “education or training,” and the resolution indicated that the corporation would be educating council about “local distribution company trends.” However, during the closed meeting, council was provided with information about a proposed merger between the corporation and another, and given the opportunity to ask questions about it. Although council did not debate the merger or make a decision, the information presented and the questions asked by councillors materially advanced council’s business and decision-making, constituting an illegal meeting, outside the scope of “education or training.”