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Closed session (in camera) meeting investigation

Under the Municipal Act, 2001, as amended, a meeting can be closed to the public pursuant to Section 239.

Council may close a meeting to consider any of the following:

A member of the public can request an investigation of a Closed Session Meeting (Section 239.1 and 239.2), if they feel a meeting was closed improperly. 

The Region of Peel has, under Council Resolution 2007-1541, entered into an agreement with Local Authority Services (LAS) to conduct Closed Sessions investigations.

Requests should be directed to the Office of the Regional Clerk by calling 905-791-7800, ext. 4545 or emailing the  Regional Clerk.

Investigations

On January 21, 2016 Regional Council held a closed meeting for the purpose of an educational session about community water fluoridation. The Clerk's office received a complaint about the meeting requesting an investigation into the validity of the closed meeting. The Region appointed Local Authority Services (LAS) as its closed meeting investigator and it delegated its powers and duties to Amberley Gavel Ltd. to undertake the investigation and report to the Region. The investigation is complete and the report is attached. Amberley Gavel concluded that the meeting was a breach of the open meeting requirements of the Municipal Act. There are no further outcomes from the report.

Pursuant to the Municipal Act,the report has been made public: Final Report, July, 2016 (PDF)

The report will be on the agenda for the September 8, 2016 Regional Council meeting for receipt.

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Contact us

For additional information, contact the Manager of Legislative Services at:
905-791-7800, ext. 4462 or email Council.