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Feb 5th, 2014
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BY STEVEN SHRYBMAN, OTTAWA CITIZEN On Feb 4, the federal government tabled Bill C-23, the Fair Elections Act, to amend the Canada Elections Act. Unfortunately, the amendments, if passed, will do little to curtail the type of electoral fraud that took place during the May 2011 federal election. What t...
Jan 28th, 2014
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Election postponed after Kramp, Hill challenge proxy voting practice By Sandy Agnew Business as usual at Severn Sound Environmental Association is not good enough for Midland Deputy Mayor Stephan Kramp and Orillia Councillor Andrew Hill. They challenged the procedure to elect the SSEA Chair and Vice-...
Jan 24th, 2014
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New Tecumseth Free Press January 24, 2014 Simcoe County council’s first draft Code of Conduct presented in November to its governance committee then sent back to staff for further revisions, is back on the agenda January 28 including an amendment that would allow “occasional or incidental...
Jan 14th, 2014
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Let’s put Ontario Ombudsman André Marin in charge of investigating back-room municipal meetings and needless secrecy, not just for some cities, but for all Toronto Star Editorial  Fairness demands that public business be conducted in the open, for all to see, but some municipal councils still indulge...
Jan 14th, 2014
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Municipalities in Ontario are allowed to appoint anybody they’d like to investigate secret meetings, leading to what Ombudsman Andre Marin calls a “patchwork” system where governments can ditch investigators they disagree with By Tim Alamenciak Toronto Star In the City of Brampton, a complaint about ...
Jan 13th, 2014
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Global News TORONTO –Amalgamating Toronto, Scarborough, York, North York, East York, and Etobicoke has cost taxpayers more money, not less, according to new research out of the University of Western Ontario. But it’s unclear what caused those increased costs. Western University professor Timothy Cobb...
Dec 27th, 2013
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Globe and Mail Editorial  Ontario Ombudsman André Marin’s report into secrecy in municipal government contains good news and bad news. The good news? Citizens across the province are increasingly upset about local governments that conduct democratic business behind closed doors, and they are complain...
Dec 11th, 2013
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Tiny, Midland praised for recording closed meetings  Ontario Ombudsman release Strong public interest in local government transparency has exposed troubling gaps and weaknesses in the system for holding municipalities accountable, Ontario Ombudsman André Marin says in his latest report, released toda...
Dec 11th, 2013
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From Ontario Ombudsman’s office Ontario Ombudsman André Marin will release his 2012-2013 annual report on municipal meetings at a news conference  at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11. The new report covers cases handled by the Open Meeting Law Enforcement Team (OMLET) between September 1, 2012 and Au...
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Oct 4th, 2013
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New Tecumseth Free Press October 1, 2013 Simcoe Grey Conservative MP Kellie Leitch cost taxpayers $447,399 between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 213, according to the Members' Expenditures Report. ...