Councillors with the City of Dryden have once again been investigated for their actions, following a complaint by a member of the public. The original complaint was sent to the Ontario Ombudsman, which was then directed back to city staff. 

The complaint alleged that a meeting was held in August at the Holiday Inn in Dryden, where five councillors met in violation of municipal laws. Municipal laws state that no more than three councillors can be present to discuss municipal matters, without minutes being taken by a city employee.

The councillors named in the complaint include Nick Beyak, John Carlucci, Martin MacKinnon, Norm Bush and Mayor Greg Wilson. The closed meeting investigator for the City of Dryden, Paul Heayn, investigated the complaint by interviewing each councillor allegedly involved, the complainant, and other members of the public involved in the meeting.

The report states that the five councillors involved in the meeting were brought together to learn more about running their municipal re-election campaigns, and the other members of the public were there to learn more about their own election campaigns, and one was a campaign consultant from Fort Frances.

Everyone who was interviewed by the investigator stated that no official municipal matters were discussed at the meeting, and was simply a private meeting were colleagues learned more about running municipal campaigns.

The report and the investigator cleared councillors of all complaints. The full report can be found below.

“I recognize that there is a deep resentment by a particular group in our community of five of us currently sitting on council. Councillors Bush, Carlucci, Beyak, MacKinnon, and myself, ” said Mayor Greg Wilson, following the report presentation at a recent Committee of the Whole meeting.

“I’m personally thankful of the timing where the citizens of Dryden can vote on who they want on council later this month. Whichever way the election goes, we as a community can put these emotions behind us. The city can get back to business and look after the interests of our citizens. Regardless of who the council make-up is, it’s really important that we keep looking forward, not backwards.”

This is the second complaint against Dryden city council in as many months. The previous complaint surrounded the Dryden Fire Service’s work stoppage and shift to a new firefighting model earlier this year.

The complaint alleged that Mayor Wilson, along with councillor Nick Beyak, Norm Bush, Martin MacKinnon and John Carlucci were failing to act in a transparent or democratic manner, during the dispute. Councillors were cleared of any ill-intent.

For more information:
Councillors cleared of complaints
The City of Dryden - Closed meeting complaint report

More Local News

Stolen guns recovered

The street crimes unit of Treaty Three Police Service have recovered stolen firearms. They were found after the execution of search warrants at Big Grassy First Nation. Charges are pending. Anyone…

Museum grateful for grant

The Dryden and District Museum is moving ahead with some repairs and renovations, after receiving a grant from Ottawa. The grant of $5,000 will help fix up the temporary exhibit space, by adding a…

Mamakwa, Macleod debate youth supports

Kiiwatinoong member Sol Mamakwa wants to know more about the province's plans to help children at risk. "The question is, without access to a provincial child advocate today, who will First Nations…

Rickford spars with Gravelle on twinning

Northern Development Minister Greg Rickford had a blunt message for opposition critic Michael Gravelle, when the issue of twinning the Trans-Canada came up. "There's a question out there," the…

Warm welcome for Santa

The streets of Dryden were filled with families, who were hoping to catch a glimpse of Santa. "The horses with the lights were my favourite part," said Cadence Hatfield. Brynlee Jonassen had a…

Internet safety for youth a ‘high priority’ for police, parents

The OPP say that when it comes to youth using the internet, danger is just one click away. Police are stressing that parents should take time to better understand what their child is doing on the…

New highway maintenance standards introduced

The provincial government is working to make northern highways more safe for residents in the region. During Question Period, Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek detailed the new improvements and…

Santa is in town tonight

Santa will be making his way to Dryden tonight. He'll be in town as part of the annual Santa Claus Parade. Residents are reminded that parking restrictions will be enforced for the parade route.…

Gas drops again in NWO

The price of gas in northwestern Ontario has dropped again. The price in Kenora has gone down to 125.9 a litre. That's 6 cents less then last week when gas was up to 131.9 a litre. During Question…

Frostbite warning in effect

Residents are reminded to layer-up today, as Environment Canada is calling for temperatures near -25 with the wind chill today, and temperatures near -27 overnight. “Temperatures are dropping, it’s… is Kenora's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide