Dec 11th, 2013
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
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...
Oct 4th, 2013
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. ...
Sep 6th, 2013
Appeal to OMB 'waste of time'By Laurie Watt Barrie Advance Septmebrer 3 2013 Ontario needs to review the mandate of the Ontario Municipal Board, local ratepayers and politicians say.The quasi-judicial planning appeal body — made up of appointees who can approve developments large and small — is expe...
Aug 30th, 2013
By Melissa Murray August 18 2013 Cambridge TimesThe region is taking the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to court, alleging board members were biased in their decision on the appeal of the region’s official plan. ...
Aug 7th, 2013
By GLORIA GALLOWAY The Globe and Mail Aug. 05 2013OTTAWA — The federal Conservative government consulted with both environmental organizations and industry associations before making controversial changes to the Fisheries Act last year, but listened primarily to industry. ...
Jun 7th, 2013
Joint news release June 5 2015Toronto, ON – Public interest groups applauded a proposed new law that would allow Ontario citizens to speak out without fear of damaging lawsuits meant to intimidate them. Today Attorney General John Gerretsen tabled a government bill to stop the growth of Strategic Law...
Mar 10th, 2013
CATCH News March 10 2013It may be next spring before council decides whether to establish a lobbyist registry despite a 2007 endorsement in principle. Although there is strong support from citizen members of the Accountability and Transparency Subcommittee, multiple objections from politicians may st...
Mar 2nd, 2013
Barrie riding splits at Tiffinby Laurie Watt Barrie Advance February 28 2013For years, Barrie wanted to be big enough to be a riding by itself.Now, it's so big, it's being split again,It was only in 2004 when Barrie voters got a unified voice in sending representatives to the House of Commons. Provin...
Feb 28th, 2013
New Tecumseth Free Press February 27, 2013Simcoe County and Georgian Bay region will grow from six to seven ridings, according to latest update from the Ontario Commission studying redistribution of federal electoral boundaries posted this week on its web site.The new riding will encompass Barrie (no...