Report clears councillor, mayor of code allegations

by Vance Gutzman

A long-awaited report has cleared members of Deep River council from allegations they violated the town’s code of conduct.

Lorne Sossin, the town’s acting integrity commissioner, released the result of his investigation last week into allegations made last year by local resident Larry Dumoulin.

The town had appointed Guy Giorno last September to investigate Dumoulin’s complaints, but the Ottawa lawyer recused himself from the investigation in November.

Exercising his authority under the Municipal Act, Giorno appointed David Mullan to deal with the complaints, but he too recused himself and was replaced by Sossin, dean of Osgoode Hall Law School.

Sossin’s report, dated May 9, was released to both Dumoulin and the town.

Town council is slated to discuss the report in closed session this evening.

The NRT obtained its copy of Sossin’s report from the complainant, Dumoulin.

In his report, Sossin notes that Dumoulin has raised complaints about several members of council involving several sections of the code of conduct, and in relation to several different incidents.

“All, however, flow in one way or another from discussions and votes with respect to fire services and a fire services agreement between Deep River and CNL (Canadian Nuclear Laboratories).”

Dumoulin had singled out Councillor Jason McAuley in particular when he filed his complaints.

Sossin noted in his report that Dumoulin’s complaint against McAuley was “based on alleged conflicts of interest that resulted in repeated alleged violations of the Ontario Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (MCIA) based on indirect pecuniary interests.”

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