A Norfolk councillor has alleged that “orchestration” is behind some of the decisions made at Governor Simcoe Square.
Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman levelled the charge during a discussion of integrity commissioner John Mascarin’s annual report on April 28.
“I feel there is a lot of pre-consultation among council,” Huffman said via video link. “I feel that demeans our transparency and our obligations to our constituents.”
Huffman was referring to a section of Mascarin’s annual report where the integrity commissioner speaks of local issues he dealt with in 2019.
“Prior consultation by members amongst themselves via email or other electronic or digital means in advance of an open debate and discussion of matters derogates from the general open meeting rule and serves to undermine the goals of transparency and accountability of local government,” Mascarin said in the 11-page report.