Ombudsman's report says Welland contravened Municipal Act
Ontario's Ombudsman says Welland council contravened the Municipal Act and the city's procedural bylaw when they chose a replacement for Ward 5.
In a report the ombudsman says the vacant seat should not have been filled during an in-camera session.
The Welland Tribune reports a portion of the meeting used to pick Rocky Letourneau's replacement was listed as 'personal matters about an identifiable individual.'
The report says council used a secret ballot, picking Claudette Richard to fill the seat.
Under the Municipal Act and the city's procedural bylaw secret ballots are prohibited.
The paper reports Welland Mayor Frank Campion insists each councillor wrote their name on the ballot, but the results were tallied in secret.
A very successful 2017-2018 IceDogs regular season came to an end Saturday afternoon with a 6-3 win over Mississauga. A sellout St Patty's Day Meridian Centre crowd watched Niagara record their 35th win of the season for a total of 80 points in the OHL's Eastern Conference as Johnny Corneil lead the way with a goal and two assists.
Kirill Maksimov enjoyed a four point night while Johnny Corneil and Ben Jones each scored a pair in the IceDogs 6-3 Friday night win in Erie. With the win, Niagara has now secured home ice advantage in their first round playoff series with Oshawa.
Johnny Corneil scored the overtime winner exactly half-way through the extra period as the IceDogs prevailed 3-2 over visiting Hamilton for Niagara's fifth win in six meetings versus the Bulldogs. Stephen Dhillon was also big stopping 41 shots for the IceDogs fifth straight victory.