Council cleared of complaint


Deep River council has been cleared of a complaint that it held an improper closed meeting last April.

In a letter to council on the agenda for its regular meeting tonight, Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dube says that following a review, “I have determined that council complied with the open meeting rules when it met in closed session on April 19, 2023 to discuss the town’s organizational structure.”

Dube notes in his letter that since January 1, 2008, the Municipal Act “gives anyone the right to request an investigation into whether a municipality has complied with the Act in closing a meeting to the public.”

Dube says his office received a complaint about the April 19 meeting over concerns that “council’s closed session discussion about the town’s organizational structure did not fit within the exceptions to the open meeting rules.”

Neither the name of the complainant or the date of the complaint are mentioned in Dube’s letter…

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