Bruce County mayors broke law by holding secret meetings

Municipal politicians in a region of Ontario that is home to one of the world’s largest nuclear power plants violated provincial law by holding secret meetings over the storage of radioactive waste, an outside investigation has found.

The probe followed complaints about years of undocumented discussions between the mayors who sit on Bruce County council and nuclear-waste representatives searching for a permanent storage site.

There was no notice of these council meetings given to the public

An investigator with a company that helps Ontario municipalities with closed-meeting procedure investigations concluded the mayors had breached the Municipal Act, which requires open meetings.

“There was no notice of these council meetings given to the public … no clerk or designate was present to take minutes, nor were any taken,” wrote Nigel Bellchamber of London, Ont.-based Amberley Gavel.

“The public was unaware of, and in no case attended, any of these meetings; nor was there any resolution to close them.”

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