City Clerk / Director of Legislative & Court Services
Phone: (705) 726-4220 ext 4560
Fax: (705) 739-4206
Generally, municipal councils, local boards and their committees hold their meetings in public. They meet behind closed doors on occasion to deal with some matters. The purpose of a closed meeting is to receive certain information or give direction.
Municipal governments in Ontario must be transparent and accountable. The provincial government has set the rules for a council, local board or a committee to go into a closed meeting. These rules are found in Section 239 of the Municipal Act, 2001.
A meeting or part of a meeting may be closed to the public if the subject matter is:
A meeting or part of a meeting must be closed to the public if the subject matter is related to a request under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or it relates to an ongoing investigation respecting the municipality, a local board or a municipally-controlled corporation by the Ombudsman.
In the City of Barrie, the meetings of the bodies to which this legislation applies includes City Council, General Committee, and Reference Committees and specific Advisory Committees.
As of January 1, 2008 any person or corporation can request that an investigation be undertaken respecting whether a municipality or local board, or a committee of either, has complied with closed meeting rules outlined in the Municipal Act, 2001 or the applicable procedural by-law.
Through Local Authority Services Limited (LAS), the City of Barrie has engaged the services of Amberley Gavel Ltd. as the Municipal Closed Meeting Investigator and has authorized it to conduct investigations upon receipt of a request for investigation regarding meetings or parts of meetings that are closed to the public. LAS was chosen so that independence, impartiality and credibility of the investigation are ensured. LAS is a subsidiary of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).
The investigator will determine compliance with the Municipal Act, 2001 or the City of Barrie’s Procedural By-law with respect to closed meetings and will report on the results of such investigations. During the investigation, the investigator may contact you for further information.
The investigator will only investigate meetings that were held on or after January 1, 2008.
A request for investigation must be submitted on the established form. Copies of the form are available in the Legislative and Court Services Department. All requests must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked “PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL” and contain all of the following information:
All requests shall be sealed in an envelope clearly marked “PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL” and submitted by mail or in person directly to:
The Corporation of the City of Barrie
Attention: City Clerk
City Hall, 1st Floor
70 Collier Street
Barrie, ON L4M 4T5
All requests will be treated as confidential as required by law. Requests will be forwarded directly to LAS by the City Clerk. The City Clerk will provide the investigator with a certified copy of the meeting agenda, meeting minutes, the City’s Procedural By-law, notice, and a copy of other relevant information. LAS will only investigate issues referred to them by the municipality.
All requests must be received by the City Clerk within one (1) year of the date of the meeting to which the request is related.
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