November 9, 2020 - Email Response to Acting CAO Letter

On November 9, an email was sent to the Alnwick/Haldimand Acting CAO. The email pointed out that the A/H interpretation of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) was incorrect.

The email went on to talk about Freedom of Information and that the Township of Alnwick Haldimand was not complying with the mandate to be open, transparent and accountable as per the Municipal Act.

Currently A/H does not record audio or video of Council meetings. Continuing to enforce a Procdure Bylaw prohibiting the recording of Council proceedings is tantamount to obstruction when it comes to important Council decisions regarding Parks and Recreation, Community Centres and Library budgets. This is contrary to recommendations by the Ombudsman.

There is no privacy protection provided through MFIPPA for discussions around the regular business of the municipality by staff, council and members of the public during a public council meeting. Anything that is said during a public meeting can be reported in public.

It was concluded that this was a frivolous accusation. The demand that we take down audio recordings from our website, and threatening to ban us from future in-person or virtual meetings is bullying meant to intimidate a resident.

Here is a link to the email 

November 4, 2020 - Letter From Acting CAO Regarding Recordings of Budget Meeting

On November 4, 2020 we received an email from Alnwick/Haldimand Acting Clerk Alexandra Smith with the attached PDF Document Letter From Acting CAO .

The letter states that the Township had received a complaint under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act that we had not asked for permission to record the proceedings of a virtual PUBLIC budget meeting. The CAO requested that our recording of this PUBLIC Council meeting regarding the Municipal budget be taken off the website. He threatened that If we did not take the recording off the website, we would be banned from participating in future virtual or in-person Council meetings.

We have deleted the recordings for now.

October 24, 2020 - A/H Draft Budget Deliberations

Alnwick/Haldimand Council held discussions on their draft 2021 budget. The public was allowed to listen in via Zoom. The following are recordings made of the proceedings:

  • Public Works   
  • Parks & Recreation  
  • Cemeteries  
  • Heritage  
  • Grafton & Fenella Community Centres  
  • Alnwick Civic Centre  
  • Centreton Community Centre  
  • Vernonville Community Centre  
  • Library  
  • Police Services Board  
  • Public Question Period