On Monday April 30th, Collingwood Council voted in favour to receive Staff Report T2018-06 identifying the costs and requirements of the judicial inquiry into the sale of 50 percent of Collus to Power Stream in 2012 and delegate authority to the CAO to take and authorize any actions deemed necessary or appropriate including actions as required by the Justice presiding over the Inquiry, and further that a record of all actions shall be maintained.
Mayor Sandra Cooper along with Councillors Bob Madigan, Kathy Jeffery, Mike Edwards, Cam Ecclestone and Deb Doherty voted in favour to receive the report. Councillors Tim Fryer and Kevin Lloyd voted against.
“Is this inquiry going to co-ordinate with the information that the OPP had gathered through the six year investigation and save us some money”
— Councillor Kevin Lloyd
As a part of discussion around the table, Councillor Kevin Lloyd asked Town of Collingwood CAO Fareed Amin if the ongoing OPP investigation would share information that it has gathered to date with the newly launched Judicial Inquiry.
“Six years ago there was an OPP investigation launched which looked into what I am of the understanding, quite a few of the areas that this Judicial Inquiry is going to be looking in to. My latest information on that is that that inquiry cost well in excess of two million dollars of public funds. I’m totally opposed to this. I think it’s a waste of $1.6 million of taxpayer’s money, Collingwood taxpayer’s money alone. But what I want to make sure of is, is this inquiry going to co-ordinate with the information that the OPP had gathered through the six year investigation and save us some money hopefully, and I’ll point out particularly where … any fee or benefit of any kind paid or confirmed on behalf of PowerStream any person related to the transaction, that should have been looked into. The allocation of proceeds of the transaction to construct the recreation facilities at Central Park and Heritage Park and payment of any fee or benefit any person of the entity involved in the creation and construction of the recreational facility at Central Park … that should be all available I would suspect.”
“But certainly the Commissioner will have access to previous reviews that have occurred as well as the OPP inquiry”
— Town of Collingwood CAO Fareed Amin
Mr. Amin replied by saying the Judicial Inquiry Commissioner, The Honourable Frank N. Marrocco, Associate Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice, will have access to previous reviews.
It will be up to the Commissioner to decide what the review, either conducted in the past or in process that he wants to work with and relate to. I can sort of comment on whether or not the OPP investigation will be taken into account by the Commissioner. But certainly the Commissioner will have access to previous reviews that have occurred as well as the OPP inquiry and I suspect he will make a determination as to the relevance of that inquiry and how he may wish to relate to that, if any. When council had this discussion in camera that information was also available to council prior to making its decision on the Judicial Inquiry.”
Councillor Lloyd said he wanted to know that the OPP findings would be made available.
“I just want to be that there is the opportunity, that there is the availability of that information to this inquiry.”
On Tuesday March 6, 2018, Staff Sergeant Carolle Dionne, Provincial Media Relations Coordinator with the Ontario Provincial Police confirmed to CollingwoodLiving.com that the OPP Anti-Rackets Branch Town of Collingwood investigation remains active.
“In answer to your questions, yes the OPP Anti-Rackets Branch investigation is still active. However, we can’t provide details on the content of the investigation. “
There will be no duplication of efforts in work done by a judicial inquiry and investigative work being done by the OPP
— Staff Sergeant Carolle Dionne, Provincial Media Relations Coordinator, OPP
Dionne cleared up any concern that there would be a duplication of resources and efforts between the two investigations.
“I can provide some input on your comments about duplication involving the OPP investigation and the work of a pending judicial inquiry. Should a judicial inquiry commence in relation to the various aspects of the sale of Collus to PowerStream. The OPP investigation will not be negatively impacted in any way. There will be no duplication of efforts in work done by a judicial inquiry and investigative work being done by the OPP.”
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