Feb 20th, 2015
By Ian Adams Wasaga Sun CLEARVIEW Twp. – A councillor who is pushing for a change in the township’s governance structure says it should be better for both municipal politicians and the public. Ward 5 Coun. Thom Paterson is asking council to consider a new format for how council conducts its business,...
Jan 27th, 2015
By Sara Carson Barrie Advance Your municipal council members may be holding illegal closed session meetings and if you formally complain, the investigation that follows may not be accurate. Tuesday, Ontario Ombudsman André Marin released his third-annual report on closed session meetings. He criticiz...
Jan 22nd, 2015
By Bill Tremblay Orangeville Banner All votes will now be recorded votes in Orangeville’s council chambers. Traditionally, a councillor would call a recorded vote if they perceived the issue as particularly import to municipal business. On Monday (Jan. 20), council decided to record every vote they c...
Dec 9th, 2014
Public will be able to flle complaints about municipalities, universities, school boards (but not Conservation Authorities!) Ontario Ombudsman news release Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today welcomed the historic passage of a new law that will allow his office to investigate complaints about municip...
Dec 9th, 2014
New Tecumseth Free Press Online New Tecumseth’s new councillors wasted little time putting their own stamp on their four year term, voting unanimously last night to move committee of council meetings to Monday mornings starting at 10 am, replacing the traditional 7 pm starts. While it remains t...
Dec 9th, 2014
By Frank Matys Orillia Today Suzanne Craig will be re-appointed as the city’s closed-meeting investigator. Craig, who additionally serves as Orillia’s integrity commissioner, was first appointed closed-meeting investigator in 2013. Staff noted that any individual can request an investigation to deter...
Dec 2nd, 2014
By Gisele Winton Sarvis, Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin In his opening address to council, new Clearview Mayor Chris Vanderkruys said that councillors will need to collaborate and think “outside the box” to make sure they can meet the expectations of residents over the next four years. Vanderkruys a...
Dec 1st, 2014
Ontario Reintroduces Legislation to Safeguard Public Participation in Debate Ontarip government news release Ontario is taking steps to protect the freedom of people who speak out on matters of public interest. If passed, the Protection of Public Participation Act would give Ontario courts a more eff...
Nov 17th, 2014
I attended more than my fair share of all-candidates’ meetings during the recent municipal election. Here are a few good ideas gleaned from the campaign trail around the county. -Recorded votes: Make every council vote a recorded vote. This is an example of how electronic voting can serve democ...