Report Finds Bruce County Meetings Violated Municipal Act

An investigator dealing with municipal procedures have concluded that Bruce County politicians did actually violate the Municipal Act by holding a secret meetings over the storage of radioactive waste. Nigel Bellchamber, from for Amberley Gavel Limited in London, professed that they were not secret meetings with OPG. Bellchamber explained that “we don’t use the term ‘secret meeting’ at all.  In order for a meeting to be held properly, it requires notice, it requires minutes, it requires someone to take those minutes in order there be an accurate record.”

Providing more justification, Bellchamber pointed out that “that was not really the key issue here.  The key issue was that county councillors came together, all be it in another capacity.  There were invited as heads of their local council.  However, as heads of local council they also form county council.” Meanwhile, the report has stressed that the rules under the Municpal Act were broken. Bellchamber confessed that “I think they weren’t deliberate,” adding that “but once you have the quorum of county council in the same place, dealing with an issue that was on county coucil’s table, then we concluded that, in fact, it could be considered as well a meeting of county council.”

Consequently, Bellchamber proposed that councilors should have followed the open meetings provisions in the Municipal Act, which ask them to post public notice, have a clerk present and record minutes. Bellchamber stated that “there is no further action to be taken” since “the report is the process.”

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