Niagara Region updates administrative processes, as recognized by Ombudsman

Niagara Region is in receipt of the report of the Ontario Ombudsman issued today in respect of the Ombudsman’s investigation into the events of the December 7, 2017 council meeting.  

Niagara Region cooperated fully in the Ombudsman’s investigation and intends to thoroughly review the final report, having regard to the Ombudsman’s opinions and recommendations contained therein. The corporation welcomes the input of the Ombudsman and is pleased to have already implemented many of the proposed recommendations.

Regional Council, in consultation with local media and other municipalities, has approved new policies and taken comprehensive steps to ensure that best practices are followed in respect of the conduct of council meetings. Some of the recent policies and procedures approved by Council include, but are not limited to:

  • Amending the "Corporate Media Relations Policy", C-A-014 (Appendix 2A) as provided in Appendix 2B of Report CAO 13-2018
  • Approving recruitment of a Sergeant-at-Arms, similar to local area municipalities, in management of public spaces and council chambers during Council meetings
  • Approving the use of an Ante-Room for closed-session meetings at a cost of approximately $50,000 derived from the 2018 Facilities Management capital budget
  • Approving "Management of Personal Items, Equipment and Disruptive Behaviour Prior to a Closed Session of Council or Committee Policy" (Appendix 1 of CAO 13-2018)
  • Instituting a new procedural checklist and policies for entering In Camera portions of Regional Council and Committee meetings
  • Approving "Corporate Video Surveillance Policy" as Appendix 4 of Report CAO 13-2018
  • Updating Niagara Region’s Procedural Bylaw to enhance the procedures that inform the process of meetings

Niagara Region is committed to ensuring that there is safe and orderly access to all public meetings.

Contact

Jason Tamming
Director, Strategic Communications & Public Affairs, Niagara Region
905-980-6000 ext. 3371
jason.tamming@niagararegion.ca


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