An investigation into meetings held between OPG, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) and
The report, presented during
According to the report by Amberley Gavel Ltd., county council did violate the Municipal Act, however, investigators do not believe it was done deliberately.
“There is no doubt that the DGR issue was a matter that was under consideration, in one way or another, by Bruce County Council, from 2008 to 2013,” Nigel Bellchamber of Amberley Gavel Ltd. stated in the report. “Did members at the CCAG meetings discuss common interests with the view to, or that resulted in, materially advancing the business or decision making of the municipality? There are no “minutes” of the meetings of the CCAG although some notes summarizing attendance and discussions were kept by a representative of OPG.”
The report goes on to say that at least one quorum of county council was present at several meetings held between 2009 and 2012.
“Based on the notes that we reviewed from OPG and the council and committee minutes, we are of the opinion that the county councillors were as much influenced in their decisions at County Council or in Committee with respect to the DGR project, and probably more, by the discussions that they participated in at the CCAG meetings,” Bellchamber said. “Thus, Amberley Gavel is of the opinion that the Community Consultation Advisory Group (CCAG) meetings between March 2009 and
“However, the question needs to be asked, did the members deliberately contravene the
Act? Our conclusion is that they did not. There is no evidence that we can determine that any mayor or county staff member raised the issue with the elected officials that they might be in breach of the Act as county councillors.”
Amberley Gavel Ltd. has recommended that councillors be more aware to situations where the Municipal Act could be breached by members of council coming together for occasions other than regular meetings or special meetings of council.