CORNWALL Ontario – Councilor Maurice Dupelle is frustrated. After his first term as councilor was mired in scandal and controversy he’s now facing the decision to call in the closed meeting investigator (cue Hugo!) over his allegation that much of what occurred at a recent in camera meeting was in fact not in camera information.
His first term was marred by several illegal in camera meetings culminating with the Illegal waterfront committee meeting where chair Lee Cassidy moved the meeting in camera with former Mayor Kilger and former long time councilor Glen Grant at the table.
That begs the question of whether he or any of the other councilors can discuss issues that were in fact not in camera material or are they forbidden to do so? Likewise if the latter is true can it be used as a tool to hide truths from the public?
I asked three councilors that question and they all had the same reply. “Good question?”
He discusses it one on one with CFN in the audio clip above.
The focus is on his allegation that the onus was on city clerk Helen Finn to inform Council or the chair, in this case Bernadette Clement, if a meeting violates the rules.
He was also frustrated in not receiving timely responses from CAO Norm Levac which was quite ironic as this writer has complained of the same.
What was most disconcerting was that the meeting itself was not long and if most of the discussion was not related to the issue of cutting or freezing staff on the City payroll then clearly this council isn’t focused on fighting taxes.
Currently they are looking at raising taxes over 5%.
Councilor Dupelle mentioned an interesting fact in that council are not seeing timely department audits which are a tool for them to make some of the tough policy decisions that councils make.
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