Ontario’s Ombudsman says Oshawa council acted illegally when it held a closed door meeting in December. Joe Scarpelli caught up with the mayor.
The Ombudsman found that we had held a meeting that he disagreed with the way the meeting was held and we appreciated his comments.”
In a recently released report, Ontario’s ombudsman says Oshawa council contravened the Municipal Act by holding a closed door meeting in December. Discussed in the meeting was a proposed merger between the Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation and Veridian.
At the time, the meeting was deemed an “education and training session” so it could be held in private which led some residents to file complaints.
“That’s what makes this province and this country great is that the public can participate in being part of the process. It’s part of what makes Canada an amazing place.”
Mayor Henry says the report from the private meeting will be present at council on Thursday. That meeting was originally called to appoint a new fire chief but mayor Henry says he’s willing to discuss the report then.
“Going forward we’ll do our best to do better.”