Ombudsman Ontario

Ombudsman Ontario

November 14, 2008 14:59 ET

Media Advisory: Ombudsman to Launch Guide to Province's Sunshine Law on Monday

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2008) - Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin will officially present his office's new publication, The Sunshine Law Handbook, to Mayor Mike Bradley of Sarnia on Monday, Nov. 17. The presentation marks the release of the Handbook - the first public guide to the province's new system of enforcing open meetings in all municipalities.

As of January 2008, the Municipal Act allows members of the public to complain about municipal meetings that are improperly held behind closed doors. The Ombudsman investigates these complaints in all municipalities that have not appointed their own investigator - about 200 across the province. To date, the Ombudsman has handled about 100 complaints about closed meetings and published two investigative reports.

The Ombudsman is sending The Sunshine Law Handbook free of charge to every mayor and councillor in Ontario's 445 municipalities, and it is available to the public from the Ombudsman's office or online at www.ombudsman.on.ca. It contains excerpts from relevant legislation, tips for councillors and complainants, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Mayor Bradley has been a strong supporter of "sunshine" legislation and government transparency for many years. He and Mr. Marin will be available to discuss this topic on Monday, Nov. 17, after 1 p.m.


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