Complaints launched after closed-door session over Hastings Drive

SIMCOE - Norfolk council did nothing wrong when it went behind closed doors May 24, but its actions still caused “significant confusion” for the public, says Ontario's ombudsman. In a report on the in-camera session, held to discuss whether to allow cottages to be built on Hastings Drive in Long Point, investigator Paul Dube clears elected officials of any wrongdoing.

But he also criticizes them for the way they handled the matter and suggests formal votes and minutes be kept in closed meetings going forward.

Dube also calls for council to consider announcing in open sessions any direction given to staff in in-camera meetings.

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