Conflict report to cost $12,000

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Local resident Larry Dumoulin’s latest salvo against members of Deep River council may have fizzled, but the town is still paying a price for it – $12,150 to be exact.

Council was in receipt last week of the invoice for integrity commissioner Guy Giorno’s invoice for work on Dumoulin’s conflict of interest complaint against three members of town council last fall.

Giorno is a lawyer at Fasken Martin DuMoulin LLP Barristers and Solicitors of Toronto.

His invoice shows a total of 14.8 hours previously billed in 2023 and so far in 2024 at a cost of $300 an hour, for a total of $4,440, plus a further 25.7 hours this year not yet invoiced.

That comes to a further cost of $7,710, for a combined total of $12,150 up to and including April 29 this year.

The amounts do not include HST.

Dumoulin’s complaint accused Reeve Glenn Doncaster and Councillors Will Fitton and Terry Myers of contravening the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (MCIA) when they voted in favour of a resolution last September dealing with the proposed “request for proposals” around Atomic Energy of Canada’s renewal of the government-owned, contractor-operated contract for Canadian Nuclear Laboratories…

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