All municipal councils are required to hold meetings that are open to the public, subject to some exemptions.
As of January 1, 2008, new changes to the Municipal Act come into effect that will allow Ontarians to lodge an official complaint requesting that an investigation be undertaken to determine whether a municipality has complied with the open meeting requirements in section 239. of the Municipal Act, or the procedural by-law (see subsection 238 (2) of the Act) relating to any meeting or part of a meeting that was closed to the public.
Under the Act, municipalities can appoint an investigator who has the function to investigate the complaint in an independent manner. If no investigator is appointed by a municipality, all complaints will, by default, be investigated by the provincial Ombudsman.
On Nov. 26, 2007, Council of the Municipality of Greenstone passed an appointment by-law, By-law 07-49 appointing Local Authority Services Ltd. (LAS) as Investigator.
Should you require additional information, please contact the Clerk by calling 854-1100 ext. 2059 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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Elizabeth (Lisa) Slomke, Clerk
Municipality of Greenstone
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING FROM THE DECEMBER 17, 2007 SPECIAL MEETING OF COUNCIL:
07-306 Moved By Councillor Daiter and Seconded By Councillor Mannisto
THAT effective January 1, 2008, Council establish a fee for processing a Request for a Closed Meeting Investigation of $200.00, which shall be refunded if the LAS Investigator Review Officer rules in favour of the complainant. CARRIED