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Media Advisory: Ontario Ombudsman to Release First-Ever Annual Report on Investigations of Closed Municipal Meetings-October 30

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TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 24, 2012) - Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin will release his first annual report on enforcing the province's open-meeting law in municipalities across the province on Tuesday, October 30 - at a news conference at 1 p.m. in the Queen's Park Media Studio.

The Ombudsman will discuss transparency at the municipal level and highlight recent cases handled by his office's Open Meeting Law Enforcement Team (OMLET), which has investigated complaints about closed municipal meetings since 2008.

Prior to the news conference, there will be a technical briefing for journalists from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Committee Room 1, where copies of the Ombudsman's report will be available (under embargo until the news conference). Senior staff of the Ombudsman's office will be available to answer questions on background.

Journalists from outside of Toronto are invited to participate in the news conference by teleconference. Journalists who wish to participate should email Ashley Bursey (abursey@ombudsman.on.ca) - please give your name and media outlet to confirm your attendance and to receive more information on how to participate. A full list of participants will be distributed to the Queen's Park Press Gallery. Journalists registered for the teleconference will also receive embargoed copies of the report by email at 12 p.m.

Any journalists attending the press conference in person who are not members of the Queen's Park Press Gallery are asked to report to Room 387A of the Legislative Building for passes, or call Gerald Christopher at 416-325-7922.

The news conference will be streamed live and can be watched online at the Ombudsman's website, www.ombudsman.on.ca, where the full report and media materials will also be posted at 1 p.m. As well, live updates will be posted at the Ombudsman's Twitter account - www.twitter.com/Ont_Ombudsman. Video of the news conference will be posted later on YouTube (www.YouTube.com/OntarioOmbudsman).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Ontario Ombudsman
Linda Williamson
Director of Communications
416-586-3426
lwilliamson@ombudsman.on.ca


Ontario Ombudsman
Ashley Bursey
Communications Officer
416-586-3521
abursey@ombudsman.on.ca


Ontario Ombudsman
Patricia Tomasi
Communications Officer
416-586-3402
ptomasi@ombudsman.on.ca


Ontario Ombudsman
Elena Yunusov
Communications Officer
416-586-3525
eyunusov@ombudsman.on.ca
www.ombudsman.on.ca

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