Lack of Reporting Out Information = Lack of Transparency?

In its January 2012 Report, TOWN OF AMHERSTBURG – “BEHIND CLOSED DOORS,” the Ombudsman stated, paragraph 79:

I encourage municipalities to report publicly in open session on what transpires in closed session, at least in a general way.  In some cases, public reporting might simply consist of a general discussion in open session of subjects considered in closed session, similar to the information in the resolution authorizing the session together with information about staff directions, decisions and resolutions.  In other cases, however, the nature of the discussion might allow for considerable information about the closed session to be provided.

A sample of minutes containing REPORTING OUT FROM SPECIAL IN-CAMERA COUNCIL MEETINGS
June 28, 2021:
Special In-Camera Meeting at 3: 34 p.m.
Item A – was heard under Sections 239(2)(d)&(f) of the Act. There is nothing further to report.
Item B – was heard under Section 239(2)(f) of the Act. There is nothing further to report.
Item C – was heard under Section 239(2)(i) of the Act. There is nothing further to report.
The Clerk advised that Item D will be heard this evening after Regular session.

REPORT OUT FROM IN-CAMERA SESSIONS
August 8, 16 & 25,
& September 13, 2021

August 8, 2021 a Special In-Camera Meeting at 2:00 p.m.
Item A was heard under section 239(2)(b)(d) and (f). There is nothing further to report at this time.

August 16, 2021 a Special In-Camera Meeting at 5:30 p.m.
Item A was heard under section 239(2)(b)(d) (e) and (f). There is nothing further to report at this time.

August 25, 2021 a Special In-Camera Meeting at 5:03 p.m.
Item A was heard under section 239(2)(b)(d)(e) and (f). There is nothing further to report at this time.

September 13, 2021 a Special In-Camera Meeting at 4:36 p.m.
Item A was heard under section 239(2)(f). There is nothing further to report at this time.

Town Clerk Valerie Critchley’s response: The “report out” simply notes that there is nothing further to report publicly and that any further resolutions were made in accordance with section 239(6).

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