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Town hires counsel for judicial inquiry

As the judicial inquiry into the past sale of COLLUS moves forward, the town has hired a lawyer for counsel during the process.
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As the judicial inquiry into the past sale of COLLUS moves forward, the town has hired a lawyer for counsel during the process.

Collingwood council approved a motion to hire Will McDowell as legal counsel for the municipality during the judicial inquiry into the 2012 sale of 50 per cent of COLLUS to Powerstream.

The decision came after an in camera session at the end of the council meeting on June 11.

Collingwood CAO Fareed Amin also delivered an update to councillors in open session after Councillor Kathy Jeffrey asked about live streaming the hearings.

Amin said the arrangements have been made to live stream the public hearing portion of the review.

He said the commissioner’s team is in place now, including a commissioner, commission counsel (Janet Leiper), an assistant counsel and a communication assistant. He said the commission staff visited town last week and will be here again Thursday.

“They are in the process of producing what’s called a production order, which is a request to various parties to provide information to the commissioner,” said Amin. “I understand [the municipality] will be the first to receive such a request.”

Amin reiterated the town will cooperate with the commission and make sure the information provided is “exhaustive.”

He said he expects the public hearings to begin in the early fall.




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