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‘The quest for accountability’: Collingwood to pursue legal action based on inquiry findings

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Jul 21st, 2021
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Mayor Brian Saunderson

No financial limit set for law firm to conduct work

From Simcoe.com July 21, 2021
By Ian Adams

The Town of Collingwood has retained lawyers to get “direct accountability” from those at the heart of the Collingwood judicial inquiry.

“This story is not about things from the past. That past continues to haunt us, it continues to cost our taxpayers money annually, and it will continue to cost money annually until we have taken steps to rectify that by creating new facilities,” Mayor Brian Saunderson said before council approved a motion July 19 to retain the law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG).

BLG’s role is based on the legal advice it gave to council behind closed doors June 24, and will include “the preparation of materials to advance the Town of Collingwood’s objective of achieving accountability of various parties with respect to their actions based on the findings made by Mr. Justice Frank Marrocco in the Collingwood Judicial Inquiry Report.”

In an email to Simcoe.com, municipal officials indicated it is unknown at this time if further reports to council on proceeding with legal action will occur.

Municipal officials also stated a financial limit had not been established in connection to the July 19 decision.

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