The Municipal Act, 2001 provides that the Township must establish a Council Code of Conduct which outlines ethical standards of behaviour for Members of Council. The Act also provides that a municipality may appoint an Integrity Commissioner who, among other duties, may investigate potential breaches of the Code and recommend penalties to Council where he or she has found the Member of Council to have contravened the Code.
Tony Fleming of Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little & Bonham LLP was appointed as the Integrity Commissioner for the Township of North Dundas.
Telephone Number: 613-544-0211
By-Law 2019-07 – To Appoint an Integrity Commissioner
By-Law 2018-32 – Code of Conduct for Council Members
By-Law 2018-32 – Council Code of Conduct Complaint Form
Municipal councils, local boards and their committees meet behind closed doors on occasion to deal with some matters. For example, if a municipality is being sued or if Council is considering purchasing a piece of land or if Council must deal with a labour relations issue then it is appropriate that it be able to do so at a closed meeting. The purpose of such a closed meeting is to receive information or give direction.
Local government in Ontario must be transparent and accountable. To this end, the Province 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. They must be strictly followed.
Click here for a listing of the permitted reasons for going into a closed meeting.
Municipal Investigator Services
If a member of the public has a complaint about a meeting or portion of a meeting being closed, and are unable to relieve their concerns by speaking with a member of council, that person is asked to review the process for a closed meeting investigation, and if necessary, fill out the following closed meeting investigation request form.
These complaints are investigated by the Municipal Investigator, who at this time is Local Authority Services (LAS). Please see the following by-law, for the purposes of providing for closed meeting investigation services By-law 67-2014 and FAQs for more information.
Closed session complaints are investigated by the Municipal Investigator, who at this time is Local Authority Services (LAS).
Reference By-Law 2014-0067 -Closed Meeting Investigator Services.
More information about closed sessions, including the process for an investigation, can be found on the Municipal Investigations page.