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Mississauga Council Sets Terms of Reference For Judicial Inquiry

Oct 29, 2009

Yesterday, in a 7 to 4 recorded vote, Mississauga Council passed a resolution setting terms of reference for a judicial inquiry to be conducted by a Superior Court judge; this decision follows a report from an outside lawyer on conflicts of interest with respect to the City's purchase of lands within the City Centre.

Council passed several amendments to the terms of reference developed and presented by City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench in a corporate report entitled "Judicial Inquiry" leading Council to raise questions about other matters involving the same parties.

"A public inquiry is an investigation carried out in the public eye and it seeks to determine why something occurred," said City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench. "It is not a trial and does not determine guilt or liability. The judge will make key decisions respecting the issues to be investigated and will report back to Council with recommendations as required by the Municipal Act."

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 730,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 61 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is one of Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers for 2010. Enhancing its citizens' quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing its infrastructure and conserving the environment, Mississauga is committed to innovation, operational excellence and fiscal responsibility which is reflected in its motto: "Leading Today for Tomorrow."

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Related Links:
   Resolution - 0234-2009
   Resolution - 0235-2009


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Email:   catherine.monast@mississauga.ca


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