Closed Meeting Investigations
Why are some meetings closed to the public?
Municipal councils, local boards and their committees must meet behind closed doors on occasion to deal with some matters. For example, if a municipality is being sued or if Council is considering purchasing a piece of land or if Council must deal with a labour relations issue then it is appropriate that it be able to do so at a closed meeting. The purpose of such a closed meeting is to receive information or give direction.
Local government in Ontario must be transparent and accountable. To this end, the Province has set the rules for a council, local board or a committee to go into a closed meeting. These rules are found in section 239 of the Municipal Act 2001, as amended. They must be strictly followed.
The permitted reasons for going into a closed meeting are:
As of January 1, 2008 any person or corporation will be able to request that an investigation be undertaken respecting whether a municipality or local board or committee of either, has complied with closed meeting rules outlined in the Municipal Act, 2001 or the applicable procedural by-law.
Through Local Authority Services Ltd., the Municipality of South Bruce has engaged the services of Amberley Gaval Ltd. as the Municipal Closed Meeting Investigator and has authorized it to conduct investigations upon receipt of a complaint in respect of meetings or parts of meetings that are closed to the public. The investigator will determine compliance with the Act or the applicable procedural by-law with respect to closed meetings and will report on the results of such investigations.
In the Municipality of South Bruce, the meetings of the bodies to which this legislation applies are Council, Mildmay Carrick Recreation Managing Committee, Teeswater Culross Community Centre Managing and Recreation Committee, Formosa Hall Managing and Recreation Committee, the Teeswater Town Hall Managing Committee and Mildmay Recreation Committee.
Compliants may be submitted on the established complaint form or via written request. The complaint form can be obtained from the Clerk's Office or by clicking here, compliant form (pdf). All complaints must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked "private and confidential" and contain the following information:
Complaints may be submitted by mail or delivery directly to:
Municipality of South Bruce
and please remember to mark the sealed envelope "PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL"
All complaints will be treated as confidential at all times and will be forwarded directly to Amberley Gavel Ltd.
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