Ombudsman Ontario



Ombudsman Ontario

December 05, 2013 13:18 ET

Media Advisory: Ontario Ombudsman to Release Second Annual Report on Investigations of Closed Municipal Meetings-December 11

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 5, 2013) - Ontario Ombudsman André Marin will release his second annual report on enforcing the province's open-meeting law in municipalities across the province on Wednesday, December 11 - at a news conference at 1 p.m. in the Queen's Park Media Studio.

The Ombudsman will discuss transparency at the municipal level and highlight recent cases handled by his office's Open Meeting Law Enforcement Team (OMLET), which has investigated complaints about closed municipal meetings since 2008.

Prior to the news conference, there will be a technical briefing for journalists from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Committee Room 1, where copies of the Ombudsman's report will be available (under embargo until the news conference). Senior staff of the Ombudsman's office will be available to answer questions on background.

Any journalists attending the press conference in person who are not members of the Queen's Park Press Gallery are asked to report to Room 387A of the Legislative Building for passes, or to call Gerald Christopher at 416-325-7922.

Journalists from outside of Toronto are also invited to participate in the news conference by teleconference. Please email Ashley Bursey as soon as possible (abursey@ombudsman.on.ca) with your name and media outlet, and to receive details about how to participate. A full list of participants will be distributed to the Queen's Park Press Gallery. Journalists who are registered for the teleconference will also receive electronic copies of the report (under embargo) at 12 p.m.

The news conference will be streamed live and can be watched online at the Ombudsman's website, www.ombudsman.on.ca, where the full report and media materials will also be posted at 1 p.m. As well, live updates will be posted at the Ombudsman's Twitter account - www.twitter.com/Ont_Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman will also chat live with the public at 3 p.m. at www.ombudsman.on.ca.

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