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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Councillor Files Complaint With Integrity Commissioner

Orillia | by Ian MacLennan  
Mason Ainsworth insists in-camera meeting about recreation centre should have been public.

Hours after Councillor Mason Ainsworth filed a complaint with the City's integrity commissioner about an in-camera meeting regarding the recreation centre, the door was shut a second time on his attempt to have those talks made public.
City council on Monday agreed to keep the details under wraps.
It will be up to the integrity commissioner to determine whether to investigate the complaint.
The meeting in question happened on February 5th and was deemed a "legal" matter.
Afterwards, Ainsworth told Sunshine 89 News that if people knew about the information being discussed they would not be happy.
He returned to that theme on Tuesday, saying people should have a right to know where their taxpayer dollars are going and they should know what's going on with the biggest project in the history of Orillia.
Mayor Steve Clarke said last week that had Ainsworth been successful in his attempt to have the discussion in open session it would have been irresponsible.
Ainsworth says it might be irresponsible from a political perspective, adding he really does believe it would embarrass certain members of council if details of the in-camera discussion were made public.
Construction on the $53 Million recreational facility on West Street South is expected to be completed by summer.
Ainsworth says summer is the timeline he originally was aware of but now he says he isn't sure when the centre will open.
City councillors voted to direct staff to prepare a report with respect to the construction schedule for the rec centre for the council committee meeting on February 26, as well as the current costs associated with the project.

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