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Municipal oversight

Thursday, June 11, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By John Mascarin

In R. v. Greenbaum [1992], the Supreme Court of Canada pronounced, “Municipalities are entirely creatures of provincial statutes.” In case it was lost on anyone, even when the Ontario legislature provided its municipalities with new broad powers in the Municipal Act, 2001, the statute re-enforced that “municipalities are created by the Province of Ontario to be responsible and accountable governments with respect to matters within their jurisdiction.”

Last Dec. 11, the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014 (Bill 8), received royal assent. When...