Ombudsman Ontario



Ombudsman Ontario

March 08, 2013 10:00 ET

Ombudsman to Investigate Gathering of London Councillors

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 8, 2013) - Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today announced a formal investigation into complaints that members of London city council held an improper in camera meeting at a local restaurant on February 23. The Ombudsman's office received 60 complaints that the gathering might have violated the open meeting requirements of the Municipal Act.

The decision comes after the Ombudsman assigned members of the Special Ombudsman Response Team (SORT) to conduct a preliminary assessment of the complaints - the most his office has received relating to a single incident since it began dealing with municipal closed meetings in 2008. SORT investigators will work with the Ombudsman's Open Meeting Law Enforcement Team (OMLET) on the case.

The Ombudsman is the closed meeting investigator for the city of London, as well as 190 other municipalities across Ontario.

More information about the Municipal Act rules on open meetings and the Ombudsman's investigations of closed meeting complaints can be found here: http://www.ombudsman.on.ca/Investigations/Municipal-Meetings/Municipal-FAQ.aspx

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